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Night Was Our Friend (1951)

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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Sally Raynor
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Martin Raynor
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Dr. John Harper
Marie Ney ...
Emily Raynor
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Arthur Glanville
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Edie Martin ...
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Michael Pertwee ...
Young Man
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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 Sally. Unable to face his demons, Martin considers ending his life. Or does Sally do it for him? Written by Christian G.E. Siemons <siemons@worldonline.nl>

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Cheap and boring British mystery thriller
19 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

NIGHT WAS OUR FRIEND has to be one of the most ill-conceived British thrillers I've so far watched. Believe it or not, this was a film made and funded by a union, but it's rather obvious that they had little resources because essentially the whole thing takes place within a single room. One of the few things of interest about it is that it was directed by Michael Anderson, later of THE DAM BUSTERS fame.

The script was written by one Michael Pertwee, who also has a small acting role. He was Jon Pertwee's elder brother. The film starts off with a court case before telling the thrust of the tale in flashback. It's essentially a love triangle between Elizabeth Sellers (stuck with a dull character who you can't believe two men would fight over), her stiff-upper-lip suitor Ronald Howard, and missing husband Michael Gough.

I'm a big fan of Gough and he was the biggest draw for me. His eye-rolling and theatrical performance is the most fun part of the film. Sadly, the rest of it is very dull and talky, never building any excitement or suspense throughout the running time. NIGHT WAS OUR FRIEND makes one hour feel like three.


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