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Night Unto Night (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 22 August 1949 (Sweden)
A scientist haunted by the incurable illness epilepsy meets a beautiful woman haunted by the voice of her dead husband.



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Complete credited cast:
Thalia Shawn
Dr. Johann Altheim
Ann Burr ...
Willa Shawn
Johnny McGovern ...
Willie Shawn
Hotel Maid
Auto Court Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lois Austin ...
Mrs. Rose (scenes deleted)


A scientist haunted by the incurable illness epilepsy meets a beautiful woman haunted by the voice of her dead husband.

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Whatever it is, there's nothing you can't tell the woman you love. See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 August 1949 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Almas en tinieblas  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed in 1947, but not released until 1949. See more »


John Galen: Death isn't the worst thing in a man's life... only the last.
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Opening card: On the east coast of Florida.. See more »


Featured in Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995) See more »


What's New?
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Bob Haggart
Played after the radio announcement
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A forgettable item among Reagan's resume at Warner Bros...
13 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

NIGHT UNTO NIGHT ('49) struggles to be a message film with something important to say about life and love--and does carry an unusual theme. However, despite the dramatic intensity in the performance of Swedish actress VIVECA LINDFORS (who looks radiant in all of her close-ups), no one else in the cast seems to be in the same picture. RONALD REAGAN seems to be sleepwalking through a role he clearly doesn't comprehend, displaying none of the emotional fireworks that Lindfors is capable of. He makes any notion of chemistry with Lindfors seem absurd. A stronger actor might have brought some credibility to his role of a botanist who keeps a dark secret from the woman he loves.

And unfortunately, the supporting roles are too colorless to add much to the proceedings. BRODERICK CRAWFORD is cast inexplicably as an artist in touch with "the truth" and OSSA MASSEN is a bit over the top in her drunken stupor as the jealous sister who reveals Reagan's dark secret to Lindfors at the height of a thunderstorm.

Could have been so much better with a tighter script and more emotional response from Reagan, but this is clearly not one of his better films at WB. Technically, the storm is a stunning sequence--too bad it isn't supporting a better script. Reagan redeemed himself later with some better roles at his home studio but this is clearly a dud.

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