Hangover Square is eerie murder melodrama of the London gaslight era - typical of Patrick Hamilton yarns, of which this is another. And it doesn't make any pretense at mystery. The madman-murderer is known from the first reel.

Hangover Square is eerie murder melodrama of the London gaslight era – typical of Patrick Hamilton yarns, of which this is another. And it doesn’t make any pretense at mystery. The madman-murderer is known from the first reel.

It is the story of a distinguished young composer-pianist with a Jekyll-Hyde personality. When he becomes over-wrought, he’s a madman – and his lustful forages are always accompanied by a loss of memory for the periods during which he is murder-bent.

Laird Cregar as the madman-murderer shows markedly the physical decline, through dieting, said to have been a factor in [the actor’s] death. Linda Darnell and George Sanders are co-stars, the former as the two-timing girl and Sanders as a Scotland Yard psychiatrist who provides the tell-tale clues responsible for the denouement.

Production is grade A, and so is the direction by John Brahm, with particular bows to the music score by Bernard Herrmann.

Hangover Square

Production

20th Century-Fox. Dir John Brahm; Producer Robert Bassler; Screenplay Barre Lyndon; Camera Joseph La Shelle; Editor Harry Reynolds; Music Bernard Herrmann Art Dir Lyle R. Wheeler, Maurice Ransford

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Laird Cregar Linda Darnell George Sanders Glenn Langan Faye Marlowe Alan Napier
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