Cinema: The New Pictures, Nov. 28, 1949

They Live by Night (RKO Radio) is a sleeper, i.e., a low-budget job that surprises its makers by being a hit. It has had a delayed release in the U.S. after making a reputation for itself in England. Except for its sentimental view of crooks, it is a well-made little crime movie flavored with poetic young love.

Director Nicholas (Knock on Any Door) Ray has succeeded in breathing some new life into his hackneyed plot. An escaped lifer (Farley Granger) and his girl (Cathy O'Donnell) hopelessly try to filter through a police dragnet. As...

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