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Night Must Fall (1964)

A psychotic killer gets in the good graces of his aging invalid employer, and worms his way into the affection of her beautiful daughter, with unpleasant results for all.


Karel Reisz


Emlyn Williams (play), Clive Exton
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Complete credited cast:
Albert Finney ... Danny
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Bramson
Susan Hampshire ... Olivia Greyne
Sheila Hancock ... Dora Parkoe
Michael Medwin ... Derek
Joe Gladwin ... Dodge
Martin Wyldeck ... Inspector Willett
John Gill John Gill ... Foster


Danny is a working-class psychopath who moves in with a wealthy widow to redecorate her house. He plays "games" with her while sleeping with her daughter and maid. Written by alfiehitchie

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"I am a private person...I live in my mind..." See more »


Crime | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Karel Reisz and Albert Finney had spent a year, including 10 weeks scouting Australian locations, developing a "Ned Kelly" project, but after Columbia finally pulled the plug, they quickly set up "Night Must Fall" at MGM. See more »


Version of Night Must Fall (1937) See more »


Music by Robert Farnon
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Don't See This Film At Night!!!!
31 July 2005 | by legwarmers1980See all my reviews

This black and white 1960s classic of a serial killer is one of the most frightening movies ever made. There are no monsters, masked killers, or nightmare ghouls. What is so utterly terrifying is that the sadistic murder is seemingly the "nicest" guy around. A good-looking, charming and friendly fellow; some 20 years before the horror of Ted Bundy!.

Albert Finney gives his most impressive and outstanding performance. He is chilling, lovable, funny, and scary. The opening scene in which Finney is walking in a swamp with a head-less, arm-less, leg-less torso is one of the most shocking and disturbing scenes in film history.

Night Must Fall is a really great piece of film-making, but don't see it before night falls! You won't be able to sleep!!!!!!

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English | German

Release Date:

17 April 1964 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Al caer la noche See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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