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The Long Night (1947)

Passed | | 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.


Anatole Litvak


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




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)


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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The impassioned story of a love that promised the world -- and paid off in bullets! See more »


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Remake of Le Jour Se Leve (1939) with Jean Gabin . French with English subtitles. That one's better. See more »


When Joe from inside his apartment shoots at the cops who are standing outside his door; it leaves bullet holes in the door. But on a following cut after speaking with the little girl and going back into his apartment; there are no bullet holes on the interior side of the door. See more »


Maximilian: In a strange way I'm honest... even about my lies.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: "...the night is long That never finds the day..." William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene III See more »


Remake of Le Jour Se Leve (1939) See more »


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Music by Juventino Rosas
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Long, Dull Night
4 July 2010 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

Holed up in his apartment after committing a murder, a depressed war veteran engages in a gun battle with the police while reflecting on the circumstances that led to the situation. It sounds intriguing on paper, but the script is rather sloppy, featuring flashbacks within flashbacks. It's basically an uninteresting story with dull characters. Fonda tries to make something of his role, but is given little to work with. Bel Geddes makes an impressive film debut, and Dvorak and Price are also fine, but they are all let down by the screenplay. Litvak has made better films, but here his staging of police work and the shootout is poorly executed.

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28 May 1947 (USA) See more »

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A Time to Kill See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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