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.
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.
They Live by Night
RKO. Director Nicholas Ray; Producer John Houseman; Screenplay Charles Schnee; Camera George E. Diskant; Editor Sherman Todd; Music Leigh Harline; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Al Herman
(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 95 MIN.
Cathy O'Donnell Farley Granger Howard da Silva Jay C. Flippen Helen Craig Will Wright