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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 ... 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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AMAZING! DIFFERENT! UNIQUE!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Remade in 1964 with Albert Finney as Dan. See more »

Goofs

In Mrs. Bramson's bedroom, Danny tucks in Mrs. Bramson and leaves, closing the bedroom door with an audible click. The next scene shows Danny outside the bedroom again closing the still-open door. 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 »

Soundtracks

Mighty Lak' a Rose
(1901) (uncredited)
Written by Ethelbert Nevin
Whistled by Robert Montgomery
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EXCELLENT!!!!!
3 November 2003 | by Hesse-02See all my reviews

Just happened to catch this movie on TCM during the week before Halloween and is it a thriller! Robert Montgomery plays just the creepiest guy !!! There is a scene in this movie that was stolen by a more famous movie - "Seven" if you know what I mean. GREAT performances, GREAT psychological drama, I HIGHLY recommend.


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