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So Dark the Night (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 October 1946 (USA)
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Paris police detective Cassin has a well needed vacation at a rural inn, where the owners' adult daughter shows interest in him but she has a jealous boyfriend. Will Cassin need his skills?

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Joseph H. Lewis

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Martin Berkeley (screenplay), Dwight V. Babcock (screenplay) (as Dwight Babcock) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steven Geray ... Henri Cassin
Micheline Cheirel ... Nanette Michaud
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Pierre Michaud
Ann Codee ... Mama Michaud
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Dr. Boncourt
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Widow Bridelle
Theodore Gottlieb ... Georges
Gregory Gaye ... Commissioner Grande (as Gregory Gay)
Jean Del Val ... Dr. Manet
Emil Rameau Emil Rameau ... Pere Cortot
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Leon Achard
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Jean Duval
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Storyline

A renowned and relentless Paris detective takes his first vacation in eleven years at a small inn in the French countryside. There he meets and falls in love with the hotelier's daughter, who had been betrothed to a neighboring farmer, but who hopes to marry him and move to Paris. On the evening of their engagement, both the fiancée and the farmer disappear. What has happened to them? Who is responsible? Can the famed detective apply his talents to a rural mystery? Written by klg19

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche trágica See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nanette Michaud: Leon thinks only of his farm. But we, we could have a wonderful time in Paris, you and I.
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Featured in A Dark Place: Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia (2019) See more »

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A little frustrating....
12 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"So Dark the Night" is a frustrating film to watch. That's because it's such a high quality film and yet the finale is amazingly unsatisfying. In fact, up until near the end of the movie I might have give the film an 8 (a great score for a low-budget B-movie)--but because of the ridiculously improbable ending, I think it earns a 6.

As I mentioned above, this film is a low-budget B-movie. None of the stars of the film have household names, though if you adore old films, you will at least recognize the face of the leading man, Steven Geray. Geray has a very rare chance to star here--usually he's a supporting actor and is hardly the leading man type. However, he's wonderful in this role and shows he really was a fine actor. The other star of the film is the director--Joseph H. Lewis. He was able to make the movie look great--a lot better than a normal B-movie. And, you'd swear the project took more than just 16 to complete.

The story is about a famous French detective. He's highly respected but also a workaholic who desperately needs a vacation. So, he goes to a quite rural town where he is warmly welcomed. However, soon there are a pair of murders--and the detective's vacation is brought to an end. However, this killer is no ordinary murderer--this one has the detective totally stumped. At this point in the film, I was pretty impressed. What did NOT impress me was the weird psychological twist at the end of the film--it seemed a bit silly and just didn't work for me. It's a shame, as up until then it really was a pretty good film. Still, despite this silly twist, it's not a bad movie. See it yourself and let me know what you think about the ending.


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