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The Long Night (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 May 1947 (USA)
Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

John Wexley (screen play by), Jacques Viot (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Joe Adams
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Jo Ann
Vincent Price ... Maximilian the Great
Ann Dvorak ... Charlene
Howard Freeman ... Sheriff Ned Meade
Moroni Olsen ... Chief of Police Bob McManus
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Frank Dunlap
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Tully
David Clarke ... Bill Pulanski
Charles McGraw ... Stevens - Policeman
Melinda Byron ... Peggy (as Patty King)
Davis Roberts ... Freddie (as Robert A. Davis)
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Storyline

The credits fade onto a blind man tapping his way down the sidewalk,he enters a dingy boarding house and hears a shot fired in one of the upstairs bedrooms. A door opens from audience POV. A man tumbles out of the door and falls, slides and slithers down two flights of stairs and is dead when he hits the bottom. Then follows nearly 100 minutes of flashback and flashbacks-within-flashbacks about a veteran returing from the war, tired and disillusioned, only to find that he girl he loves has lied to him about her relationship with another man, and that man is sadistic, boastful and tauntful. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The impassioned story of a love that promised the world -- and paid off in bullets! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Time to Kill See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to RKO of $1,000,000 according to studio records. See more »

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Quotes

Maximilian: [to Jo-Ann] You have sharp nails like a little animal. Maybe that's what I like about you.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: "...the night is long That never finds the day..." William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene III See more »

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References Badman's Territory (1946) See more »

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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Music by Louis Lambert
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Le Jour ne se Lève pas.
29 April 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is an example of a very BAD remake.Proof positive that great actors and good directors do not necessarily mean good work.You have got to bear in mind that Carné/Prévert's "Le JOur se Lève" was made in 1939 at a time when France was not smiling .The movie was so depressing it was quickly forbidden by the military censorship (see my review of the French film for more details).The movie was an exact reflection of its time.Out of that context it's another melodrama.Besides,deprived

of Prévert's lines -when a poetic dialog is translated into another language,there's always a problem- it loses much of its appeal)

Although one of the best actors in American cinema,Henry Fonda could not succeed in Gabin's plebeian part.Ann Dvorak is the most adequate choice since her swagger imitates Arletty's.

And who could forgive the new ending?


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