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They Came by Night (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 7 March 1940 (USA)
Jeweler James Fothergill helps Scotland Yard recover a valuable ruby by worming his way into the gang which stole it and setting them up for the police.


Harry Lachman


Sidney Gilliat (screenplay), Barré Lyndon (play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Will Fyffe ... James Fothergill
Phyllis Calvert ... Sally
Anthony Hulme Anthony Hulme ... Sergeant Tolly
George Merritt ... Inspector Metcalfe
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Lightbody
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Llewellyn Jones
Athole Stewart Athole Stewart ... Lord Netfherly
Cees Laseur Cees Laseur ... Vollaire
Hal Walters Hal Walters ... Hopkins
Kuda Bux ... Ali
Leo Britt Leo Britt ... George
Sylvie St. Clair Sylvie St. Clair ... Claire
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Bugsie


Jeweler James Fothergill helps Scotland Yard recover a valuable ruby by worming his way into the gang which stole it and setting them up for the police. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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ruby | thief | based on play | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

7 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chegaram com a Noite See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Pleasant Programmer from Fox UK
30 May 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Will Fyffe is a jeweler with a pretty niece, played by Phyllis Calvert. When a precious ruby is stolen, his brother commits suicide.Mr. Fyffe becomes mixed up with the thieves and drawn into their schemes.

It's a very good programmer for Fox's British studio. Mr. Fyffe is excellent in the role, but director Harry Lachman directs it for speed. Nonetheless, Mr. Fyffe gets to show canny good humor in the role. Miss Calvert was still in the beginning of her career, playing the pleasant ingenue -- although her first screen role had been a dozen years earlier, it would not be until the following year's THE REMARKABLE MR. KIPPS that she would have her breakout role. Mr. Lachman returned to the U.S., where he would work for a couple of years in Fox' B division, then retire Mr. Fyffe would return to smaller roles until his death in 1947.

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