He Walked by Night

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He Walked by Night ★★★½ 1948

Los Angeles homicide investigators track down cop killer Ray Morgan (Basehart) in this excellent drama. The final confrontation takes place in the L.A. County Flood Control System, consisting of some 700 miles of underground tunnels. Based on a true story from the files of the Los Angeles police, this first rate production reportedly inspired Webb to create “Dragnet.” 80m/B VHS, DVD . Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Jack Webb, Whit Bissell; D: Alfred Werker, Anthony Mann; W: John C. Higgins; C: John Alton; M: Leonid Raab.