They Live by Night (1948)

Passed   |    |  Crime, Film-Noir, Romance


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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.


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  • Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell in They Live by Night (1948)
  • Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell in They Live by Night (1948)
  • Helen Craig and Howard Da Silva in They Live by Night (1948)
  • Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell in They Live by Night (1948)
  • Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell in They Live by Night (1948)
  • Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell in They Live by Night (1948)

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3 July 2015 | bkoganbing
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| Juliet and Clyde
Nicholas Ray made his directorial debut in They Live By Night that's a little bit Romeo and Juliet and a little bit Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie Parker will no way recognize Cathy O'Donnell as herself, but The Bard will no way miss seeing her as Juliet Capulet.

As for Farley Granger he was always playing sensitive and misunderstood youths like this one back in his salad days. Ostensibly he starts as an innocent kid convicted for something he didn't do and is looking for money to get a good lawyer to clear himself.

A pair of rough customers, Howard DaSilva and Jay C. Flippen break out of their prison farm in Mississippi and as Flippen puts it recognize talent when they see it and he's an investment. If Granger was innocent before he sure isn't now. But the funny thing is that the media concentrate on Granger's baby face good looks and dub him as the gang leader.

While Granger heals up from injuries sustained in the escape he does it at Will Wright's farm and gas station where he meets Cathy O'Donnell and it's instant love. But this is passion that will burn hot and fast as this love is no way meant to last.

Ray did remarkably well capturing the doomed nature of the relationship and the people. Even viewing it today by someone who never heard of Bonnie&Clyde or even has seen the classic film. There is such an aura of sadness permeating the entire film from start to finish that even though you know it will end bad, you are drawn to these people.

They Live By Night is one of Farley Granger's signature roles and a great start for the career of Nicholas Ray.

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