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Somewhere in the Night (1946)

Cast: Charles Arnt, Charles Arnt, Richard Benedict, more...
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Film Noir
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
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. ~ Linda Rasmussen, All Movie Guide

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Another Fun, Faux, Film Noir by talltale November 8, 2005 - 11:17 AM PST
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In Joseph L. Mankiewicz' SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT, a fine example of faux film noir (or perhaps film noir techniques used in the service of a happy Hollywood mystery), amnesia, identity, soldiers, hoodlums and one very smart gal combine to offer up quite a good time.

John Hodiak (never a real star, but an interesting combo of square-jawed macho and reticence) plays the lead, but it's the female presence, Nancy Guild, who makes this movie so much fun. Long-limbed and lovely, she made only a small handful of films (including one of the 'Francis' the Talking Mule movies), then disappeared and reappeared during the 70s in Otto Preminger's flop adaptation of Lois Gould's "Such Good Friends" (let's get that one on DVD, please!). But she brings such delightful, low-key class, sass and savvy to this film that I think you'll remember her performance longer than those of many better-known leading ladies.




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