Follow Me Quietly (1949)

59-60 mins | Drama | 14 July 1949

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HISTORY

Contemporary news items add the following information about the production: Francis Rosenwald and Anthony Mann's story was first purchased by Jack Wrather Productions, to be released by Allied Artists. Don Castle was to star for the Wrather production. In Dec 1947, RKO purchased the story from Wrather and assigned Martin Rackin to write the script. Rackin's contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. In Jun 1948, Kent Smith was announced as the film's star. As part of Hughes's new production arrangement at RKO, the picture's shooting schedule was only sixteen days, ten to twelve days less than the norm for previous "B" ... More Less

Contemporary news items add the following information about the production: Francis Rosenwald and Anthony Mann's story was first purchased by Jack Wrather Productions, to be released by Allied Artists. Don Castle was to star for the Wrather production. In Dec 1947, RKO purchased the story from Wrather and assigned Martin Rackin to write the script. Rackin's contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. In Jun 1948, Kent Smith was announced as the film's star. As part of Hughes's new production arrangement at RKO, the picture's shooting schedule was only sixteen days, ten to twelve days less than the norm for previous "B" films. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Jul 1949.
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Daily Variety
17 Aug 1948.
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Daily Variety
7 Jul 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Jul 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 1947.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 47
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 49
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
12 Dec 1947.
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Los Angeles Times
28 Jun 1948.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Jul 49
p. 4681-82.
New York Times
8 Jul 49
p. 14.
Variety
13 Jul 49
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 July 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 July 1949
Production Date:
18 August--early September 1948
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 July 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2463
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59-60
Length(in feet):
5,348
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13392
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a café one rainy night, Ann Gorman, a writer for Four Star Crime magazine, seeks out police lieutenant Harry Grant with questions about "The Judge," a serial killer who only attacks when it rains. Harry rejects Ann's pleas for information, however, and leaves with his partner, Sgt. Art Collins, when a call comes in about an attack on a newspaper editor named McGill. Though badly injured, McGill describes how his assailant tried to strangle him in his office, but ended up pushing him out of his window during the struggle. McGill then dies before the police can obtain a description of the murderer, who Harry is convinced is The Judge. Although over the months Harry has collected many clues regarding The Judge's appearance, habits and psychology, including the fact that he murders out of a sense of moral outrage, he has been unable to "put a face" to the killer. Out of frustration, Harry asks his forensic experts to construct a dummy replica of The Judge based on the clues he has collected, and soon a life-sized but faceless mannequin is created. The persistent Ann, meanwhile, continues to press Harry for information, and he finally signs an authorization form allowing her to write about the case, but stipulates that he has final approval over any story. When Harry later learns that Ann has used the authorization form to obtain information about the dummy, whose existence he wants to keep secret from the public, and has filed a story without consulting him, he angrily denounces her. Harry then hears the confession of a man claiming to be The Judge, but soon unmasks him ... +


At a café one rainy night, Ann Gorman, a writer for Four Star Crime magazine, seeks out police lieutenant Harry Grant with questions about "The Judge," a serial killer who only attacks when it rains. Harry rejects Ann's pleas for information, however, and leaves with his partner, Sgt. Art Collins, when a call comes in about an attack on a newspaper editor named McGill. Though badly injured, McGill describes how his assailant tried to strangle him in his office, but ended up pushing him out of his window during the struggle. McGill then dies before the police can obtain a description of the murderer, who Harry is convinced is The Judge. Although over the months Harry has collected many clues regarding The Judge's appearance, habits and psychology, including the fact that he murders out of a sense of moral outrage, he has been unable to "put a face" to the killer. Out of frustration, Harry asks his forensic experts to construct a dummy replica of The Judge based on the clues he has collected, and soon a life-sized but faceless mannequin is created. The persistent Ann, meanwhile, continues to press Harry for information, and he finally signs an authorization form allowing her to write about the case, but stipulates that he has final approval over any story. When Harry later learns that Ann has used the authorization form to obtain information about the dummy, whose existence he wants to keep secret from the public, and has filed a story without consulting him, he angrily denounces her. Harry then hears the confession of a man claiming to be The Judge, but soon unmasks him as a phony. Later, as rain begins to fall, the distraught Harry talks to the dummy in his darkened office, unaware that the dummy is actually The Judge. Sure that The Judge is going to strike that night, Harry then takes off in his car and drives around the city. He is soon joined by a contrite Ann, who tears up the authorization form as proof of her reformation. As predicted, The Judge strangles another seemingly random victim that night and leaves another clue for Harry--a year-old copy of Four Star Crime . After studying the magazine, Ann concludes that the killer must have purchased it from a used book store. Harry, Art and Ann then canvas the city's book stores until they find a proprietor who confirms that a man whose build and dress match the dummy's buys crime magazines at his store. Assuming that the killer lives near the book store, Harry and Art canvas other area businesses and eventually find a café waitress who identifies the dummy as Charlie Roy, a nice man who lives around the corner. After inspecting Charlie's empty apartment, where they discover crime books and souvenirs from the murders, Harry and Art stake out his building. Sensing trouble, however, Charlie hesitates before entering, then flees down the street. While chasing Charlie to the rooftop of a gas works plant, Harry loses his gun to his foe and is momentarily stunned by him. Soon, the plant is surrounded by police, who shoot at Charlie and hit a water tank. After Charlie fires all the bullets in Harry's pistol, Harry is able to corner and handcuff him at the top of a catwalk. As Harry is bringing Charlie out of the plant, however, the killer becomes hysterical when he sees water pouring out of the punctured tank like rain and begins to struggle with Harry, dragging him back up the catwalk by the handcuffs. Harry is finally able to free himself and pushes Charlie to his death. With the case solved, Harry and Ann then enjoy a quiet, romantic drink together. +

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