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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:

Jacques Viot (earlier script), John Wexley
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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
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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Barbara Bel Geddes IN HER SCREEN DEBUT See more »


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jo Ann holds up a program pamphlet during the concert in Cleveland and the ad on the back cover is shown. It's an ad for "Pike's Pale: The Ale that Won for Yale!" This is a reference to Henry Fonda's character's family business in "The Lady Eve." See more »

Goofs

When Joe Adams fires shots through the door of his room which sheriff Meade is standing in front of only two shots are fired. Prior to the first shot the location of the bullet hole can clearly be seen to the left of the center stile of the door. After both shots have been fired through the door and when Joe exits the room there are now three bullet holes in the door instead of two. See more »

Quotes

Maximilian: Very odd, my friend: I always thought that persons who do common, manual work were not so subject to nervous tension.
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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 »

Connections

References Badman's Territory (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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19 May 2000 | by ronald.tupperSee all my reviews

This was a great film and I echo the comments already made.

Original music was by Dimitri Tiomkin, one of the great composers for film.

However, most of the time you hear the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, which has the right atmosphere of foreboding required. Obviously, no copyright problems involved, but poor old Ludwig von deserves a mention!


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