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Nocturne (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 October 1946 (USA)
In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screen play), Frank Fenton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Joe Warne
Lynn Bari ... Frances Ransom
Virginia Huston ... Carol Page
Joseph Pevney ... Fingers
Myrna Dell ... Susan
Edward Ashley ... Vincent
Walter Sande ... Halberson
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Warne
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Torp (as Bernard Hoffman)
Queenie Smith ... Queenie
Mack Gray ... Gratz (as Mack Grey)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Billings (scenes deleted)
Broderick O'Farrell ... Billings' Butler (scenes deleted)
William Wright ... Mr. Billings (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Police detective Joe Warne investigates the shooting of womanizing composer Keith Vincent. Evidence points to suicide and that is the official verdict, but Joe doesn't buy it and obsessively keeps looking, tracking down one discarded love after another, despite being ordered off the case. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Whose legs are these ? 10 beautiful brunettes with a motive for murder !


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nocturno See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Police Lt. Joe Warne says, "I like that alibi. It's round, it's firm, it's fully packed.", he is riffing on a phrase often used in advertising for Lucky Strike cigarettes at the time: "So round, so firm, so fully packed." See more »

Goofs

Fingers is playing a spinet piano, but the sound is that of a grand piano. See more »

Quotes

Police Lt. Joe Warne: How do you know I'm not a detective?
Miss Madison, the dance instructor: Don't be silly! Who ever heard of a detective with his hat off!
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Pretend
Music and Lyrics by Eleanor Rudolph
Sung by Virginia Huston (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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Lynn Bari Was A Beauty
16 September 2005 | by charlieshoemakeSee all my reviews

Nocturne is certainly not in the 1st rank of 40's film noir movies but nevertheless has a few things going for it.....the photography, some funny lines ("one more crack like that and I'll wrap the piano around your neck"), and for me, Lynn Bari. I always thought she was ( like Hillary Brooke, Lenore Aubert, Brenda Joyce, and a few others of the 40's) an underrated, very beautiful and sophisticated actress ( of a type that no longer exists in films). Of course no-one is going to confuse George Raft with Lawrence Olivier but the rest of the cast, particularly Joe Pevney (also good in "Body and Soul") does a professional job.and makes the film worthwhile.


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