Rockstar Recommends: “He Walked by Night”

Posted on February 28 2011, 1:08pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

He Walked by Night (1948; Alfred L. Werker)

Today’s edition of Rockstar Recommends offers a great 1948 police detective noir set in Los Angeles – a film very relevant for those looking to immerse themselves in the vibe of L.A. Noire.

In “He Walked by Night”, a team of LAPD detectives conduct a massive investigation on the case to track down a cunning and dangerous cop-killing criminal. Purportedly based on the true story of the crimes and capture of Erwin “Machine-Gun” Walker, the film really focuses on the dramatic procedure and steps taken to identify and arrest the culprit (played by the hard-nosed Richard Baseheart). From examining crime scenes, to interviewing and interrogating leads, to staking out a suspect, to intense cat and mouse pursuits, to an explosive bullet-riddled raid and finale that leads to the creepy underground LA sewer system tunnels – this one’s got it all.

The cinematography by renowned lensman John Alton presents a true case study of quintessential Film Noir photography – dramatic angles, interesting lighting with the use of heavy black shadows, smoky light cast through venetian blinds, and perfect silhouettes - all adding up to a tense and dark visual experience.

Co-starring Jack Webb who is said to have been inspired during the making of this picture to create the legendary detective show Dragnet -
“He Walked by Night” is also thankfully in the public domain, so you can watch it right here in its entirety embedded courtesy of or at

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  • R* Yon May 9 2011, 3:09pmReplyFlag
    Thanks all, one week to go, and for the latest on L.A. Noire visit the official site:
    • popeyejohhnyon March 7 2011, 3:59pmReplyFlag
      Awesome movie. But if the guy was so smart, why the hell didnt he wear a mask or at least made some kind of effort to conceal his identity? I mean, im no criminal mastermind but that seems like crime 101 to me. LOL!
      • JusT_ChAoSon March 4 2011, 5:03pmReplyFlag
        My Gamertag Is : JusT ChAoS RDD3 :] Looking Forward to Playing with you :]
        • ghostx1984on March 1 2011, 4:38pmReplyFlag
          Cool film.

          @fsg Yep i have had a hunch that one of the killers is gonna be on the inside too. Something we won't expect. I can't wait to figure it out!
          • fsgegdgsdgon March 1 2011, 11:49amReplyFlag
            I know somthing like this will happen in L.A Noire!!
            • Fantastic_Mr_Caton March 1 2011, 6:34amReplyFlag
              Going to watch the whole film and get in the mood prior to playing an amazing L.A. Noire!
              • scareface1970on February 28 2011, 7:34pmReplyFlag
                Whooooo a whole movie great Rock i love this stuff i go an watch this film THNX this become a fun evening for me

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                • Mortal91ifyon February 28 2011, 6:08pmReplyFlag
                  btw R* will we see some. familiar places or setting from these films on la.noire. and will some cases be inspired by these?
                  • Mortal91ifyon February 28 2011, 6:03pmReplyFlag
                    Dude!!! my dad has this on film!! btw good movie i like it. =D thanx R*
                    • R* Yon February 28 2011, 3:37pmReplyFlag
                      @OldBenKenobi @coolman66 @Impalm and others, good to see you guys like the film, and be sure to check out all of our recommendations:
                      • DonegalExpresson February 28 2011, 3:18pmReplyFlag
                        I love the Film Noir genre. That's why i'm so excited about L.A. Noire! My two favorite Film Noir films are Laura, and The Dark Corner. Amazing movies.
                        • MasterGamesTVon February 28 2011, 3:11pmReplyFlag
                          Thanks Rockstar for the recommandation of the movies!!!! Now I'm eing a LA Noire fan Number 1!!!!

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                          • Impalmon February 28 2011, 2:57pmReplyFlag
                            Another great movie. Thanks Rockstar
                            • Kalerneyon February 28 2011, 2:40pmReplyFlag
                              cuz I don't realy like to watch movie on a computer screen.
                              • Kalerneyon February 28 2011, 2:38pmReplyFlag
                                I'me gonna downloa.. no... buy it soon !
                                • OldBenKenobion February 28 2011, 2:27pmReplyFlag
                                  I'm surprised to say that I've actually seen this one. Caught it on TV a couple years ago and thought it was really cool.
                                  • IIJOSEPHXIIon February 28 2011, 2:16pmReplyFlag
                                    Nice. You posted the whole movie. 10mins in and it has a documentary, public information film feel to it.

                                    I'm thinking of playing LAN with the colour off, I watched the trailers in B&W and it adds realism surprisingly.
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