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Nightfall (1956)

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Through a series of bizarre coincidences, an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.


Jacques Tourneur


Stirling Silliphant (screen play by), David Goodis (from the novel by)





Complete credited cast:
Aldo Ray ... James Vanning
Brian Keith ... John
Anne Bancroft ... Marie Gardner
Jocelyn Brando ... Laura Fraser
James Gregory ... Ben Fraser
Frank Albertson ... Dr. Edward Gurston
Rudy Bond ... Red


There is money missing from a bank job, an attractive model, an insurance investigator, and two extremely dangerous thugs. James Vanning (Aldo Ray) portrays an innocent man on the run, being pursued by the criminals who stupidly misplaced their take from the crime and think he has it or knows where it is hidden. Add model Marie Gardner (Anne Bancroft) who crossed paths with nice guy Vanning, while he is on the run. This all adds up to a thriller wherein the viewer is drawn into the story and becomes part of the drama. When Marie says "things that really happen are difficult to explain" it captures the theme of this film. A nice girl helps a nice guy, who is innocent and is drawn into the drama. As tension mounts she says: "I am always meeting the wrong man, and it leads to doomed relationships." Marie inadvertently leads Vanning into the hands of the villains. However, she is a pseudo-femme fatale, innocently involved in the intrigue and, like the viewer, is gradually drawn into the ... Written by Noir-Fan-en-Suisse

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On a night made for lovers... and killers. See more »


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As they approach Moose, Wyoming (a real-life town), the bus drivers says the (unidentified) highest peak is 13,766 feet tall. He is probably referring to Grand Teton, which is now stated to be 13,776 feet tall and in the immediate vicinity of Moose. The incorrect height may either be a script error or just a subsequent revision to Grand Teton's height as mountain peak elevations get revised from time to time. The highest peak in Wyoming is Gannett Peak at 13,810 feet, and is not near Moose, Wyoming. See more »


When Ben is surveilling Vanning's apartment at 4 a.m., there are sheer curtains on the windows as seen from outside and inside the apartment. However, in the shot through the binoculars, the curtains have disappeared. See more »


Marie Gardner: Yesterday, my biggest problem was how I was going to break a date with a fellow I know for tonight. Of course I could call him up and tell him I can't make it. I'm on my way to Wyoming in a pair of field boots, with a man that's wanted for murder.
James Vanning: If I left you here, they'd find you in no time.
Marie Gardner: Even if they didn't, I'd still want to go with you.
Marie Gardner: You're the most wanted man I know.
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Remake of Sure As Fate: Nightfall (1950) See more »


Music by Peter De Rose and Charles H. Cuppett (as Charles Harold)
Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
Performed by Al Hibbler
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excellent dialogue and impressive cinematography

Ten years on from his classic, Out of the Past, Jacques Tourneur turns out another fine film. It does not have quite the gravitas of the earlier film and Aldo Ray, Brian Keith and even the lovely Anne Bancroft not quite the stature of Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer but, nevertheless a snappy and stylish effort with the wonderful snowy Wyoming landscape as the rural setting contrasted with the neon lit LA scenes. The slightly improbable but simple story is intriguingly told with flashbacks, excellent dialogue and impressive cinematography. We are drawn in at the very start when a strange automobile accident interrupts a fishing trip and held until the very end and the stunning and suspenseful snow plow sequence.

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Release Date:

9 November 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Copa Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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