They Live by Night

DVD review from The Movie Snob

They Live by Night (C). The back of the DVD case says it all: “Young, in love — and up to their necks in classic film-noir danger.” Bowie Bowers (Farley Granger, Strangers on a Train) is a 23-year-old convict. He busts out with two other hardcases, and while they’re lying low, he meets Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell, The Best Years of Our Lives), the young niece of one of the other cons. They fall in love, and for a while they manage to get by, keeping a low profile and living off the money Bowie saved from the threesome’s last bank heist. But his two buddies blow all their dough and need Bowie to help them pull another job, and this starts him on the dark, noirish road to his final destiny. Not as good as some of the other films in this film noir collection, but not terrible. Also features Ian Wolfe, who guest-starred in a couple of episodes of the original Star Trek series and also appeared in Witness for the Prosecution.

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2 comments on “They Live by Night

  1. […] Two strangers meet on a train somewhere on the east coast.  One is Guy Haines (Farley Granger, They Live by Night), a professional tennis player who wants a divorce from his unpleasant and uncooperative wife so he […]

  2. […] (Farley Granger, Strangers on a Train) living in NYC with his young wife (Cathy O’Donnell, They Live by Night) in her parents’ apartment yearns to make good. While working as a part-time mail carrier, […]

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