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So Dark the Night (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 October 1946 (USA)
A renowned and relentless Paris detective takes his first vacation in eleven years at a small inn in the French countryside. There he meets and falls in love with the hotelier's daughter, ... See full summary »

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Eugene Borden ...
Pierre Michaud
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Mama Michaud
Egon Brecher ...
Dr. Boncourt
Helen Freeman ...
Widow Bridelle
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Georges (as Theodore Gottlieb)
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Commissioner Grande (as Gregory Gay)
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Emil Rameau ...
Pere Cortot
Paul Marion ...
Leon Achard
Louis Mercier ...
Jean Duval
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A renowned and relentless Paris detective takes his first vacation in eleven years at a small inn in the French countryside. There he meets and falls in love with the hotelier's daughter, who had been betrothed to a neighboring farmer, but who hopes to marry him and move to Paris. On the evening of their engagement, both the fiancée and the farmer disappear. What has happened to them? Who is responsible? Can the famed detective apply his talents to a rural mystery? Written by klg19

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Così scura la notte  »

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Henri Cassin: Henri Cassin is no more. I caught him. I killed him.
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Referenced in The Baron: So Dark the Night (1967) See more »

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okay noir in the wrong hands
15 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A French cast is featured in "So Dark the Night," a 1946 B noir directed by Joseph Lewis. Steven Geray is Henri Cassin, a burnt-out detective who goes on holiday. He falls in love with Nanette Michaud (Micheline Cheirel), who kind of plays both ends against the middle. Nanette is already engaged to someone she's known from childhood, and she tells him that she loves him. Meanwhile, she's attracted to the older detective's perceived money and Paris residence. One day, they both end up dead - and there's more tragedy to come.

I would have loved to see this plot directed by someone like Hitchcock, who could build the suspense. As it is, it's a good story, but the film is on the lifeless side. Only 29 at the time of filming, Micheline Cheirel comes off as a bit too mature for some reason. Since the movie was low budget, however, there wasn't any attention paid to lighting or soft lenses to give her a more ingénue look. Geray is very good and underplays his role.

"So Dark the Night" plays about an 1:15 minutes. It's intriguing, but it could have been so much more.


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