Underneath They Live By Night is a moving, somber story of hopeless young love. There’s no attempt at sugarcoating a happy ending, and yarn moves towards its inevitable, tragic climax without compromise.
A gifted team of young players stands out in making the performances thoroughly realistic. Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell are in the lead roles, selling the portrayals with a sock.
The script by Charles Schnee is based on Edward Anderson’s novel, Thieves Like Us, and tells the story of a young escaped convict who falls in love and marries a girl whose circumstances are little better than his own.
Nicholas Ray adapted the novel and directed, demonstrating a complete understanding of the characters. It’s a firstrate job of moody storytelling. Howard da Silva clicks as a ruthless, one-eyed bank robber, and Jay C. Flippen is equally topnotch for his delineation of a criminal.