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Night Must Fall (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 30 April 1937 (USA)
When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Emlyn Williams (from the stage success of), John Van Druten (screen play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Tottenham ... Dora
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Terence
May Whitty ... Mrs. Bramson (as Dame May Whitty)
Rosalind Russell ... Olivia
Eily Malyon ... Nurse
Matthew Boulton ... Belsize
Robert Montgomery ... Danny
Beryl Mercer ... Saleslady
Alan Marshal ... Justin
Winifred Harris Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Laurie
E.E. Clive ... Guide
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Storyline

Crotchety old Mrs. Bransom hires a charming young man named Danny as a live-in companion. Less charmed by Danny is Mrs. Bransom's niece, Olivia, a repressed young woman who suspects Danny of foul play. When news of a local murder is revealed, Olivia suspects Danny. Although repulsed by the thought he may have committed the crime, Olivia also finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to him at the same time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al caer la noche See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Wednesday 28 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by New York City Saturday 2 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Philadelphia Friday 14 February 1958, by a film programmer with a bizarre sense of Valentine's Day humor, on WFIL (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 4 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), See more »

Goofs

While Olivia and Justin are talking at the cricket match, in the background you see the couple with the dog start to walk by twice. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Belsize: [Seeing Olivia gazing out the window] Why, what's the matter? Have you just thought of something?
Olivia Grayne: Oh, no, no.
Inspector Belsize: You were looking strange as if you just thought of something.
Olivia Grayne: Oh, no, it's nothing really. I was just thinking that...
Inspector Belsize: What?
Olivia Grayne: [pauses] Well, I often wonder on a very fine morning what it would be like for night to come... and I never can. I'd have to...
[laughs]
Olivia Grayne: Silly.
Mrs. Bramson: Hunh, I should think it was!
Inspector Belsize: No, go on.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The main title reads "The astonishing London and New York stage success 'Night Must Fall' ". See more »

Connections

Referenced in What Price Porky (1938) See more »

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Mighty Lak' a Rose
(1901) (uncredited)
Written by Ethelbert Nevin
Whistled by Robert Montgomery
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This movie is a real treat!
29 March 2002 | by bojonesSee all my reviews

It is obvious that this movie was designed and photographed by true artists. Art Director Cedric Gibbons has been credited with over 1,000 movies throughout his career spanning the 20s - 50s. Associate Art Director Edwin Willis has also designed over 500 sets.

Every corner of every scene has interesting and beautiful details to look at in the sets of the English cottage and gardens, and all are exquisitely lit and photographed by cinematographer Ray June. Pay attention to the way he uses light streaming in the windows and highlights even the smallest details. It is striking.

Rosalind Russell also gives a very good English accent. I liked her serene performance of a prim Englishwoman. Robert Montgomery excellently portrays the "dangerous type," a psychopath who can display many different personalities to suit his needs. I especially liked his performance in the arrest scene. Dame May Whitty also gives an excellent performance as the abrasive but gullible and neurotic Mrs. Bramson.

A good movie doesn't have to have a lot of action and chase scenes. I recommend this movie for many other reasons: Beautiful sets, lighting, photography, interesting story, interesting dialogue, and interesting characters.


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