DRAGNET
1954, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Jack Webb

This feature-length expansion of the hit TV series has taciturn Sgt. Joe Friday (Webb) and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) investigating the murder of an organized-crime bookie. Webb gets tougher-than-TV in his often brutal pursuit, backstopped by Capt. James Hamilton (Richard Boone) and undercover policewoman Grace Downey (Ann Robinson). A no-holds-barred version of the famed TV series, this is a rarely screened melding of mid-20th-century American history and vintage pop culture.


HE WALKED BY NIGHT
1948, Park Circus/MGM, 79 min, USA, Dir: Alfred L. Werker

A psychotic loner (Richard Basehart) uses his genius for electronics to commit robberies while evading the police. When he escalates to cop killer, L.A.’s finest (Scott Brady, Roy Roberts and Jack Webb) employ new-for-the-time crime-fighting techniques to trap their clever adversary. The manhunt leads through - and beneath - Los Angeles’ most noir-stained cityscapes, stunningly photographed by the greatest of all noir cinematographers, John Alton. Featuring uncredited directorial assistance from Anthony Mann (RAW DEAL, T-MEN).


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