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Somewhere in the Night (1946)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  12 June 1946 (USA)
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George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Hodiak ...
George W. Taylor
Nancy Guild ...
Christy Smith
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Police Lt. Donald Kendall
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Mel Phillips
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Elizabeth Conroy
Fritz Kortner ...
Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle
Margo Woode ...
Phyllis
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Sam
Lou Nova ...
Hubert
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George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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12 June 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Aventura na Noite  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 3, 1947 with John Hodiak reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Christy Smith: How does the inside of your mouth feel?
George W. Taylor: Like it's full of raw hamburger.
Christy Smith: That's just what it looked like. What did they hit you with?
George W. Taylor: A rubber hose.
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In the Middle of Nowhere
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Nancy Guild
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Hodiak, Conte and a host of Great Supporting Players in a Class-A Film Noir
22 April 2003 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT is not only a pleasure in terms of plot and atmosphere, it is filled with terrific supporting actors: Lloyd Nolan, Jeff Corey, Whit Bissell, Sheldon Leonard, Henry Morgan, Fritz Kortner, and the superb, virtually ignored Josephine Hutchinson, who has the emotional center of the film as a lonely victim of the murderous scheme. Some may remember Hutchinson as the android babysitter from The Twilight Zone episode "I Sing the Body Electric". And when are Corey, Bissell, Morgan and Nolan not welcome? Only Nancy Guild fails to equal her surrounding players, but she gets to deliver a few wry observations.

Not much can be said about Richard Conte, without spoiling the plot, but this is another one of the infallible actor's memorable characterizations.

John Hodiak probably never had enough opportunities to play lead in good films. We are fortunate to have here his extremely convincing amnesiac veteran: in a sense, the ultimate existential noir protagonist. A voice credit has been given to John Ireland, but it certainly sounds like Hodiak during the nightmarish opening sequence.

This was the second film Mankiewicz directed, and it's a big improvement over DRAGONWYCK. SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT belongs in the canon of compulsory Film Noir. Go out of your way to see it.




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