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. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Jonathan Latimer, Joan Harrison
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On DVD: Oct 16, 1991



as Lt. Joe Warne

as Frances Ransom

as Fingers

as Carol Page

as Susan

as Paul Vincent

as Halberson

as Mrs. Warne

as Gratz

as Cop with Susan

as Lotus Evans

as Police Chemist

as Police Photographer

as Mrs. Billings

as Receptionist

as Darkroom Assistant

as Shawn

as Eujemio

as Grace

as Dancer

as Police Doctor

as Attendant

as Mr. Billings

as Billings' Butler

as Mrs. O'Rourke

as Lotus Evans

as Elderly Man

as Practical Life Guard

as Nick Pappas

as Policeman

as Drunk

as Doorman

as Cop at Brown Derby

as Apartment House Cler...

as Woman Tenant

as Cashier at Gotham

as Ticket Seller

as Keyboard Club Waiter

as Keyboard Club Barten...

as Coffee Attendant

as Mr. Billings

as Gaffer

as Mrs. Billings

as Studio Cop

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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