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Nocturne (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 November 1946 (USA)
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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Vincent
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Halberson
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Mrs. Warne
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Torp (as Bernard Hoffman)
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Queenie
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Gratz (as Mack Grey)
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Mrs. 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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Nocturno  »

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Virginia Huston's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Joe gets gunpowder residue on his left cheek below the bandage on his temple after the gun goes off when he takes the gun away from his mother's demonstration with Mrs. O'Roarke. The next time we see Joe, there is no mark or embedded gunshot residue at all, as one would expect from such an incident. See more »

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Police Lt. Joe Warne: He had money, Dolores, a nice house. Only he apparently decided he needed a little more ventilation. So he put a hole through his head.
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Nocturne
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Sung by Virginia Huston (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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Some Good Touches, but "Laura" It Ain't
23 May 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

There are some nice touches in this noir if you can get past Raft's non-acting. For a cop obsessed by a murder, he really needs more than one frozen expression. It doesn't help that the script sticks this 50-year old man with a 60-year old mother (Paige), even if she can wisecrack with the best of them. She's a hoot, but he still looks more like a brother than a son.

That opening sequence, however, is masterful and a testament to RKO's artistic team. A night-time camera swoops down from high above the Hollywood hills into a swank, ultra- modern glass house where a handsomely attired man noodles on a piano while a mystery woman sits in the shadows-- and the plot sets up from there. It's done in a single take and is quite riveting.

So who did kill the noodler (Ashley). Maybe it was his bad piano playing. More likely it's one of a hundred women who've visited that swank bachelor pad. Anyway, detective Warne (Raft), after viewing the glamour photos on the wall, is obsessed with finding out. His sleuthing takes us on a entertaining tour of LA area hotspots, circa 1946, including a ship that never sails. The attraction really isn't in the whodunit, which proves difficult, anyway. It's in the characters and the settings and some nice touches. There's the brassy blonde "housekeeper" (Dell) who assures us she sleeps alone, the fashion photographer who can't stand his model, the hulking gorilla (Hoffman) who KO's Warne amusingly off-camera. Most of all, there's Mom who may make you rethink nice old ladies. Then too, I like Joe Pevney as the moody, laconic "Fingers"; his smokey joe seems just right.

All in all, it's an interesting, if uneven, movie with some good dialogue, but with a wrap-up that sounds like it was thrown together on the way to the studio.


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