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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 !


Certificate:

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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

When Police Lt. Joe Warne says, "I like that alibi. It's round, it's firm, it's fully packed.", he is riffing on a phrase often used in advertising for Lucky Strike cigarettes at the time: "So round, so firm, so fully packed." See more »

Goofs

Joe gets gunpowder residue on his left cheek below the bandage on his temple after the gun goes off when he takes the gun away from his mother's demonstration with Mrs. O'Roarke. The next time we see Joe, there is no mark or embedded gunshot residue at all, as one would expect from such an incident. 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 From This Day Forward (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Sung by Virginia Huston (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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Another quality Joan Harrison film
1 August 1999 | by cm-4See all my reviews

A piano composer is killed in an apparent suicide, and George Raft is a detective who searches for the truth among the composer's many past girlfriends. Lynn Bari plays opposite as a dark haired, beautiful prime suspect.

The plot needed a bit of work. Even after seeing the conclusion of the film, it is difficult understand exactly what happened. Despite this one shortcoming, the film is really watchable and moves well. The dialog is sharp and a lot of nice details are worked into the film. Look for Myrna Dell, who plays the "Tehachapi Debutante" in a supporting role.

Joan Harrison was the producer, and the film bears her unmistakable stamp. This is a noir film, though not as dark as her earlier "Phantom Lady", which was a superior film in terms of acting and overall dynamics.

The opening shot is technically interesting for a 1946 film as it opens up on the night skyline and continuously glides into the the composer's penthouse living room as he plays piano.


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