Nocturne is a detective thriller with action and suspense plentiful and hard-bitten mood of story sustained by Edwin L. Marin's direction. There's some confusion towards windup in pulling all threads of tale together but this was apparently due to editing problem in keeping footage to tight 86 minutes' running time.

Nocturne is a detective thriller with action and suspense plentiful and hard-bitten mood of story sustained by Edwin L. Marin’s direction. There’s some confusion towards windup in pulling all threads of tale together but this was apparently due to editing problem in keeping footage to tight 86 minutes’ running time.

George Raft is seen as hardboiled detective lieutenant whose stubbornness leads to uncovering a murder previously tagged a suicide. He gives his usual, slow-paced, tough touch to assignment to make it thoroughly effective. Co-star Lynn Bari, a prime suspect through much of the footage, turns in a capable job. Virginia Huston is interesting as Bari’s songstress sister and sings three tunes.

Plot has Edward Ashley, composer, found dead in his swank Hollywood home, an apparent suicide. Police accept theory, all but Raft, who can’t believe the Ashley character is type to shoot himself in middle of composing tune.

Nocturne

Production

RKO. Director Edwin L. Marin; Producer Joan Harrison; Screenplay Jonathan Latimer; Camera Harry J. Wild; Editor Elmo Williams; Music Leigh Harline; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Robert Boyle

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

George Raft Lynn Bari Virginia Huston Joseph Pevney
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