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Somewhere in the Night

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Overview

George Taylor John Hodiak is a war veteran suffering from amnesia with only two clues to his past: the bitter letter from a woman who hates him and another mysterious letter signed "Larry Cravat." Taylor goes to Los Angeles to meet Cravat. It turns out that Cravat is wanted for murder and the robbery of $2 million. George becomes involved with a singer, Christy Nancy Guild and is chased by mobsters while on a search for the stolen money. There ensue a series of chases, an interesting plot twist and a surprise ...
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Overview

George Taylor John Hodiak is a war veteran suffering from amnesia with only two clues to his past: the bitter letter from a woman who hates him and another mysterious letter signed "Larry Cravat." Taylor goes to Los Angeles to meet Cravat. It turns out that Cravat is wanted for murder and the robbery of $2 million. George becomes involved with a singer, Christy Nancy Guild and is chased by mobsters while on a search for the stolen money. There ensue a series of chases, an interesting plot twist and a surprise ending as John learns the true identity of Cravat.Somewhere in the Night is the quintessential "amnesia victim" as protagonist film, somewhat slow, but nevertheless, engrossing and suspenseful.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Arthur Eddie Muller; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Film noir aficionados -- and just plain fans of good older films -- will relish Somewhere in the Night, a classic of the genre whose very title promises high contrast black-and-white photography, a hero plopped into a world in which lies and truths are difficult to identify and plenty of danger and suspense. It's all there, along with other familiar noir trappings like the femme fatale and questions of identity. So none of the basic ingredients of the plot is especially original -- and sometimes that plot gets a trifle confusing and/or a bit incredible -- but it's told with such style and assurance that it comes across as fresh and engrossing. Credit Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who not only contributed to the screenplay (which bears signs of his witty style in much of the dialogue) but also directed, his first time as a director from start to finish on a project. Mankiewicz's work is remarkably assured here. Aside from the opening sequences, there's little here that is visually inventive in terms of his storytelling, but it has a directness and clarity that is admirable. Besides, cinematographer Norbert F. Brodin is on hand to supply gorgeous, evocative, dramatic photography that makes any directorial tricks unnecessary. In the lead role, John Hodiak is surprisingly good, more than making up for the dull Nancy Guild opposite him, and the supporting cast is uniformly strong. All in all, a gripping little thriller.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • UPC: 024543191131
  • Original Release: 1946
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,058

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Arnt Little Man
Richard Benedict Technical Sergeant
Whit Bissell John, Bartender
Richard Conte Mel Phillips
Clancy Cooper Attendant
Jeff Corey Bank Teller
Mary Currier Miss Jones
Jack Davis Dr. Grant
Henri DeSoto Headwaiter
Sam Flint Bank Guard
Nancy Guild Christy Smith
John Hodiak George Taylor
Josephine Hutchinson Elizabeth Conroy
John Kellogg Medical Attendant
Fritz Kortner Anzelmo
Sheldon Leonard Sam
Charles Marsh Hotel Clerk
Louis Mason Brother Williams
Forbes Murray Executive
Lloyd Nolan Lt. Donald Kendall
Lou Nova Hubert
John Russell Marine Captain
Al Sparlis Anzelmo's Henchman
Houseley Stevenson Sr. Conroy
Harry Tyler Baggage Room Attendant
Margo Woode Phyllis
Philip Van Zandt Navy Doctor
Maynard Holmes Police Stenographer
Edward Kelly
Milt Kibbee Proprietor
Al Seymour Men at Bar
Henry Morgan Bath Attendant
John Ireland Voice Only
Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director, Screenwriter
James Basevi Art Director
Marvin Borowsky Original Story
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Marvin Broowsky Original Story
David Buttolph Score Composer
James B. Clark Editor
Howard Dimsdale Screenwriter
Ernest Lansing Set Decoration/Design
Anderson Lawler Producer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Emil Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lee Strasberg Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Somewhere in the Night
1. Main Titles [1:08]
2. Alone in the Light [2:28]
3. Who Is George Taylor? [2:38]
4. Assigned Identity [1:27]
5. The Martin Hotel [1:45]
6. Past Possessions [2:25]
7. Larry Cravat [1:36]
8. The Elite Baths [1:48]
9. A Girl Named Christy [2:44]
10. Cheap Women, Cheap Information [2:09]
11. Double-Crossed [2:48]
12. What Happened to Mary and Me [3:52]
13. Perhaps We Could Work Together [1:26]
14. Larry's Two Million Dollars [4:37]
15. A Detective Clue [3:42]
16. What Anzelmo Knows [1:13]
17. The Middle of Nowhere [6:19]
18. Maybe It's Murder [:04]
19. Someone From His Past [4:20]
20. Where Micharl Conroy Fits In [2:07]
21. Crazy Enough to Believe You [6:28]
22. One and the Same [1:19]
23. Piecing It Together [2:54]
24. The Jig Is Up [4:03]
25. Not Until Tonight [2:39]
26. A Cop when You Need One [5:13]
27. Good Cop, Bad Shot [5:20]
28. The Movies Are Right! [2:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Somewhere in the Night
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   Languages
      Language and Audio: English Mono
      Language and Audio: English Stereo
      Commentary by Film Noir Historian Eddie Muller
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Film Noir Historian Eddie Muller: On
      Commentary by Film Noir Historian Eddie Muller: Off
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Noir
         The Street With No Name
         Where the Sidewalk Ends
         No Way Out
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Somewhere in the Night

    A good film noir that I found myself wanting to watch again. Although the cast is not well known they are all very competent and the film stays in one's mind and satisfies. Initially one might find the plot a bit unbelievable. It is certainly a contrivance, but the film held my interest despite it.

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