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The Long Night (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 May 1947 (USA)
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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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Time to Kill  »

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In the scene where Maximillian joins Jo Ann on the bus, a poster advertising "Dr.Pearce's Baking Powder" - the first commercial cream of tartar baking powder - can be seen behind them. A product that Vincent Price's grandfather became very wealthy as the inventor and marketer of. See more »

Quotes

Charlene: Don't ask me how but the more you hear the less you know.
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Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Dramatic Film Noir
11 May 2000 | by (Göteborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

A remake of Marcel Carnes French film Le Jour Se Leve, with excellent performancies, Henry Fonda is very good in the leading role and Vincent Price at his smarmiest. Barbara Bel Geddes makes a very good debut as movie actress. The director Anatole Litvak have done the film with great flair, it has a nice feel to it and is interesting and dramatic. I think this film is very underrated and should receive more attention than it does, Sol Politos camerawork is very interesting and give some scenes a claustrophobic feeling with his use of light and shadow. If you like atmospheric, dramatic noir dramas I can recommend this one.


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