Fly-by-Night (film)

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Directed by Robert Siodmak
Written by Jay Dratler
F. Hugh Herbert
Story by Ben Roberts
Sidney Sheldon
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Colbert Clark
Starring Richard Carlson
Nancy Kelly
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • January 19, 1942 (1942-01-19)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fly-by-Night (also known under the alternative title Secrets of G32) is a 1942 American thriller/screwball comedy film directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Richard Carlson and Nancy Kelly. It was Siodmak's second American film.



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  1. "Fly-By-Night". IMDb . 19 January 1942.
  2. "Fly-By-Night (1942)".