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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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The lusty brawling star of "Tom Jones" goes psycho in Night Must Fall. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 April 1964 (Canada) 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

Referenced in Room 101: Episode #10.5 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Underworld
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Farnon
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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27 February 2006 | by alfred-norgroveSee all my reviews

I'm very glad I watched this extremely well made British '60s film before reading other critical judgements; otherwise I might not have bothered with it. I've seen a lot of British thrillers and films noirs from this period, and some of them are really terrible; not terrifying, dreadful. By comparison this one is a gem.

Finney dominates the scene with his accustomed bravura. I agree he overdoes it, if he'd turned it down a couple of notches, he'd have been perfect. An interesting idea that Arthur Seton in "Saturday Night.." was being **outrageous**. I'm sure Finney imagined he was doing realism! Mona Washbourne is also very good. Not many parts like this are currently being written for elderly or middle-aged female actors in British or U.S films, but back then they were pretty common. Lastly, a word of praise for Susan Hampshire in her pre-Forsyte Saga days. She never looked better; a nuanced, sympathetic performance of that breed of emotionally challenged posh girls, who were often treated as off-putting caricatures in British cinema. Not here thankfully. The entire cast is excellent. This film was a huge treat all round.


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