Crotchety old Mrs. Bransom hires a charming young man named Danny as a live-in companion. Less charmed by Danny is Mrs. Bransom's niece, Olivia, a repressed young woman who suspects Danny of foul play. When news of a local murder is revealed, Olivia suspects Danny. Although repulsed by the thought he may have committed the crime, Olivia also finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to him at the same time. Written by
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Remade in 1964 with Albert Finney as Dan. See more »
In Mrs. Bramson's bedroom, Danny tucks in Mrs. Bramson and leaves, closing the bedroom door with an audible click. The next scene shows Danny outside the bedroom again closing the still-open door. See more »
I forgot it was Sunday. They're goin' to church down in the villages. All got up in their Sunday best. And the organ is playin' and the windows are shinin'. Shinin' on holy things because holy things isn't afraid of the daylight. But all the time, the daylight's movin' across the floor. And by the end of the sermon, the air in the church is turnin' gray and the people isn't able to think so much of holy things anymore but only of the terrible things that's goin' on outside. Because they know ...
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The main title reads "The astonishing London and New York stage success 'Night Must Fall' ". See more »
Witty reverse morality story of an obnoxious old woman (Whitty) who takes in a lodger/servant to help her (and to spite her live-in niece, Russell, who doesn't know her aunt is leaving her $100 in her rich estate). He's "not an ordinary servant", and neither is she. They have a love story, too, shared in the dark in a time when fear and possibility are the same, and death and sex interchangeable. Thus, Danny (nice, innocent sounding name), left alone with the old woman -- makes his move. Montgomery is stunning and disarming as he shifts from "play acting" as the charming young gent to the possibly psychotic. Russell is also a convincing dark horse, saddled with a lame lover. Great photography, decent directing. This is a should-be legendary suspense film.
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