They Came by Night (1940)

Approved   |    |  Crime, Drama

Jeweler James Fothergill helps Scotland Yard recover a valuable ruby by worming his way into the gang which stole it and setting them up for the police.


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30 May 2017 | boblipton
| A Pleasant Programmer from Fox UK
Will Fyffe is a jeweler with a pretty niece, played by Phyllis Calvert. When a precious ruby is stolen, his brother commits suicide.Mr. Fyffe becomes mixed up with the thieves and drawn into their schemes.

It's a very good programmer for Fox's British studio. Mr. Fyffe is excellent in the role, but director Harry Lachman directs it for speed. Nonetheless, Mr. Fyffe gets to show canny good humor in the role. Miss Calvert was still in the beginning of her career, playing the pleasant ingenue -- although her first screen role had been a dozen years earlier, it would not be until the following year's THE REMARKABLE MR. KIPPS that she would have her breakout role. Mr. Lachman returned to the U.S., where he would work for a couple of years in Fox' B division, then retire Mr. Fyffe would return to smaller roles until his death in 1947.

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