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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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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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13 May 1957 (Sweden)  »

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A Maleta Fatídica  »

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Goofs

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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John: Well, maybe we can get this thing straightened out, and everything will be fine.
James Vanning: [Sardonically] And "dandy." Don't forget the "dandy."
John: Oh, yeah - "dandy."
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References The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

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Crisp, no-nonsense late noir from legendary Jacques Tourneur
20 August 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Having established his reputation in the 1940s with The Cat People and Out of the Past (pinnacles among several others), Tourneur returned to the noir cycle as it was winding down to direct Nightfall. The film opens stunningly: we watch the hunted protagonist (the, well, stolid Aldo Ray) as Los Angeles day darkens into dusk, and the pace flows seamlessly to a "chance" meeting with the young Anne Bancroft in a cocktail lounge. Of course, the inevitable menace, here concerning $350 grand from a bank job, falls as swiftly as the night. The narrative weaves back and forth from the present in elegantly placed flashbacks which establish the backstory; present and past converge at the film's climax (foreshadowing a memorable scene in On Her Majesty's Secret Service). Though Ray's curious career never answers the question, Why was he in movies at all?, the supporting cast -- starting with Bancroft -- is superb. Brian Keith is the heavy, while the underused James Gregory (best remembered as the McCarthyite imbecile from The Manchurian Candidate, and from the Barney Miller show) plays an insurance investigator who becomes an ally. On the other side of the law, Rudy Bond portrays one of the most despicable sadists in a cycle lousy with them.


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