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Nightfall (1957)

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Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

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There is money missing from a bank job, an attractive model, an insurance investigator, and two extremely dangerous thugs. James Vanning (Aldo Ray) portrays an innocent man on the run, being pursued by the criminals who stupidly misplaced their take from the crime and think he has it or knows where it is hidden. Add model Marie Gardner (Anne Bancroft) who crossed paths with nice guy Vanning, while he is on the run. This all adds up to a thriller wherein the viewer is drawn into the story and becomes part of the drama. When Marie says "things that really happen are difficult to explain" it captures the theme of this film. A nice girl helps a nice guy, who is innocent and is drawn into the drama. As tension mounts she says: "I am always meeting the wrong man, and it leads to doomed relationships." Marie inadvertently leads Vanning into the hands of the villains. However, she is a pseudo-femme fatale, innocently involved in the intrigue and, like the viewer, is gradually drawn into the ... Written by Noir-Fan-en-Suisse

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On a night made for lovers... and killers. See more »


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13 May 1957 (Sweden)  »

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A Maleta Fatídica  »

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At the camp, when James Vanning (Aldo Ray) sees the speeding car, he says, "It's going to go over!" Even though the car is basically going down a straight road in a fairly straight line (no evidence of driving crazy enough to go off the road). Immediately afterward, the car brakes and swerves hard to the right and drives off the road. Something no one could have seen or anticipated until it happened. See more »

Quotes

Marie Gardner: What time is it?
James Vanning: Early.
Marie Gardner: I have an eight o'clock sitting and a twelve o'clock fashion show.
James Vanning: You're a model?
Marie Gardner: How do you think I pay the rent?
James Vanning: Oh, well, I should have figured your being a model. I mean, believe it or not, I'm an artist.
[He chuckles]
Marie Gardner: Soup cans or sunsets?
James Vanning: Soup cans, toothpaste, automobiles, and girls once in a while.
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References The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

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Nightfall
Music by Peter De Rose and Charles H. Cuppett (as Charles Harold)
Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
Performed by Al Hibbler
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a good, but ultimately forgettable film
6 December 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Features Aldo Ray in a Van Heflin-like part as a guy drafted into a crime scheme while on his vacation in the woods. Some good performances, especially from Bancroft, but the film doesn't add up to more than the sum of its parts. memorable outdoor noir follows in the tradition of "High Sierra"


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