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Somewhere in the Night (1946)

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George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

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Howard Dimsdale (screenplay), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hodiak ... George W. Taylor
Nancy Guild ... Christy Smith
Lloyd Nolan ... Police Lt. Donald Kendall
Richard Conte ... Mel Phillips
Josephine Hutchinson ... Elizabeth Conroy
Fritz Kortner ... Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle
Margo Woode Margo Woode ... Phyllis
Sheldon Leonard ... Sam
Lou Nova Lou Nova ... Hubert
Houseley Stevenson ... Michael Conroy
John Russell ... Marine Captain
Philip Van Zandt ... Navy Doctor
John Kellogg ... Hospital Medical Attendant
Polly Rose Polly Rose ... Nurse
Paula Reid Paula Reid ... Nurse
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Storyline

During the World War II, a soldier is hit by a grenade that deforms his face and leaves him with amnesia. Sometime later, he is recovered and learns that his name is George Taylor and he is discharged from the army. He finds a letter written by a man called Larry Cravat that would be his pal and he goes to Los Angeles to seek out Larry Cravat to find his identity. He goes to a bank, a hotel, a Turkish bath and a night-club following leads. He is beaten up by Hubert, the henchman of Anzelmo that dumps him at the front door of the singer Christy Smith that works in a night-club. George tells his story to her and Christy decides to help him. She calls her boss and friend Mel Phillips that schedules a lunch with his friend Police Lt. Donald Kendall and Christy. They learn that Larry Cravat was a private investigator that somehow received $2,000,000 three years ago from Germany from a Nazi that was immediately deceased. Then George receives a tip to go to the Terminal Dock where he meets ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Somewhere in his mind! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lonely Journey See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When George Taylor (John Hodiak) signs the guest register at the Martin Hotel, the name directly above it is Howard Koch. See more »

Goofs

George Taylor is in the hospital at the beginning of the film with a broken arm and his head swathed in bandages. When they remove the bandages, he has a perfectly trimmed moustache. See more »

Quotes

George W. Taylor: What about that beating I took?
Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle: I wish with all my heart that I could take it back.
George W. Taylor: Another figure of speech. You haven't got a heart.
Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle: True; but I have a brain and it was stupid of me. I apologize.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

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Paducah
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when George removes the postcard and replaces it with a matchbook
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Who Is and Where Is Larry Cravat?
30 April 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

During the World War II, a soldier is hit by a grenade that deforms his face and leaves him with amnesia. Sometime later, he is recovered and learns that his name is George Taylor (John Hodiak) and he is discharged from the army. He finds a letter written by a man called Larry Cravat that would be his pal and he goes to Los Angeles to seek out Larry Cravat to find his identity. He goes to a bank, a hotel, a Turkish bath and a night-club following leads. He is beaten up by Hubert, the henchman of Anzelmo (Fritz Kortner) that dumps him at the front door of the singer Christy Smith (Nancy Guild) that works in a night-club. George tells his story to her and Christy decides to help him. She calls her boss and friend Mel Phillips (Richard Conte) that schedules a lunch with his friend Police Lt. Donald Kendall (Lloyd Nolan) and Christy. They learn that Larry Cravat was a private investigator that somehow received US$ 2 million three years ago from Germany from a Nazi that was immediately deceased. Then George receives a tip to go to the Terminal Dock where he meets Anzelmo that explains that Larry Cravat is wanted by the police for the murder of a man at the dock to keep the money. Larry has disappeared and Anzelmo believes George Taylor is the man that was with him and probably the killer. George further investigation finds that a man named Conroy was a witness of the crime, but he was hit and run by a truck and is interned at the Lambeth Sanatorium. When George meets Conroy, he realizes that the man was stabbed but he tells where he hid the suitcase with the money before dying. Now George is close to solve the mystery.

"Somewhere in the Night" is an intriguing film-noir with a mystery about who is and where is a man called Larry Cravat. The direction of Joseph L. Mankiewicz is tight as usual and the plot has many twists and the story is disclosed in pieces like a puzzle. The gorgeous Nancy Guild performs the role of an independent woman ahead of time. Alan Parker was probably inspired in George Taylor to develop the character Harry Angel in the 1987 "Angel Heart". My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Aventura na Noite" ("One Adventure in the Night")

Note: On 29 July 2018 I saw this film again.


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