Murder in the Night

Murder in the Night

Director: Norman Lee, Jack LaRue, Sandra Storme, Bernard Lee

Cast: Norman Lee, Jack LaRue, Sandra Storme, Bernard Lee

     
 
Norman Lee's Murder in the Night (1940) is a delightful British-made comedy-mystery from the period of the "Phony War," that point when England and France were officially at war with Germany, but no shots had been fired. It features some priceless establishing footage of London; it also has an early leading-man performance by Bernard Lee and features future

Overview

Norman Lee's Murder in the Night (1940) is a delightful British-made comedy-mystery from the period of the "Phony War," that point when England and France were officially at war with Germany, but no shots had been fired. It features some priceless establishing footage of London; it also has an early leading-man performance by Bernard Lee and features future leading lady Googie Withers. The real selling point for modern viewers, however, may be the club and apartment decor, which is pure art deco and comes out pretty well here (along with some breezy swing music and a goofy but entertaining gimmick in the design of the dance floor) despite the limitations of a soft, somewhat faded but serviceable source print -- a few shots at just past a half-hour into the movie are badly faded. The audio is a bit uneven, with some hiss rising up on the soundtrack during that same middle section, but considering the budget price and the obscurity of the movie (and the lack of a superior competing version), it's difficult to complain about the disc -- and those problem areas clean up at 35 minutes in.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
UPC:
0089218427595
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:10:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack LaRue Steve Marco
Sandra Storme Ruby Lane
Bernard Lee Roy Barnes
Martin Walker Inspector Hammond
James Hayter Nick Green
Googie Withers Lola Matthews
Drue Leyton Myrtle
Arthur O'Connell Lefty
Edmon Ryan Spike
Francis Lister Joe Lane
Alf Goddard Mike
Joss Ambler Actor
Robert Beatty Actor
Diana Beaumont Girl
Renée Gadd Actor
Geoffrey Sumner Actor
Zillah Bateman Actor
Diana Ward Actor

Technical Credits
Norman Lee Director
Claude Friese-Greene Cinematographer
Edward B. Jarvis Editor
Walter Mycroft Producer
F. McGrew Willis Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [11:45]
2. Chapter 2 [11:27]
3. Chapter 3 [13:10]
4. Chapter 4 [11:39]
5. Chapter 5 [11:30]
6. Chapter 6 [10:14]

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