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Night Must Fall (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 30 April 1937 (USA)
When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.

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Crotchety old Mrs. Bransom hires a charming young man named Danny as a live-in companion. Less charmed by Danny is Mrs. Bransom's niece, Olivia, a repressed young woman who suspects Danny of foul play. When news of a local murder is revealed, Olivia suspects Danny. Although repulsed by the thought he may have committed the crime, Olivia also finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to him at the same time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Trivia

Madge Evans wanted the female lead, but Rosalind Russell was chosen. See more »

Goofs

While Olivia and Justin are talking at the cricket match, in the background you see the couple with the dog start to walk by twice. See more »

Quotes

Olivia Grayne: You've been drinking.
Danny: I've had a drink... and I feel fine...
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Crazy Credits

The main title reads "The astonishing London and New York stage success 'Night Must Fall' ". See more »

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Referenced in Möte med Hasse (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Written by Effie I. Canning
Sung a cappella by Robert Montgomery
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Amazing Psychology in this Intriguing Movie
30 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had never heard of this movie. I watched it the other night on Turner Movie Classics.

Robert Montgomery is amazing in this role. His subtle English accent reminded me of Paul McCartney. He is totally immersed in this role.

Rosalind Russell is not that impressive until about the middle of the movie.

Her unwilling attraction to Babyface finally makes sense.

The other great performance was by Dame May Witty. She fell hook, line, and sinker for Babyface.

Had Babyface not been so self-destructive and amoral probably Mrs. Bramson would have left him her entire estate.

I strongly recommend this movie. It is beautifully filmed, directed, and acted. It is one of those movies made in the 30s that is surprisingly better than many of today's movies, and much more intrinsic in its twists and turns. All of the characters are defined and varied.

This could give Hitchcock a run for his money.


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