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So Dark the Night (1946)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  10 October 1946 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Steven Geray ...
Micheline Cheirel ...
Eugene Borden ...
Pierre Michaud
Ann Codee ...
Mama Michaud
Egon Brecher ...
Dr. Boncourt
Helen Freeman ...
Widow Bridelle
Brother Theodore ...
Georges (as Theodore Gottlieb)
Gregory Gaye ...
Commissioner Grande (as Gregory Gay)
Jean Del Val ...
Dr. Manet
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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Saved by a deus ex machina
14 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, so who dunnit? The answer here is a deus ex machina, a plot device frequently used in Hollywood in the 1940s and still used today. To me, it is a writer's cop-out. I hate it.

Otherwise, this is a quick moving film which failed to engage me emotionally or intellectually. Ms. Cheirel looked a bit too old to be playing a naive young woman. This weakened the first part. Scenes seemed to be under-rehearsed. There was no build-up to what should have been a surprising climax, nor was there tension where there should have been tension building up. Performances were uneven.

A French shrug of the shoulders on this one.


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