Follow Me Quietly

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Follow Me Quietly
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Anthony Mann
Produced by Herman Schlom
Screenplay by Lillie Hayward
Story by Anthony Mann
Francis Rosenwald
Starring William Lundigan
Dorothy Patrick
Jeff Corey
Music by Leonid Raab
Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Edited by Elmo Williams
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • July 7, 1949 (1949-07-07) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • July 14, 1949 (1949-07-14) (US)[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Follow Me Quietly is a 1949 semidocumentary film noir directed by Richard Fleischer, with support from Anthony Mann in an uncredited position. The drama features William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey, and others.[2]


A mysterious killer, known only as "The Judge," kills anyone he considers worthless.

Detective Harry Grant (Lundigan) is assigned to track him down. With just a handful of clues, Grant constructs a faceless dummy to help his men conduct their investigation.

Police finally break the case after receiving an important clue. Finally, after cornering the killer during a chase on the catwalks of a refinery, the killer is revealed to be a middle-aged man whose cruel disposition and unattractive appearance lead him to become "The Judge."



Critical response[edit]

The New York Times was dismissive of the film and wrote, "There is no intelligent reason why anyone should heed the proposal of Follow Me Quietly...[f]or this utterly senseless little thriller is patently nothing more than a convenient one-hour time-killer between performances of the eight-act vaudeville bill. In it, William Lundigan, playing a blue-print detective role, takes forever, it seems, to uncover a mystery murderer labeled "The Judge." When he finally does encounter this conspicuously unattractive gent, he chases him into a refinery and destroys him. That's the end of "Judge" and film."[3]

Critic Dennis Schwartz wrote of the film, "Follow Me Quietly is patterned after He Walked By Night. In this obsessive film noir, one oddly enough without a femme fatale, the police are the good-guys who take the viewer on a tour of a dark and cynical underworld that opened up in the postwar period. Fleischer leads us into this perverse noir world, but it only dallies with its noir atmosphere and instead turns into a straight mystery story—effectively filmed in a semi-documentary style that emphasizes police procedures over character studies or creating suspense over suspects."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Follow Me Quietly: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Follow Me Quietly at the Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ The New York Times. Film review, July 8, 1949. Last accessed: February 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, review, November 9, 2004. Last accessed: February 6, 2008

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