Long Night is a sullen brooding film [based on a pre-war French film] about vet of World War II who goes on killing spree when his girl takes up with another guy. There's some good, challenging writing that indicts a society in which a guy can kill legally in war and get it in the neck if he does it in peace, but it's cinematic stuff that others may pounce on. Brilliant thesping jobs are turned in by Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes (making her film bow), Vincent Price and others, but despite the good cast, picture is too grim.

Long Night is a sullen brooding film [based on a pre-war French film] about vet of World War II who goes on killing spree when his girl takes up with another guy. There’s some good, challenging writing that indicts a society in which a guy can kill legally in war and get it in the neck if he does it in peace, but it’s cinematic stuff that others may pounce on. Brilliant thesping jobs are turned in by Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes (making her film bow), Vincent Price and others, but despite the good cast, picture is too grim.

Film opens with bang-bang as Fonda shoots Price. Squad car arrives and crowd gathers as Fonda resolves to shoot it out with cops. Via flashbacks, Bel Geddes’ meeting with Price and subsequent tragic events are revealed. Yarn moves from present to past and back cleverly, winding up where it started.

The Long Night

Production

RKO. Director Anatole Litvak; Producer Anatole Litvak, Robert Hakim, Raymond Hakim; Screenplay John Wexley; Camera Sol Polito; Editor Robert Swink; Music Dimitri Tiomkin; Art Director Eugene Lourie

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Henry Fonda Barbara Bel Geddes Vincent Price Ann Dvorak Elisha Cook Jr

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