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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.

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Edwin L. Marin

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

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Police Lt. Joe Warne
Lynn Bari ... Frances Ransom
Virginia Huston ... Carol Page
Joseph Pevney ... Ned 'Fingers' Ford
Myrna Dell ... Susan Flanders
Edward Ashley ... Keith Vincent
Walter Sande ... Detective Halberson
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Warne
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Eric 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 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 15 May 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), in Memphis Saturday 28 July 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13), and in New York City Monday 3 September 1956 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

(around 2 mins, 20 seconds) When you first see the "Nocturne" sheet music on the piano in the film's opening shot, it is comprised of two pages with 20 music staffs containing musical notes on each staff. However, when it cuts to another shot of the sheet music, only 16 of the 20 staffs contain musical notes. See more »

Quotes

Frances Ransom: [to Joe on movie set] Now why don't you hop on your scooter, sonny boy, and blow. I've got to emote!
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Crazy Credits

Mack Gray (as Mack Grey) is listed in the opening credits, but not in the end credits cast of characters. See more »

Connections

References Man Alive (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Sung by Virginia Huston (dubbed by Martha Mears) (uncredited)
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Vivid L.A. mystery falls just short of being a classic of the noir cycle
30 September 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

A spectacular aerial nightscape of Los Angeles opens Nocturne, finally gliding down over a cliffside house and zooming right into the living room. There, a playboy songwriter sits at the piano while giving the brush-off to the latest in his string of lady friends. (She's veiled in black, but get a load of her instep.) A shot rings out....

Nocturne has a great, hard look; coupled with a nice feel for its milieu (piano bars, courtyard apartments, photography and movie studios), it adds up to one of the more vivid L.A. movies, especially when the dry winds rattle the leaves and stir up the rubbish. If in the end Nocturne doesn't quite redeem its promise, it's not for want of trying.

Part of its problem lies in its star, George Raft, as the police detective assigned the case. A 40ish bachelor who lives with Mom (scene-stealing Mabel Paige), he has a sharp eye for willing women, including his suspects. No one ever mistook Raft for a great actor, but sometimes he fits, sometimes he doesn't. Here he's so-so, a smart-mouthed Dapper Dan who leaks not a clue as to why he's always in hot water for insubordination and excessive force (it would have been a terrific Dick Powell part).

Raft's sleuthing takes him through the dead man's stable of exes (all of whom, for reasons that stay unexplained, he used to call `Dolores'). Among them Raft meets up with a sister act: hard-boiled brunette Lynn Bari and sweet blonde Virginia Huston, who sings in a night spot where Joseph Pevney (later to direct Shakedown, Meet Danny Wilson and Female On The Beach) entertains from a rolling piano, muscled from table to table by big, dumb Bernard Hoffman. But Raft keeps following false leads and encountering dead ends....

One of the chief pleasures of film noir must also be counted among its drawbacks: all too often, there's a lot more style than sense. With Nocturne, that's hard to overlook, so it falls just short of being a classic installment in the noir cycle.


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