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Nocturne (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 October 1946 (USA)
In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.


Edwin L. Marin


Jonathan Latimer (screen play), Frank Fenton (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Police Lt. Joe Warne
Lynn Bari ... Frances Ransom
Virginia Huston ... Carol Page
Joseph Pevney ... Ned 'Fingers' Ford
Myrna Dell ... Susan Flanders
Edward Ashley ... Keith Vincent
Walter Sande ... Detective Halberson
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Warne
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Eric Torp (as Bernard Hoffman)
Queenie Smith ... Queenie
Mack Gray ... Gratz (as Mack Grey)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Billings (scenes deleted)
Broderick O'Farrell ... Billings' Butler (scenes deleted)
William Wright ... Mr. Billings (scenes deleted)


Police detective Joe Warne investigates the shooting of composer Keith Vincent. Evidence points to suicide and that is the official verdict, but Joe doesn't buy it and obsessively keeps looking, tracking down one discarded love after another, despite being ordered off the case. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Feature film debut of Joseph Pevney, who would soon become a director for the remainder of his long career. See more »


(around 18 mins, 30 seconds) When the waitress is carrying a cup of coffee with her right hand, the camera is filming the mirror, therefore, it is really her left hand since it is a reverse image of the real action. But the next cut of her arriving at Lt. Warne's table is shot straight on without using the mirror and she is carrying it in her right hand but it should be the left hand. See more »


Susan: He was a ladykiller. But don't get any ideas. I ain't no lady.
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Crazy Credits

Mack Gray (as Mack Grey) is listed in the opening credits, but not in the end credits cast of characters. See more »


References The Woman on the Beach (1947) See more »


Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Sung by Virginia Huston (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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"You never can depend on a girl named Dolores."
10 November 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Tough and dogged detective George Raft investigates a composer's death. It was ruled a suicide but Raft doesn't buy it. Despite being ordered off the case, he continues to look into it and tracks down some of the women the composer had "relationships" with.

George Raft gets a lot of flack for being stiff or playing the same role over and over, but I happen to like most of his movies that I've seen. He had no pretenses about being a Shakespearean actor. He knew what he was good at playing and worked with it quite well. His earlier WB successes in gangster movies and the like were always fun. Here he's playing a film noir detective, which isn't too far removed from those older roles come to think of it. He's quick with a snappy comeback and doesn't back down from anybody. It's a part Raft plays with ease but that shouldn't be taken as a put-down, as is often the case. Several tough female roles in this one. Lynn Bari and Virginia Huston (in her film debut) get the juiciest parts but honorable mentions should go to Myrna Dell as a wisecracking maid and Mabel Paige as Raft's mom, who helps him with his investigation.

Good script with some punchy noir lines, interesting characters, and a good ending. A nice fight scene, too. By the way, the film's title refers to the song the composer writes for his latest conquest. The guy wrote songs for all the women he screwed. They had a classier kind of douchebag in the old days, I guess.

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Release Date:

29 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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