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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?

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

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
Brother Theodore ... Georges (as Theodore Gottlieb)
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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Henri Cassin: Henri Cassin is no more. I caught him. I killed him.
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Featured in A Dark Place: Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia (2019) See more »

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Sun-dappled noir
22 January 2002 | by muddlyjamesSee all my reviews

Really not much to keep you locked to the screen here. Cassin is not exactly charismatic or intense enough for you to believe his role in that twist (or is it wrench?) of an ending and the supporting cast is as two dimensional as the "French countryside" backdrop. The only thing of interest is how Lewis attempts, somewhat perversely, to employ noir conventions and build suspense in a sun-dappled bucolic landscape. Hey, at least the guy was always mixin' it up! 5/10.


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