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A Voice in the Night (1946)

Wanted for Murder (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 November 1946 (USA)
The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

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Percy Robinson (stage play), Terence de Marney (stage play) (as Terence De Marney) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Victor James Colebrooke, alias Tom Maren
Dulcie Gray ... Anne Fielding
Derek Farr ... Jack Williams
Roland Culver ... Chief Insp. Conway
Stanley Holloway ... Sgt. Sullivan
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Colebrooke
Bonar Colleano ... Cpl. Nick Mappolo
Jenny Laird ... Jeannie McLaren
Kathleen Harrison ... Florrie
Bill Shine ... Det. Ellis
Viola Lyel Viola Lyel ... Mabel Cooper
John Salew John Salew ... Det. Walters
John Ruddock John Ruddock ... Glover
Edna Wood Edna Wood ... Miss Kemp
George Carney ... Boat Rental Agent
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The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a woman but can he suppress his urge to kill her ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voice in the Night See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 28 January 1954 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 15 August 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco it made its television debut Friday 10 June 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

When Insp Conway calls on Colebrooke at home, he declines the offer of a cigarette, saying that he doesn't smoke. However, we have already seen him light up in his office, and when Colebrooke later comes to see him there, Conway offers him a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Sullivan: There's one other thing sir. Course, you can take this for what it's worth.
Chief Insp. Conway: Yes?
Sgt. Sullivan: My wife says she's certain there's going to be another murder tonight.
Chief Insp. Conway: Your wife isn't the strangler by any chance, is she?
Sgt. Sullivan: Not that I know of sir. Only she's just got a feeling that's all. She's septic. Er - psychic...
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The cast list in the opening credits finishes with etc. etc. See more »

Soundtracks

A Voice in the Night
Lyric of Song by Mischa Spoliansky
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Sung by Elizabeth Webb
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Are all hangman grandchildren serial murders?
12 November 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

The most interesting aspect of this lacklustre thriller are the views that it gives us of post war austerity London.This is a thriller without a thrill.For some bizarre reason we know the killer from the beginning.The reason for his murderous impulses arise from the fact that his grandfather was the public hangman in Victorian Times.To add to the character he is also a hummus boy.The actors do their best with the material but some of them are miscast.In particular Dulcie Grey and Derick Farr.I cannot remember a bus conductor talking as if he was fresh from a Mayfair nightclub.I can only assume that this film has such a high,overrated mark,due to the prescience of Portman and writing of Pressburger.


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