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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.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Joe Warne
Lynn Bari ... Frances Ransom
Virginia Huston ... Carol Page
Joseph Pevney ... Fingers
Myrna Dell ... Susan
Edward Ashley ... Vincent
Walter Sande ... Halberson
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Warne
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... 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)
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Storyline

Police detective Joe Warne investigates the shooting of womanizing 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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Whose legs are these ? 10 beautiful brunettes with a motive for murder !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nocturno See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a poster for RKO film Riff Raff in the lobby of the Pantages Theatre. See more »

Goofs

When Joe goes to the photography studio, from the outside shot there are windows on the left side of the door and a solid wall on the right, but from the next inside shot there are windows on both sides of the door. See more »

Quotes

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

References Riffraff (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Pretend
Music and Lyrics by Eleanor Rudolph
Sung by Virginia Huston (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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Great dialogue
14 September 2000 | by Archie_LeachSee all my reviews

A fair detective mystery with a somewhat hackneyed plot (detective believes suicide was actually *moider*!), and occasionally almost laughable direction - the detective's meditations on the case are illustrated by the camera zooming past photos of his suspects.

What makes _Nocturne_ enjoyable is the fun characters and great dialogue, especially between George Raft's detective and suspects Lynn Bari and Myrna Dell. Watch out for the scene where the detective's mother discusses his case with a friend, who has learned all about forensic science from watching detective movies, and he walks in on them re-enacting the crime - pure gold.


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