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The Long Night (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  28 May 1947 (USA)
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Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Adams
Jo Ann
Maximilian the Great
Sheriff Ned Meade
Moroni Olsen ...
Chief of Police Bob McManus
Frank Dunlap
Queenie Smith ...
Mrs. Tully
Bill Pulanski
Policeman Stevens
Melinda Byron ...
Davis Roberts ...
Freddie (as Robert A. Davis)


The credits fade onto a blind man tapping his way down the sidewalk,he enters a dingy boarding house and hears a shot fired in one of the upstairs bedrooms. A door opens from audience POV. A man tumbles out of the door and falls, slides and slithers down two flights of stairs and is dead when he hits the bottom. Then follows nearly 100 minutes of flashback and flashbacks-within-flashbacks about a veteran returing from the war, tired and disillusioned, only to find that he girl he loves has lied to him about her relationship with another man, and that man is sadistic, boastful and tauntful. Written by Les Adams <>

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28 May 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Time to Kill  »

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Coded Remake Of Le Jour Se Leve
16 February 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Maybe one of these fine days I might get to see the French film, Le Jour Se Leve that The Long Night is based on that starred Jean Gabin and Arletty. Just reading the user comments from that board kind of tells me where The Long Night went wrong.

Henry Fonda for one thing is horribly miscast in this film. This was a part better played by someone like John Garfield or Montgomery Clift. Either of those two might have better showed the angst that Fonda was feeling as Vincent Price ruins the woman of his dreams.

The title The Long Night refers to Fonda holed up in a fourth top floor apartment after he shoots Vincent Price. The film opens with Price staggering out of Fonda's room at the boarding house and falling dead at the top of the stairs. The police investigate and Fonda shoots at them. They settle in for a long siege overnight. The reasons that led up to the homicide unfold in flashbacks.

Price plays a Snidely Whiplash type villain. He's a nightclub entertainer with a magic act. Ann Dvorak is his many times around the track assistant, not a few of those times with Price and Barbara Bel Geddes is the young girl who Fonda falls for but Price seduces. Price overacts outrageously to cover the script defects.

The problem with adapting Le Jour Se Leve to the American cinema seems to be the Production Code still firmly in place. What they could show in France, they could not show here. Made for an absurd plot.

This and The Fugitive are Henry Fonda's two flop films in his post World War II period before going to Broadway and Mister Roberts. I'm sure he would love to have forgotten The Long Night.

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