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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YOU COULD GO TO THE MOVIES EVERY DAY FOR FIVE YEARS---BEFORE YOU'D SEE ANOTHER PICTURE WITH SO MANY THRILLS AND SO MUCH SUSPENSE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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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 »

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Ben Fraser: I work with the police.
James Vanning: Oh, well, what'll we do now?
Ben Fraser: Well, we, you know, walk a little, talk a little.
James Vanning: About what? Your taking me in?
Ben Fraser: [laughs] well, there's more to it than that.
James Vanning: Well, you're the doc.
Ben Fraser: That's funny you should say that. You know, I always wanted to be a doctor. a;ways wanted to help people.
James Vanning: You picked a great way to do it.
Ben Fraser: Anyway, now I want you to help me.
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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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masterpiece film concocted of improbabilities
6 August 2008 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

One watches Nightfall and the story seems (or actually, is) full of glaring improbabilities. Yet, in spite of that, it's hard if not impossible, to stop watching the film. The characters and imagery are remarkable. So what if Brian Keith and Rudy Bond stupidly lose 350,000 dollars just so they can move the story along and chase protagonist Aldo Ray from snowy Wyoming to sunny LA. Losing the money is but one of those points in the film where the viewer has to go along and have faith in the superb craftwork of director Jacques Tourneur. He was not about to let one's expectations down in this late 50's noir excursion which is full of disturbing imagery and menace that more than makes up for holes in the plot, if that's even necessary. Especially eye-catching are scenes of the mechanical movements of an L.A. oil derrick in the middle of the night as it neatly snaps a two by four, and later, the glistening blades of a Wyoming snow plow shining in the morning sun.


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