Crime by Night

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Crime by Night
Directed byWilliam Clemens
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Written byDaniel Mainwaring (novel)
Richard Weil (screenplay)
Joel Malone (screenplay)
StarringJane Wyman
Jerome Cowan
Faye Emerson
Music byWilliam Lava
CinematographyHenry Sharp
Edited byDoug Gould
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
September 9, 1944 (1944-09-09)
Running time
72 min
Country United States

Crime by Night is a 1944 drama directed by William Clemens, starring Jane Wyman and Jerome Cowan. It tells the story of Sam Campbell (Jerome Cowan) and his secretary (Jane Wyman), who take a vacation and uncover a murder.

Plot summary[edit]

Larry Borden's career as a concert pianist ended when a dispute with wealthy father-in-law Harvey Carr ended up with his hand chopped by an ax. Carr is found dead from a blow by an axe and Larry is sure to be the prime suspect.

He hires a detective, Sam Campbell and secretary-partner Robbie Vance arrive from New York to help. Harvey's daughter and Larry's ex-wife, Irene, also turns up, as does another dead body, the estate's handyman.

Irene is now engaged to Paul Goff, a singer, who has an agent, Ann Marlow. A theory develops that Carr's death involved a wartime spy ring and a chemical plant he owned, and Goff is implicated. Goff is the next murder victim, though.

Sam and Robbie eventually deduce that Ann is the actual spy. They solve the case and save Larry, freeing them to return to New York.



The film was based on the novel Forty Whacks by Geoffrey Homes. In December 1941 Warners announced they would film it as a vehicle for Humphrey Bogart instead of a sequel to The Maltese Falcon.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 20 Dec 1941: 25.

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