In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.

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Complete credited cast:
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Lynn Bari ...
Virginia Huston ...
Carol Page
Joseph Pevney ...
Fingers
Myrna Dell ...
Susan
Edward Ashley ...
Vincent
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Halberson
Mabel Paige ...
Mrs. Warne
Bern Hoffman ...
Torp (as Bernard Hoffman)
Queenie Smith ...
Queenie
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Gratz (as Mack Grey)
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Mrs. Billings (scenes deleted)
Broderick O'Farrell ...
Billings' Butler (scenes deleted)
William Wright ...
Mr. Billings (scenes deleted)
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Police detective Joe Warne investigates the shooting of womanizing composer Keith Vincent. Evidence points to suicide and that is the official verdict, but Joe doesn't buy it and obsessively keeps looking, tracking down one discarded love after another, despite being ordered off the case. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Whose legs are these ? 10 beautiful brunettes with a motive for murder !


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11 November 1946 (USA)  »

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Nocturno  »

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Virginia Huston's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Joe goes to the photography studio, from the outside shot there are windows on the left side of the door and a solid wall on the right. But from the next inside shot there are windows on both sides of the door. See more »

Quotes

Police Lt. Joe Warne: Tell me, uh, why did you kill him?
Frances Ransom: Which one?
Police Lt. Joe Warne: Keith Vincent.
Frances Ransom: Oh, wasn't he supposed to have killed himself?
Police Lt. Joe Warne: We happen to have a different idea.
Frances Ransom: "We" being a certain inspector of police?
Police Lt. Joe Warne: "We" a certain lieutenant of police.
Frances Ransom: Inspector or lieutenant they mean the same thing to me: wrinkled neck tie, messy clothes, big feet.
Police Lt. Joe Warne: I haven't got such big feet.
Frances Ransom: I wouldn't be interested.
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References Riff-Raff (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Bit is Better than None
Music and Lyrics by Eleanor Rudolph
Sung by Virginia Huston (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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little screened melodic noir entertaining and suspenseful
23 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

From the initial scene chronicling the murder central to the plot of Nocturne as seen from the killer's vantage point, this movie has much to sustain the viewer's interest. Whenever a stock line or situation makes you feel this is a typical hardboiled cop flick, another plot twist or cinemotographic trick changes your mind. Portions of the movie shot after hours in a deserted photographic studio remind the viewer of Harrison's Hitchcockian associations with palpable suspense. George Raft shows surprising likeability as the lead, and Lynn Bari lends sparky support as one of the ranks of the victim's past conquests-or was she?-who just might hold a clue to the identity of the deadly Dolores. If you have a chance to see this film, grab it-although it was a successful and high grossing film at the time of its release in 1946, it is extremely difficult to rent, view, or purchase today. And the music, so evocative of the forties' nightclub allure, is great.


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