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(aka 'Assassin sans visage')

Directed by Richard Fleischer and Anthony Mann (uncredited)
USA 1949

 

“This is the film that, above all, increased my knowledge of the trade. I learned how to organize a film,” director Richard Fleischer said about Follow Me Quietly. The filmmaker learned well: his subsequent career included the film noir gem The Narrow Margin, the family favorite 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the sci-fi milestone Soylent Green. William Lundigan stars in Follow Me Quietly as a cop on the trail of an elusive serial killer who strikes when darkness and rain fall. Anthony Mann shares a credit for the story, a tale similar to his work (uncredited) on the previous year’s He Walked by Night. Slip into the shadows (cinematography by The Body Snatcher’s Robert de Grasse creates a sinister mood). Embrace the night. Follow into classic noir.

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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.

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Follow Me Quietly (1949) has a script partly by Anthony Mann, and the film is in the tradition of Mann's He Walked by Night (1948). Both films are semi-documentaries, focusing on the hunt for a lone serial killer. Both films have the regular police as their protagonists. Both films have somewhat similar police work. In both, the police finally get a clue to the killer's identity. This clue is followed up by much legwork. This allows the police to get closer and closer to the killer, progressing through inquiries at various institutions, and finally track him to where he lives. At the finale, the killer escapes the police net at his home, and winds up in a police chase through a Los Angeles industrial location.

Excerpt from The Films of Richard Fleischer located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: July 7th, 1949

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DVD Comparison:

Editions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL vs. Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution Editions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime :59:26  :59:56
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles French, None None
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Release Information:
Studio: Editions Montparnasse

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Serge Bromberg Intro (2:53) in French only

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2006

Transparent Slim Keep Case
Chapters: 8

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (1:42)

DVD Release Date: July 12th, 2011
Keep Case

Chapters 6

 

Comments:

ADDITION Warner Archive - Sept 2011: Follow Me Quietly finally got a US release as part of Made-On-Demand Warner's Archive Collection, and this single-layered disc features what looks like the same transfer for the film. Unlike older disc from France, Warner's DVD is progressive so there is an improvement in image quality (compare capture # 3). The sound is fine - the same mono audio, but per usual standard, there are no subtitles in any language. The lone extra is a brief theatrical trailer.

This Essential Noir via the Warner disc is recommended if it can be found at a reasonable price.

  - Gregory Meshman

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ON THE FRENCH DVD: A Montparnasse interlaced transfer that is quite sharp and surprisingly contrast levels are acceptably decent. The 'combing' is relatively fine but quite rampant. Audio, although unimpressive, was fairly consistent. No extras save mono-brow Bromberg's usual intro-praise (in French only).

Another instance where the film eclipses the DVD presentation but us Noir devotees will take what we can get. Positives are that the French subs are removable and the compact slim case. I have seen far worse transfers from Montparnasse and on a tube this will look quite acceptable. If you have the Noir bug - this should find a place in your DVD library.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Distribution Editions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC




 

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