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The Long Night (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 May 1947 (USA)
Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

John Wexley (screen play by), Jacques Viot (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Joe Adams
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Jo Ann
Vincent Price ... Maximilian the Great
Ann Dvorak ... Charlene
Howard Freeman ... Sheriff Ned Meade
Moroni Olsen ... Chief of Police Bob McManus
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Frank Dunlap
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Tully
David Clarke ... Bill Pulanski
Charles McGraw ... Stevens - Policeman
Melinda Byron ... Peggy (as Patty King)
Davis Roberts ... Freddie (as Robert A. Davis)
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Storyline

The credits fade onto a blind man tapping his way down the sidewalk,he enters a dingy boarding house and hears a shot fired in one of the upstairs bedrooms. A door opens from audience POV. A man tumbles out of the door and falls, slides and slithers down two flights of stairs and is dead when he hits the bottom. Then follows nearly 100 minutes of flashback and flashbacks-within-flashbacks about a veteran returing from the war, tired and disillusioned, only to find that he girl he loves has lied to him about her relationship with another man, and that man is sadistic, boastful and tauntful. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Time to Kill See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film for director Anatole Litvak in five years after serving in the U.S. Army during WWII where he worked mainly with Frank Capra turning out documentaries for the War Department. See more »

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Maximilian: You know, I always find it rather amusing, these conceptions you simple men have concerning women. But the lovely creatures, they're so much more complicated, thank heaven.
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Opening card: "...the night is long That never finds the day..." William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene III See more »

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References Badman's Territory (1946) See more »

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Violin Concerto
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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The Long Night is a nearly excellent, if obscure, movie I recently discovered
3 May 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When I went to my local library to check some DVDs, I stumbled onto this obscure flick that starred Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes (in her film debut), Vincent Price, and Ann Dvorak. With that cast (I just remembered that Elisa Cook, Jr. has a memorable role as a blind man here), with Anatole Litvak as director, and Dimitri Tiomkin conducting his score (as well as some Beethoven pieces spread among it), I expected an excellent suspenseful movie and I got it! Well, maybe nearly so since the speech Ms. Bel Geddes says to Fonda at the end is obviously contrived to address the audience as well as the leading character about the faith of people. Otherwise, the dialogue was mostly spot-on especially the heated exchanges between Fonda and Price who, as usual, is absolutely charming even in his creepiness. And Ms. Dvorak marks a nice contrast with her cynicism as compared with Ms. Bel Geddes' optimism. Fonda himself goes the full range of emotions whether during the flashbacks or his present condition of being holed up in his apartment while the police are waiting outside. So for all that, I highly recommend The Long Night.


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