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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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Aside from director Michael Anderson, the credits promise little, and alas that's what the film delivers.
22 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Like a few other British quota quickies I could mention, this film starts quite promisingly. After the courtroom acquittal of the heroine, there immediately follows a shattering scene in which the girl admits to her lover that the verdict was wrong. She really was guilty of murdering her husband! Unfortunately, at this dramatic point, the plot goes into reverse into a tedious, over-talkative, no-action flashback. None of the players are able to flesh out their stereotyped characters into people that we can believe in. Technical credits are no than adequate and production values minimal. True, director Michael Anderson (who later did "Around the World in 80 Days") does contrive a few effective deep-focus compositions. But the stilted dialogue, the corny plot and its inadequate players defeat his few attempts to lift the bulk of this film even into the barely watchable category.

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