They Live by Night

They Live by Night

Cathy O'Donnell
Director: Nicholas Ray Cast: Cathy O'Donnell
Cathy O'Donnell
, Farley Granger
Farley Granger
, Howard Da Silva
Howard Da Silva
Nicholas Ray

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"This boy...and this girl...were never properly introduced to the world we live in." With this superimposed opening title, director Nicholas Ray inaugurates his first feature, They Live by Night. Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell play a "Bonnie and Clyde"-type fugitive couple, who in trying to escape their past are hell-bent down the road to Doom. Despite their criminal activities, Bowie (Granger) and Keechie (O'Donnell) are hopelessly naïve, fabricating their own idyllic dream world as the authorities close in. The entrapment -- both actual and symbolic -- of the young misfit couple can now be seen as a precursor to the dilemma facing James Dean in Ray's 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. A box-office disappointment upon its first release, They Live by Night has since gained stature as one of the most sensitive and least-predictable entries in the film noir genre. The film was based on a novel by Edward Anderson, and in 1974 was filmed by Robert Altman under its original title, Thieves Like Us.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2017
UPC: 0715515198615
Original Release: 1948
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 6,405

Special Features

Audio commentary from 2007 featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger; New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith; Short Piece from 2007 with critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; Illustrated audio excerpts from a 1956 interview with producer John Houseman; PLUS: a new essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cathy O'Donnell Keechie
Farley Granger Bowie
Howard Da Silva Chickamaw
Jay C. Flippen T-Dub
Helen Craig Mattie
Will Wright Mobley
Marie Bryant Singer
Ian Wolfe Hawkins
William Phipps Young Farmer
James Dobson Boy at Parking Lot
Stanley Prager Short Order Man
Helen Crozier Nurse
Jane Allen People
Frank Marlowe Mattie's Husband
Jim Nolan Schreiber
Charles Meredith Commissioner Hubbell
Teddy Infuhr Alvin
Byron Foulger Lambert
J. Louis Johnson Porter
Myra Marsh Mrs. Schaeffer
Guy Beach Plumber
Suzi Crandall Lulu
Fred Graham Motorcycle Cop
Lewis Charles Parking Lot Attendant
Dan Foster Groom
Marilyn Mercer Bride
Lynn Whitney Waitress
Carmen Morales Mother
Ralph Dunn Policeman
Mickey Simpson Shadow
Boyd Davis Herman
Kate Lawson Tillie
Gail Davis Girl at Parking Lot
Curt Conway Man in Tuxedo
Chester Jones Waiter in Nightclub
Douglas Williams Drunk
Jimmy Moss Boy
Erskine Sanford Doctor
Frank Ferguson Bum
Eula Guy Mrs. Havilland
Russ Whiteman Man
Harry Harvey Hagenheimer
Will Lee Jeweler
Tom Kennedy Cop-Bumper Gag

Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director,Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
John L. Cass Sound/Sound Designer
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Gene de Paul Songwriter
George E. Diskant Cinematographer
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Alfred Herman Art Director,Production Designer
John Houseman Producer
James Lane Asst. Director
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Don Raye Songwriter
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Sherman Todd Editor
Maurice Yates Set Decoration/Design

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