London, just before the outbreak of World War II. George Harvey Bone, a failure in life - is in love with Netta Longdon. His mind is split in two directions: one wants to marry her, the other side wants to murder her. Which side will win?
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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
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The title of the original novel, 'Hangover Square' is a play on words based 'Hanover Square'. It is not meant to be Bone's actual address as it is in the film version, where we clearly see a street sign marked 'Hangover Square'. See more »
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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 »
Rather simple-minded thriller without suspense, though adorned with several amazing set-pieces...
Character actor Laird Cregar received his first starring role in this exceptionally loose adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's novel about a mild-mannered composer with a latent homicidal streak. In gas-lit London (via Hollywood), Cregar falls hard for Linda Darnell, playing a greedy chanteuse who uses the pianist for his songwriting talents; little does she know, he also harbors a 'Mr. Hyde'-like tendency to go off the beam whenever he hears loud, obtrusive noises. Cregar, who has the hulking frame of a Boris Karloff and the smudgy, pudgy face of a Lee J. Cobb, doesn't deliver a performance with multi-dimensions--but then, the picture itself is rather cut-and-dry. Without cinematographer Joseph LaShelle's swooping camera movements and Bernard Herrmann's scintillating score, the movie wouldn't be much more than another Jack the Ripper variation. A few stand-out moments (such as a bonfire sequence which recalls the German Expressionists, and the frenzied finale which must be seen to be believed) do cause the film to linger in the memory. Cregar died in real-life before the picture was even released; he fills the bill without possessing any actual charisma or evidence of an uncanny grasp of verisimilitude. **1/2 from ****
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