Watch: They Live by Night 1948 123movies, Full Movie Online – Chickamaw, T-Dub and Bowie have just escaped from prison. While Chickamaw and T-Dub are hardened criminals – bank robbers – twenty-three year old Bowie, who has been in prison since he was sixteen, was wrongly convicted of murder. As he felt he was rotting behind bars, Bowie, when given this opportunity by his two older colleagues, believed his best path forward was to help Chickamaw and T-Dub in their upcoming heists, in a case of knowing there was a payback in they choosing him, to make enough money to hire a lawyer to clear his name of the murder conviction. The plan is to hide out with Chickamaw’s alcoholic brother, Mobley, until they have enough money to make other arrangements. Also with them is Mobley’s daughter, Keechie, who doesn’t much like her life with her father or that of her uncle. In their time together, Bowie and Keechie form a bond, both emotional and romantic, they who begin to dream of a life together where Bowie would not always have to look behind his back for the authorities to haul him away. Bowie escaping from the obligations to Chickamaw and T-Dub may not be as easy, which if he will be forever attached to them will factor into how much of a life he could have with Keechie..
Plot: An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.
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I think this film holds up well and is well worth watching.
This is a very good film noir movie with excellent performances from the leads Farley Granger (of Hitchcock’s “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train” and another great film noir movie “The Edge of Doom”) and Cathy O’Donnell, whom I have not seen in any other role. Howard Da Silva also gives an excellent performance as a “one-eyed lush” of a gangster. I saw this movie as a teenager when it first came out and had not seen it since until recently, but I still think it holds up well as a movie well worth watching. Farley Granger, who tired of being cast as a “pretty boy” in trouble with the law and sought his fortunes elsewhere, in Europe, was a big loss to American movies.
tender crime drama
Farley Granger plays Bowie, a young con who escapes from the pen with two hardened criminals, Chicamaw and T-Dub played respectively by Howard Da Silva and Jay C Flippen in They Live By Night, an aptly titled film if there ever was one. Da Silva and Flippen are both terrific here, as is Cathy O’Donnel as Keechie, Bowie’s equally young girlfriend. The movie revolves around the relationship between them and their efforts to get away from the life of crime that is always a few steps behind them and also to try living like normal people, during the day, instead of at night, like their criminal associates. This was Nicholas Ray’s first film as a director and it certainly was a worthy effort, as it has fine performances throughout, especially O’Donnels. As the film comes to a close, you can pretty well figure out the ending, but that doesn’t detract from its potency, as they are let down by one of their own, blackmailed it seems by the cops.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Genre Crime, Film-Noir, Romance
Director Nicholas Ray
Writer Charles Schnee, Nicholas Ray, Edward Anderson
Actors Cathy O’Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva
Country United States
Awards 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,605 m (Netherlands), 2,625 m (USA) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm