The Long Night (1947)





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In this film, Vincent Price plays a seedy magician who exerts a Svengali-like influence over Barbara Bel Geddes. After Henry Fonda, Geddes' boyfriend, is goaded 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.
NR (not Rated)
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Henry Fonda
as Joe Adams
Vincent Price
as Maximilian
Ann Dvorak
as Charlene
Howard Freeman
as Sheriff
Moroni Olsen
as Chief of Police
Queenie Smith
as Janitor's Wife
Charles McGraw
as Policeman
Patty King
as Peggy
Davis Roberts
as Freddie
Will Wright
as Janitor
Ray Teal
as Hudson
Pat Flaherty
as Sergeant
Mary Gordon
as Old Lady
Murray Alper
as Bartender
Byron Foulger
as Man With Bike
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Critic Reviews for The Long Night

All Critics (3)

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
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July 5, 2005

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
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
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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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