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They Live By Night

Wrongly convicted for murder as a teen, "Bowie" Bowers (Farley Granger) breaks out of prison with two other criminals, Chickamaw (Howard da Silva) and T-Dub (Jay C. Flippen). While hiding out, Bowie meets Chickamaw's niece, Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell), and they bond. Wanting to clear his name, Bowie decides to participate in a robbery with the others, so he can afford a lawyer. As he gets drawn further into crime, Bowie contemplates running away with Keechie and starting over.

Release Date

Nov 5, 1949

Running Time

95 minutes

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Cathy O'Donnell

Cathy O'Donnell

Farley Granger

Farley Granger

Howard Da Silva

Howard Da Silva


Director Nicholas Ray

Screenplay Charles Schnee, Nicholas Ray

Producer John Houseman

Cinematography George E. Diskant

Editing Sherman Todd

Music Leigh Harline

Distributor RKO Radio Pictures

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