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Follow Me Quietly

Released Jul 14, 1949 59m Crime Drama List
Reviews 50% Audience Score 50+ Ratings When it rains in the city, a serial killer known as "The Judge" looks for his next strangling victim. For months, the madman has been stalking at night, leaving behind clues, but police efforts have been fruitless. Constructing a life-size dummy of the murderer, police Lt. Harry Grant (William Lundigan) is growing obsessed with capturing him, and always following Grant is the relentless reporter Ann Gorman (Dorothy Patrick) looking to break the story, but the hunt continues. Read More Read Less

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Geoffrey O'Brien The New York Review of Books Pallid polemics don't interfere with the bracing virtues of Follow Me Quietly, a throwaway artifact swarming with the gratuitous pleasures of visual storytelling. Aug 13, 2018 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View This was clearly timed to play the bottom of a double bill, but it has better production values than most B-movies and Fleischer devotes much greater care to the direction. Oct 22, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Effectively filmed in a semi-documentary style. Rated: B Nov 8, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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j f The blank face model triggering memories is a bit of a stretch, but RKO B’s rarely disappoint. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/12/24 Full Review Audience Member Though RKO Radio had trouble turning out successful "A" pictures in the late 1940s-early 1950s, the studio's "B" productions were the best in the business. One of the best was 1949's strange, obsessive film noir Follow Me Quietly, which manages to pack more excitement and sheer entertainment value in 59 minutes than most big-budgeters can accomplish in twice that time. Detective Harry Grant (William Lundigan) is assigned to track down "The Judge," an unknown serial killer. With only a handful of sketchy clues, Grant constructs a faceless dummy to help his men conduct their investigation. The film's "money scene" finds the murderer quietly taking the dummy's place, right under the noses of the entire police force! Logic is not the film's strong suit, but Follow Me Quietly builds carefully to a dynamite finale filmed on location at an LA refinery (shades of White Heat!) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Tight low budget film noir from director Richard Fleischer. The film plays out mostly like a police procedural about a police detective is on the hunt for a vicious self styled killer who's named himself "The Judge," placing himself in judgement of the citizens of New York. The film is incredibly short, combining in at just under one hour, which makes it pretty no nonsense. Not a classic, but pretty entertaining and well made. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review dave j Tuesday, July 12, 2011 (1949) Follow Me Quietly THRILLER/ SUSPENSE Film's a little identical to David Fincher's breakthrough hit "Se7en" which centers on a serial killer who kills during rainy nights and the Lt whose obsessed in capturing him! Film is not bad with a happy ending but they're so many like it, already made before! Also, they're also some minor loopholes in terms of proper police procedure! 2.5 out of 4 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member [To a journalist]: "I thought the mayor dumped that magazine in the river with the slot machines." Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When it rains in the city, a serial killer known as "The Judge" looks for his next strangling victim. For months, the madman has been stalking at night, leaving behind clues, but police efforts have been fruitless. Constructing a life-size dummy of the murderer, police Lt. Harry Grant (William Lundigan) is growing obsessed with capturing him, and always following Grant is the relentless reporter Ann Gorman (Dorothy Patrick) looking to break the story, but the hunt continues.
Director
Anthony Mann
Producer
Herman Schlom
Screenwriter
Lillie Hayward
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 14, 1949, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 12, 2011
Runtime
59m