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Nightbeat (1947)

After the war is over, two army pals take opposite paths in civvy street. One becomes a petty criminal, the other becomes a policeman.

Director:

Harold Huth

Writers:

Guy Morgan (original screen story), Guy Morgan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Crawford ... Julie Kendall
Maxwell Reed ... Felix Fenton
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Andy Kendall
Christine Norden ... Jackie
Hector Ross Hector Ross ... Don Brady
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... PC Kendall
Sidney James ... Nixon
Nicholas Stuart ... Rocky
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Magistrate
Michael Medwin ... Rocky
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After the war is over, two army pals take opposite paths in civvy street. One becomes a petty criminal, the other becomes a policeman.

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british noir | See All (1) »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le mort accuse See more »

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Production Co:

Harold Huth Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

When You Smile
(uncredited)
Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard on sheet music)
Lyrics by Harold Purcell
Sung by Christine Norden
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No Angels
8 April 2017 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

NIGHTBEAT struck me with its premise. "After the war is over, two army pals take opposite paths in civvy street. One becomes a petty criminal, the other becomes a policeman" Right away I was reminded of ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES where two characters make their own decisions which will test their friendship. This isn't how things unravel

Right from the outset there's a distraction and that is the two protagonists are shown wearing British army uniforms with sergeant strips. No matter the nationality of a sergeant they're all from working class stock but the characters speak with entirely posh accents that not one person in Britain speaks anymore , not even the British royal family, In fact in comparison to the two sergeants the Queen sounds like she comes from a sink council estate. This is painfully distracting to this egalitarian reviewer

As I said the plot doesn't really follow the ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES route and I found myself constantly wondering why the story couldn't have been told much better. It's not a terrible film but I did expect more from a British film noir and it's impossible to have convincing working class rough characters when they're played ex public school sounding people


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