They Live By Night - The Criterion Collection

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They Live By Night

- The Criterion Collection


Bowie (Granger) escapes from prison with bank robbers Chicamaw (DaSilva) and T-Dub (Flippen). Bowie was unfairly convicted of murder. The three plan to rob a bank. Bowie needs the money to hire a lawyer to prove he is innocent. Bowie, injured in an auto accident, finds refuge with the daughter of the owner of a gas station, Keechie (O'Donnell). They fall in love with each other, flee and plan to live an honest life.


On the run, they get married and Keechie gets pregnant. But then Chicamaw and T-Dub return and demand that Bowie come with them for one more job. Bowie is forced to accept but the heist goes wrong: T-Dub ends up dead and Bowie, after a violent argument in the getaway car, leaves Chicamaw stranded. Bowie soon finds that he is unable to escape being hunted by the law and meets a tragic end.

Video-Black and White   Audio-mono  Language-English  Video Aspect- full screen

They Live by Night
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Directed by Nicholas Ray
Produced by John Houseman
Screenplay by Charles Schnee
Nicholas Ray
Based on Thieves Like Us
1937 novel
by Edward Anderson
Starring Cathy O'Donnell
Farley Granger
Howard Da Silva
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography George E. Diskant
Edited by Sherman Todd
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • August 1948 (premiere-London)
  • November 3, 1949 (US)[1]
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Technical Specifications

Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color Black and White
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (full screen)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm


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