Argued (by critic David Thomson) to be the greatest directorial debut after Citizen Kane, this crime thriller launched Nicholas Ray's career, despite studio indifference. The story of a desperate crime spree and the teenage lovers at its center--escaped convict Bowie (Farley Granger) and Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell)--was so intensely emotional that it was shelved for two years by RKO (and its new owner Howard Hughes.) Finally, in 1949, They Live By Night was released to decent reviews and terrible box office, but has since been heralded as a classic.
35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.
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