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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) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... 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 $2,000,000 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 meets ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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THE STORY OF A MAN AFRAID TO LOVE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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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
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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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 3, 1947 with John Hodiak reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

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: In about two minutes, a bouncer is coming back in here with no sense of humor. He's a foot bigger than you in all directions. That's what I think.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

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Paducah
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when George removes the postcard and replaces it with a matchbook
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Excellent Crime Drama
26 April 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Mankiewicz could really turn out good product and this neglected film is absolutely worth a look! An unusual hybrid of THE MALTESE FALCON and TOTAL RECALL, SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT was ahead of its time and has aged better than most amnesiac fare. One could argue that TOTAL RECALL owes quite a debt to this movie regarding its twist bad guy identity revelation. There's some excellent dialogue and once you overlook some whopper implausibilities, the plot works well, as does the oddball cast of supporting characters, including the opportunist police lieutenant and the rogues gallery of ne'er do wells hoping to cash in on the amnesiac's memories. The movie doesn't hold up to close scrutiny (how did the money hanging under a pier not rot from three years' worth of salt water for one) but it is highly entertaining and noir fans should definitely take a look. Hodiak, Nolan and Conte are all solid in their respective roles. Enjoy!


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