Somewhere in the Night [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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George Taylor (Hodiak) returns from the war suffering from amnesia and trying to track down his identity by following a trail started by a mysterious man named Larry Cravat. Pretty soon George finds himself thrust into a murder mystery where nothing is ever as it seems.
The amnesia sufferer is not in short supply in film noir, neither is the returning from the war veteran, but Somewhere in the Night may just be one of the most under appreciated to use these central themes. Amongst film noir writers it has a very mixed reputation, yet the trajectory it follows is quintessential film noir stuff.
George Taylor (Hodiak assured and rightly playing it as low-key confusion) is very much at the mercy of others, thus he finds himself wandering blindly into a labyrinthine murder mystery. His journey will see him get a beating (no matter he is one tough boy), pulled from one suspicious location to the next and introduce him to dames, a stoic copper, a shifty fortune teller and a "too good to be true?" club owner. The screenplay is deliberately convoluted, making paying attention essential, and the script blends tongue in cheek nonchalance with spicy oral stings.
The locations Taylor visits are suitably atmospheric, even macabre at times, which allows Mankiewicz and Brodine (Boomerang/Kiss of Death) to open up some noir visuals. Dr.Read more ›
Much in the vein of the later Bullitt from 1968, this film will have you puzzling out who is what and how they are connected.
A wounded US Marine returns to California after WW2 with no memory and a mysterious letter from a 'Larry Cravat'
When the US Marine starts asking about Larry Cravat, the action starts, just like when you lift up a stone, all the bugs start crawling out!
There are many twists, turns and dead ends for the lead charachter George Taylor the US Marine as he tries to find Larry Caravat and unravel the story of what happened in 1942 some three years previously.
I won't spoli it for you but he gets the runaround and people go to an awful lot of trouble to try and find out what George Taylor knows about Larry Cravat!
A great understated performance from Lloyd Nolan as the Police Detective too!
Great 1940's style film noir!
This was one of Joseph Mankiewicz's first director jobs. He'd made his reputation writing screenplays and he wrote this one. As a director, he was still learning his way. The movie is interesting, but is not in the league of the films he would start making in two or three years. Once the plot really kicks in, however, about a third of the way, the movie starts getting better and better.
Although as a noir, the film has all the nighttime scenes and tough dialogue you might want, it still is very much a B-movie, and this is, I think, because of two flaws you need to accept if you're going to enjoy it. The two leads, John Hodiak and Nancy Guild, aren't very effective. Hodiak was a sincere, somewhat stolid middle-of-the-road actor. At his best, as in A Bell for Adano and Sunday Dinner for a Soldier, he could be effective. I don't think tough-guy roles played to his strengths. He was only 41 when he died of a heart attack. This was Nancy Guild's first film.Read more ›
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Very good b/w film noir. Plot held my attention throughout. Nice to watch something I hadn't seen before and wasn't disappointed.Published 4 months ago by Chris
A great film of finding the truth. John Hodiak, suffered from amnesia returned from the war and involved in a grave crime. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David
Just bought this as a add up but more then happy I did not seen it before but well worth it cracking acting good story line take a watch you will not be disappointedPublished 5 months ago by David Mee
Enjoyable nourish thriller starring John Hodiak always an interesting actor. Perhaps more so when his membership of the American Communist party is known. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paul Barrett
It was fine, actually is the only one I have watch it since the Phanton Lady, second from the top, it was not working so I return it, and the first at the top Phantom lady with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Martincho
Somewhere in the Night is a neat all but forgotten noir with some delicious dialogue courtesy of Howard Dimdsdale and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the latter doubling as director. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Trevor Willsmer