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Hangover Square (1945)

A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Barré Lyndon (screenplay), Patrick Hamilton (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laird Cregar ... George Harvey Bone
Linda Darnell ... Netta Longdon
George Sanders ... Dr. Allan Middleton
Glenn Langan ... Eddie Carstairs
Faye Marlowe ... Barbara Chapman
Alan Napier ... Sir Henry Chapman
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Storyline

George Harvey Bone is a composer in early 20th century London, who is under stress because he is writing a piano concerto. Due to this stress, he gets black outs when ever he hears dissonances. When he finds himself after the black out in a different quarter of the town, he returns home, to read in the paper that somebody in that quarter was murdered. Asking help from a doctor at Scotland Yard he is assured that he has nothing to do with it, but he is advised to cut back in his work and get some relaxation like other, ordinary people. At a cheap musical he meets Netta, a singer, who inspires him for a new motive for his concerto. But Netta discovers that this motive could also be used as a song for her. The song gets sold, and she hangs around George to get more songs out of him. George believes that Netta is in love with him, and gets in an argument with his girlfriend Barbara, the daughter of Lord Henry, who wants the concerto for one of his soirées. George has another black out, ... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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THE SCREEN'S MOST Terrifying LOVE STORY! EXCITING MYSTERY AND STRANGE EMOTION! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Concierto macabro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is cited by Stephen Sondheim as inspiration for writing "Sweeney Todd." See more »

Goofs

While discussing the Thuggee knot used for strangulation, Dr. Middleton claims that members of the Indian cult of Thuggee have committed strangulation murders recently in London. There is no record of any Thug strangling a person outside of India; furthermore, the cult of Thuggee had been completely stamped out decades before the Edwardian time frame of the film. See more »

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Street Vendor: Look! It's old Ogilby's place!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: This is the story of George Harvey Bone who resided at number 12 Hangover Square, London SW in the early part of the twentieth century. The British Catalogue of Music lists him as a distinguished composer... See more »

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Featured in Concerto Macabre: The Films of John Brahm (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do They Wake Me Up So Early in the Morning?
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Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
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A tense tale of obsession and desperation
29 December 1998 | by MoxieSee all my reviews

Well worth watching, if you can find it. Cregar is excellent as the concert pianist tortured by obsession with a woman, and what it leads to. Moody, urgent (all the more so in black and white), with mounting suspense and tension. Lush Bernard Hermann score that expresses his anguish. Bonfire scene is gripping.


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