I enjoyed this early Robert Siodmak film which was on You Tube. (A 35mm restored print of the film is being shown in Film Noir Festivals in America).
Reminiscent of “The 39 Steps”, Richard Carlson plays a doctor caught up in a spy ring led by Albert Basserman (yes, that lovely character from “Foreign Correspondent” and “A Woman’s Face”.)
Nancy Kelly is also innocently involved in the intrigue.
Martin Kosleck(1904-1994) plays an assistant to the scientist (Miles Mander) who has invented a new weapon. Kosleck was only in movies for under a decade before moving to television. He became a painter in later life.
It’s ironic , considering he escaped Nazi Germany, that he often played foreign spies including playing Goebbels several times (“Confessions of a Nazi Spy”, “The Hitler Gang.”)
He played the Count of Monte Cristo in THE WIFE OF MONTE CRISTO (1946) – though he is off the screen a lot!
Always good to have Clem Bevans in a few scenes.
Marion Martin plays an unlikely nurse!
“Fly By Night” has a lot going for it and I hope it makes it to dvd.
A shame Nancy Kelly (1921-1995) wasn’t a bigger star. A former child actress, she was active in the late 30s and 40s – FRONTIER MARSHALL. SHOW BUSINESS, JESSE JAMES.Following the success of THE BAD SEED which she did on stage, Nancy did the film version in 1956.
Her career was then mainly stage and television.
She was briefly married to Edmond O’Brien in 1941/42, and her brother Jack Kelly was one of the Maverick brothers.
I must catch up with two of her films which are on You Tube , both from 1944 – DOUBLE EXPOSURE and GAMBLER’S CHOICE.
Director Robert Siodmak (1900-1973) only made just over 20 films in Hollywood before returning to Germany after making “The Crimson Pirate” in 1952. He’s known for his thrillers like PHANTOM LADY. THE KILLERS, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE. But his start in Hollywood was in lighter ‘B’ s.
”Fly By Night” was his second US film. Of the three films he made at Paramount in 1941/42, Richard Carlson was in all three. ( the other two were WEST POINT WIDOW and MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY.)
I’d like to see one of Siodmak’s films, SOMEONE TO REMEMBER (1943), starring Mabel Paige whom I’ve become a fan of after seeing her as George Raft’s feisty mother in “Nocturne”.