Behind City Lights

Behind City Lights is a 1945 American crime film directed by John English and written by Richard Weil and Gertrude Walker. The film stars Lynne Roberts, Peter Cookson, Jerome Cowan, Esther Dale, William Terry and Victor Kilian.[1][2][3] The film was released on September 10, 1945, by Republic Pictures.

Behind City Lights
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn English
Produced byJoseph Bercholz
Screenplay byRichard Weil
Gertrude Walker
Story byVicki Baum
StarringLynne Roberts
Peter Cookson
Jerome Cowan
Esther Dale
William Terry
Victor Kilian
Music byJoseph Dubin
CinematographyWilliam Bradford
Edited byFred Allen
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • September 10, 1945 (1945-09-10)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States


Small-town girl Jean Lowell is about to wed farmer Ben Coleman, but secretly longs for big-city lights and a more exciting life. A car crash outside the church causes a commotion, and the injured party, a New Yorker by the name of Lance Marlow, is instantly smitten with Jean. The wedding is called off after Ben senses that Jean is distracted. Lance and his partner Perry Borden continue on to New York City, and before long Jean convinces herself that she should follow.

She finds the men and goes with them to a nightclub, where Perry makes fun of her small-town ways and, unbeknownst to her, steals a valuable necklace. Lance and Perry are thieves. Lance intends to quit so that he and Jean can begin a new life, but she takes a gift from him to a jeweler and discovers it is stolen. Things go from bad to worse when Lance is killed. A distraught Jean takes a job working at a diner, but regains happiness when Ben turns up and invites her to return where she belongs.



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  2. "Behind-City-Lights - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  3. "Behind City Lights". Retrieved 2015-11-15.

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