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Night Must Fall (1937)

Passed  -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  30 April 1937 (USA)
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When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.

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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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 24, 1944 with Dame May Whitty reprising her film role. See more »

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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 »

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Olivia Grayne: You've been drinking.
Danny: I've had a drink... and I feel fine...
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The main title reads "The astonishing London and New York stage success 'Night Must Fall' ". See more »

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A psychological thriller with few thrills but some fine acting.
10 November 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Times sure have changed. In 1935, George M. Cohan wrote of the play "The best thrill play I ever saw - and I've seen 'em all. It takes you by the throat and leaves you gasping." Perhaps it's unfair to compare it with Psycho, the best thriller of all time, but the comparison is like black and white. The only thrills here is in the last 20 minutes or so, and they are mild. The movie opened up the one-set play a bit, which helped vary the surroundings, but it still felt like a filmed play. The two saving graces were in the performances of Oscar nominees Dame May Whitty and Robert Montgomery, both a pleasure to watch. Whitty dominates all the scenes she is in, and Montgomery plays his murderous sweetness to perfection. The movie is worth seeing for these two performers.

For those interested in credits, I had a hard time spotting Winifred Harris, who is billed tenth. But if you believe the second set of opening credits which specified the cast in order of appearance, she should have appeared before tour guide E.E. Clive. There must have been some scenes cut because she appeared last, and barely at that. She has no lines and was in the background.


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