GenreCrime, Film-Noir, Drama Duration LanguageEnglish
Anthony Mann Release dateJuly 7, 1949 (1949-07-07) (Premiere-New York City)
July 14, 1949 (1949-07-14) (US) WriterLillie Hayward (screenplay), Francis Rosenwald (story), Anthony Mann (story) DirectorsRichard Fleischer, Anthony Mann ScreenplayAnthony Mann, Lillie Hayward, Francis Rosenwald CastWilliam Lundigan (Harry Grant), Dorothy Patrick (Ann Gorman), Jeff Corey (Police Sgt. Art Collins), Nestor Paiva (Benny), Charles D. Brown (Police Insp. Mulvaney), Paul Guilfoyle (Overbeck) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Taken 3, Blackhat, Mission: Impossible III, Run All Night
TaglinePolice baffled by the FACELESS KILLER!
Follow me quietly 1949 film noir
Follow Me Quietly is a 1949 semidocumentary film noir directed by Richard Fleischer, with support from Anthony Mann in an uncredited position. The drama features William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey, and others.
A mysterious killer, known only as "The Judge," kills anyone he considers worthless. Detective Harry Grant is assigned to track him down. With just a handful of clues, Grant constructs a faceless dummy to help his men conduct their investigation.
Police finally break the case after receiving an important clue. Finally, after cornering the killer during a chase on the catwalks of a refinery, the killer is revealed to be a middle-aged man whose cruel disposition and unattractive appearance lead him to become "The Judge."
William Lundigan as Police Lt. Harry Grant
Dorothy Patrick as Ann Gorman
Jeff Corey as Police Sgt. Art Collins
Nestor Paiva as Benny
Charles D. Brown as Police Insp. Mulvaney
Paul Guilfoyle as Overbeck
Edwin Max as Charlie Roy aka The Judge
Frank Ferguson as J.C. McGill
Marlo Dwyer as Waitress
Archie Twitchell as Dixon
Douglas Spencer as Phony Judge
The New York Times was dismissive of the film and wrote, "There is no intelligent reason why anyone should heed the proposal of Follow Me Quietly...[f]or this utterly senseless little thriller is patently nothing more than a convenient one-hour time-killer between performances of the eight-act vaudeville bill." Reviewing it on DVD, Gene Triplett of The Oklahoman wrote, "[T]his obscure gem packs a remarkable amount of thrills and dramatic weight into a mere 59 minutes". Paul Mavis of DVD Talk rated it 4.5/5 stars and called it a "strange, unsettling film noir mystery, with a disturbing subtext".