Follow Me Quietly

Follow Me Quietly

Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Richard Fleischer, William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey

     
 
Lieutenant Harry Grant (William Lundigan) and Sgt. Art Collins (Jeff Corey) have been handed the unenviable assignment of tracking down "The Judge", a mysterious serial murderer responsible for seven deaths over the past few months. The police have plenty of clues and forensic evidence, but no solid leads

Overview

Lieutenant Harry Grant (William Lundigan) and Sgt. Art Collins (Jeff Corey) have been handed the unenviable assignment of tracking down "The Judge", a mysterious serial murderer responsible for seven deaths over the past few months. The police have plenty of clues and forensic evidence, but no solid leads to who this highly resourceful strangler is. Complicating Grant's work is the presence of Ann Gorman (Dorothy Patrick), an ambitious reporter for a sensationalistic crime magazine, who keeps sticking her nose into this case and into his work. In exasperation over The Judge's latest victim, a newspaper editor named McGill (Frank Ferguson), Grant decides to take a novel approach to catching the killer -- he prepares a life-size blank-faced dummy using all the clues the police have, as to height, weight, physique, preferred way of dressing etc., in order to give his officers a clearer picture of who and what they're looking for. The result is creepy but effective, and soon Grant is getting closer to the killer -- but The Judge is insane, and agitated by all manner of outside stimuli, and he might prove too much even for a police detective to deal with in a direct confrontation.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
One of the neatest thrillers to come out of RKO in the late '40s, Richard Fleischer's 59-minute Follow Me Quietly was the kind of box office success that made a rare bright spot on the studio's ledger books, at a time when they were losing money by the bushel on productions such as Mourning Becomes Electra and Androcles and the Lion. Fleischer, working with a generally excellent cast and a nice, twist-laden script, keeps things moving so fast, and with such a veneer of eeriness about it, that not only does Follow Me Quietly overcome some moments of wildly illogical action, but positively revels in that action. This is nowhere truer than the bizarre scene near the mid-point in the picture when the obsessive murderer substitutes himself for the faceless dummy in the office of Lt. Grant, the lead investigator; Fleischer has maintained such an odd, off-angle tone and look to the movie up to this point, that the audience simply accepts the scene. Only the romantic subplot involving Grant (William Lundigan) and reporter Ann Gorman (Dorothy Patrick) seems predictable in these surroundings, and it is more than made up for by the overall odd, obsessive tone of the movie, and a pay-off finale at the Los Angeles refinery that manages to echo White Heat and The Naked City while giving the suspense component a twist all its own.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2011
UPC:
0883316316771
Original Release:
1949
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
0:59:00
Sales rank:
37,306

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Lundigan Lt. Harry Grant
Dorothy Patrick Ann Gorman
Jeff Corey Sgt. Art Collins
Charles D. Brown Insp. Mulvaney
Paul Guilfoyle Overbeck
Edwin Max Judge
Frank Ferguson McGill
Marlo Dwyer Waitress
Michael Branden Dixon
Douglas Spencer Phony Judge
Archie Twitchell Dixon
Nestor Paiva Benny
Walden Boyle Intern
Paul Bryar Sgt. Bryce
Wanda Cantlon Waitress
Maurice Cass Bookstore owner
Martin Cichy Cop
Art Dupuis Detective
Virginia Farmer Woman
Robert Emmett Keane Coroner
Nolan Leary Larson
Lee Phelps Detective
Cy Stevens Kelly
Joe Whitehead Ed
Howard Mitchell Don, Bartender

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
James Altwies Set Decoration/Design
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Lillie Hayward Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Anthony Mann Original Story
H.W. Phillips Makeup
Leonid Raab Score Composer
Francis Rosenwald Original Story
Herman Schlom Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Elmo Williams Editor

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