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Nocturne (1946)






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The moody mystery melodrama Nocturne was produced by longtime Alfred Hitchcock associate Joan Harrison. The film wastes no time getting started, with a caddish Hollywood composer (Edward Ashley) dropping dead right after the opening credits. The police think it's a suicide, but maverick lieutenent Joe Warne (George Raft) suspects foul play. Checking around, Warne discovers that the dead man had broken at least ten female hearts in the past few years, providing a motive for murder for all ten. The principal suspect is Frances Ransom (Lynn Bari), who may or may not have been avenging her sister, nightclub thrush Carol Page (Virginia Huston). Pursuing the case with such dogged diligence that he's eventually tossed off the police force, Warne nonetheless refuses to give up, and by film's end he has collared the murderer. It wouldn't be fair to reveal the killer's identity, except to note that the actor in question went on to quite a different career at Universal Pictures. Like the previous RKO George Raft vehicle Johnny Angel, Nocturne was a box-office bonanza, posting a then-impressive profit of $568,000.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Latimer, Joan Harrison
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 1991
RKO Pictures

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George Raft
as Lt. Joe Warne
Lynn Bari
as Frances Ransom
Virginia Huston
as Carol Page
Edward Ashley
as Paul Vincent
Walter Sande
as Halberson
Mabel Paige
as Mrs. Warne
Mack Gray
as Gratz
Pat Flaherty
as Cop with Susan
Virginia Kelly
as Lotus Evans
Lorin Raker
as Police Chemist
William Challee
as Police Photographer
Lilian Bond
as Mrs. Billings
Carol Forman
as Receptionist
Phil Baribault
as Darkroom Assistant
Rudy Robles
as Eujemio
Ted O'Shea
as Dancer
Harry Harvey
as Police Doctor
Robert Peyton
as Attendant
Will Wright
as Mr. Billings
Broderick O'Farrell
as Billings' Butler
Virginia Edwards
as Mrs. O'Rourke
Virginia Keiley
as Lotus Evans
James Carlisle
as Elderly Man
Paul Stader
as Practical Life Guard
Antonio Filauri
as Nick Pappas
James Pierce
as Policeman
John Rice
as Doorman
Al Hill
as Cop at Brown Derby
Edward Clark
as Apartment House Cler...
Dorothy Adams
as Woman Tenant
Lillian Bronson
as Cashier at Gotham
Gladys Blake
as Ticket Seller
Al Rhein
as Keyboard Club Waiter
Benny Burt
as Keyboard Club Barten...
Matt McHugh
as Coffee Attendant
William Wright
as Mr. Billings
Lillian Bond
as Mrs. Billings
Dick Rush
as Studio Cop
George Goodman
as Keyboard Club Manage...
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Critic Reviews for Nocturne

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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A low rent version of the film noir Laura.

Full Review… | March 18, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Nocturne


A dated whodunit. Black and white film from 1946. At least I didn't figure it out til near the end of the movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Nice atmosphere but the film would have better with a more accomplished leading man the always stiff Raft.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A cop investigates a composer's suicide and finds more than he bargained for.

This nifty example of film noir had a surprisingly contemporary feel to it. I could imagine it being remade almost verbatim for today's audience. The dialogue had a cynical, snappy feel to it. The performances were odd in a good way, in that everyone seemed to be hiding something. A film I'll look forward to seeing again.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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