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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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TERROR...IN THE DEPTHS OF STRANGE EMOTION! (original print ad - all 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The date of the action is 1899 but a theatre programme is dated 1903. 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 »

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Lyrics by Charles Henderson
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The greatest movie ever made about madness!
8 March 2001 | by inframanSee all my reviews

My parents took me to see this when I was 8 & I had nightmares about it for a month or more - compounded by the knowledge that the lead, the great Laird Cregar died shortly after his appearance in it (of complications from dieting - at age 28!). The total immersion of this film into the clinical madness of a composer who cracks up when he hears discordant sounds & the greed & opportunism of his paramour give it a real nasty Edwardian gothic mood. There are scenes of creepiness here that seem almost the prototypes for Hitchcock classics like Psycho & Vertigo. (Bernard Hermann wrote the composer's scores as well as the background music). But it's also a great exercise on good vs evil, apollo vs dionysius & above all high art vs low art. The 2 main leads, Cregar & Sanders, the director & writer were involved in the making of The Lodger - a Jack the Ripper film - the year before.


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