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A Voice in the Night (1946)

Wanted for Murder (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 November 1946 (USA)
The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

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(stage play), (stage play) (as Terence De Marney) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ...
Dulcie Gray ...
Derek Farr ...
Roland Culver ...
Chief Insp. Conway
...
Sgt. Sullivan
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Colebrooke
Bonar Colleano ...
Cpl. Nick Mappolo
Jenny Laird ...
Jeannie McLaren
Kathleen Harrison ...
Florrie
Bill Shine ...
Det. Ellis
Viola Lyel ...
Mabel Cooper
John Salew ...
Det. Walters
John Ruddock ...
Glover
Edna Wood ...
Miss Kemp
George Carney ...
Boat Rental Agent
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The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a woman but can he suppress his urge to kill her ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

2 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voice in the Night  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 28 January 1954 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 15 August 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco it made its television debut Friday 10 June 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

After a handkerchief is discovered near a murder victim, an inspector from Scotland Yard tries to track down the owner via the laundry mark on it. The next scene shows a commercial laundryman carrying a wicker laundry basket into a home. Outside the home, the laundry basket bears the number "T 31". Upon entering the home the laundry basket bears the number "T 14". See more »

Soundtracks

A Voice in the Night
Lyrics by Mischa Spoliansky
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Sung by Elizabeth Webb
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B picture gets A treatment
7 February 2012 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This is a truly memorable movie. Not for its story which is pretty pedestrian but for its treatment by the screen writers, the actresses and actors, its cinematography and its art direction. My first surprise came with the title credits. Emeric Pressburger participated in the screen writing. And this seems to be one of the rare cases in which the screen writing is better than the general plot. There are a great many interesting characters which are competently and nicely sketched. The actresses and actors grace the script with very good, heart felt and often funny performances down to the last bit part (and there are many of them). They portray ordinary people who just want to be decent - and ordinary. The movie is set in post war London and the number of sets and location shots is astounding considering the simplicity of the whole affair. The apartment of the villain is in a fine town house, and it looks like it was shot on location, so it must also be a feast for friends of architecture. Watching this movie is anything but a waste of time!

Again and again I become enraptured by British films which were made during the period of Austerity (The Archers, Ealing Studio, Carol Reed etc.). I always feel that lack of funds was more than compensated by the love all those who participated felt for their art.


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