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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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Carol Page
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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)
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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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1.37 : 1
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Virginia Huston's singing voice was provided by Martha Mears. See more »

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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: 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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Features Sinbad, the Sailor (1947) See more »

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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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Another quality Joan Harrison film
1 August 1999 | by (Idaho Falls) – See all my reviews

A piano composer is killed in an apparent suicide, and George Raft is a detective who searches for the truth among the composer's many past girlfriends. Lynn Bari plays opposite as a dark haired, beautiful prime suspect.

The plot needed a bit of work. Even after seeing the conclusion of the film, it is difficult understand exactly what happened. Despite this one shortcoming, the film is really watchable and moves well. The dialog is sharp and a lot of nice details are worked into the film. Look for Myrna Dell, who plays the "Tehachapi Debutante" in a supporting role.

Joan Harrison was the producer, and the film bears her unmistakable stamp. This is a noir film, though not as dark as her earlier "Phantom Lady", which was a superior film in terms of acting and overall dynamics.

The opening shot is technically interesting for a 1946 film as it opens up on the night skyline and continuously glides into the the composer's penthouse living room as he plays piano.


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