A Voice in the Night (1946)
"Wanted for Murder" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  2 November 1946 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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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 ...
Bill Shine ...
Det. Ellis
Viola Lyel ...
Mabel Cooper
John Salew ...
Det. Walters
John Ruddock ...
Edna Wood ...
Miss Kemp
George Carney ...
Boat Rental Agent


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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Release Date:

2 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voice in the Night  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


A Voice in the Night
Lyrics by Mischa Spoliansky
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Sung by Elizabeth Webb
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Marvelous British Suspense Film
29 December 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the generic title. This is a film of subtlety and grace.

Eric Portman is perfect as the troubled protagonist. Dulcie Gray enchants as the vulnerable yet strong-willed heroine. And the supporting cast is uniformly excellent.

This is a variation on the Jack the Ripper theme. Someone is strangling young women, sending notes to Scotland Yard in advance. Ronald Culver is absolutely right as the chief inspector on the case.

The psychology may be painted with slightly broad strokes. But the acting elevate that: The pain felt by all concerned is palpable. We do not admire the killer but we have understanding of the person's behavior. The victims and would-be victims are touching. And the attempts by secondary characters to help are persuasive and upsetting to us.

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