The Long Night (1947)





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The Long Night is a watered-down American remake of the 1939 French thriller Le Jour Se Leve. Vincent Price plays a seedy magician who exerts a Svengalilike influence over Barbara Bel Geddes. Henry Fonda, Geddes' ex-soldier boyfriend, is goaded by into killing Price. Fonda escapes to the top floor of a tenement building, where Geddes begs him to surrender before the police shoot him down. Most of The Lone Night is in flashback, which prompted several audience members to flash farther back to the … More

Rating: Unrated (not Rated)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: John Wexley
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On DVD: Jul 18, 2000
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Critic Reviews for The Long Night

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Henry Fonda had a number of classic film roles, but it is incredibly exciting to see the raw sensitivity and confidence he delivers in Long Night , which ranks among the very best of his performances, all the more so because of its relative obscurity.

October 14, 2004

Had the wonderful shimmering look of noir through cinematographer Sol Polito's wonderful black-and-white photography, but its story is flat.

Full Review… | February 27, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 5, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Long Night


It's not a bad noir but misses the mark somehow. Both Fonda and Price make something out of their characters as does the great Ann Dvorak but she is underused.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


If Frank Capra took a stab at film noir and was an absolute dipshit The Long Night is what you'd end up with. Henry Fonda is his usual great self but he had very very little to work with. Vincent Price does a great job at making you hate his character's pretentious ass but Barbara Bel Geddes was just kind of... there. Ann Dvorak was pretty cool and there were a few glimmers of snappy dialogue for whatever that's worth. Anatole Litvak's direction was kind of interesting but at the same time, how do you mess up a movie that's got both Henry Fonda and Vincent Price?

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


I love Price, but I didn't think his performance in this movie was his best. The story was suspenseful at times, but boring at other times, and overall predictable.

Aj V

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