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Somewhere in the Night (1946)

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George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

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Howard Dimsdale (screenplay), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hodiak ... George W. Taylor
Nancy Guild ... Christy Smith
Lloyd Nolan ... Police Lt. Donald Kendall
Richard Conte ... Mel Phillips
Josephine Hutchinson ... Elizabeth Conroy
Fritz Kortner Fritz Kortner ... Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle
Margo Woode Margo Woode ... Phyllis
Sheldon Leonard ... Sam
Lou Nova Lou Nova ... Hubert
Houseley Stevenson ... Michael Conroy
John Russell ... Marine Captain
Philip Van Zandt ... Navy Doctor
John Kellogg ... Hospital Medical Attendant
Polly Rose Polly Rose ... Nurse
Paula Reid Paula Reid ... Nurse
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Storyline

During the World War II, a soldier is hit by a grenade that deforms his face and leaves him with amnesia. Sometime later, he is recovered and learns that his name is George Taylor and he is discharged from the army. He finds a letter written by a man called Larry Cravat that would be his pal and he goes to Los Angeles to seek out Larry Cravat to find his identity. He goes to a bank, a hotel, a Turkish bath and a night-club following leads. He is beaten up by Hubert, the henchman of Anzelmo that dumps him at the front door of the singer Christy Smith that works in a night-club. George tells his story to her and Christy decides to help him. She calls her boss and friend Mel Phillips that schedules a lunch with his friend Police Lt. Donald Kendall and Christy. They learn that Larry Cravat was a private investigator that somehow received US$ 2 million three years ago from Germany from a Nazi that was immediately deceased. Then George receives a tip to go to the Terminal Dock where he ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The screen's boldest probing of human emotions! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lonely Journey See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1946
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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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Trivia

When George Taylor (John Hodiak) signs the guest register at the Martin Hotel, the name directly above it is Howard Koch. See more »

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George Taylor is in the hospital at the beginning of the film with a broken arm and his head swathed in bandages. When they remove the bandages, he has a perfectly trimmed moustache. See more »

Quotes

Christy Smith: How does the inside of your mouth feel?
George W. Taylor: Like it's full of raw hamburger.
Christy Smith: That's just what it looked like. What did they hit you with?
George W. Taylor: A rubber hose.
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Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Middle of Nowhere
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Nancy Guild
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Early Joseph L. Mankiewicz film noir
22 July 1999 | by JB-12See all my reviews

The trademark of any Joseph L. Mankiewicz film is screenplay. It is often sharp and crackling as in his award winning "A Letter To Three Wives" and "All About Eve". In this Mankiewicz's second directoral effort the seeds of his future successes are sown.

John Hodiak plays a wounded marine who wakes up in a hospital not knowing who he is, but finding among his possessions 2 letters, one from a woman telling him what a cad he is and another from a friend of his that will lead him down a path lined with several murders, 2 million dollars and a couple of good looking women.

While "Somewhere In The Night" sounds like any one of the many detective thrillers of the 40s, it is lifted from the routine is the script which has a distinct Mankiewicz ring to it

His touch is evident in several places, including meetings with a seedy fortune teller, superbly played by Fritz Kortner, an atypical cop played by Lloyd Nolan who doesn't understand why "movie cops" always "have their hats on", and a spinster played by Josephine Hutchinson who gives Hodiak a hope when she says she recognizes him.

You may or may not figure out the plot. It matters not. The film is an enjoyable one.


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