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Night Was Our Friend (1951)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  December 1951 (UK)
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Martin's plane crashes in the jungle of Brazil. Nobody believes he survived. In the meantime his wife, Sally, has fallen in love with another man, Dr. Harper. Martin is found and returns to... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sally Raynor
Martin Raynor
Ronald Howard ...
Dr. John Harper
Marie Ney ...
Emily Raynor
Edward Lexy ...
Arthur Glanville
Nora Gordon ...
John Salew ...
Mr. Lloyd
Cyril Smith ...
Rogers the Reporter
Cecil Bevan ...
Clerk of the Court
Felix Felton ...
Foreman of the Jury
Linda Gray ...
Edie Martin ...
Old Lady Jury Member
Roger Maxwell ...
Michael Pertwee ...
Young Man


Martin's plane crashes in the jungle of Brazil. Nobody believes he survived. In the meantime his wife, Sally, has fallen in love with another man, Dr. Harper. Martin is found and returns to Sally. Unable to face his demons, Martin considers ending his life. Or does Sally do it for him? Written by Christian G.E. Siemons <>

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Release Date:

December 1951 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

O dolofonos tis nyhtas  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Not a difficult ACT to follow
30 November 2010 | by (london) – See all my reviews

In the 1950s the film technicians union,ACT decided that they would go into production,presumably to give work to their members.If this is the best they could do then they shouldn't have bothered.this was more likely to put their members out of work than create work.It is as bad as any of the quota quickies from the thirties.The first seven minutes show the trial after which we are stuck in a very small set of the ground floor of the house which looks like it cost less than a prefab.There is virtually no editing.If there is a conversation between 2 people one is on the left side and the other on the right side of the screen and they just talk through the scene.If there are say 4 in the scene then the actors remain in the background till it is their turn to speak.They walk up to the camera speak their lines and then go back to the background.Michael Gough decides to go in for a lot of eye rolling antics in a good impression of Robert Newton just to make sure we know that he might not just be all there.It really is a tedious bore and how this film has achieved a score of 6.9 is perplexing,particularly when the other 2 reviews take the same view as me.Ah well there is no accounting for taste.This film was recently shown on satellite TV so if you see it in the schedules again,don't be tempted,watch paint dry instead it will be far more entertaining than this film.

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