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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.

Director:

Karel Reisz

Writers:

Emlyn Williams (play), Clive Exton
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 April 1964 (Italy) 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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Trivia

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

Connections

Featured in MGM Is on the Move! (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

African Village
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Williams
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Gripping thriller
17 October 2005 | by LDRoseSee all my reviews

Night must fall is a riveting film with Albert Finney giving a fantastic performance. He plays Danny, the boyfriend of a kitchen maid (Sheila Hancock) who works for a wealthy widow. However, it isn't long before he sets his sights on the widow's daughter, Olivia (Susan Hampshire). Danny hides a terrible secret from those around him, he is not who people think he is. He is charming towards his girlfriend, his employer and even manages to win round Olivia, and it is this charm which makes his dark side even more frightening. Albert Finney is wonderful to watch, combining charm and humour with menace and danger. The supporting cast is also first-rate, there is a tense atmosphere throughout and it is a shame this film is so little-known - it is an excellent, suspenseful, engaging thriller.


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