Nocturne (1946)

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.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Virginia Keiley
as Lotus Evans
Lynn Bari
as Frances Ransom
George Raft
as Lt. Joe Warne
Lilian Bond
as Mrs. Billings
Joseph Pevney
as Fingers
Paul Stader
as Practical Life Guard
William Wright
as Mr. Billings
Will Wright
as Mr. Billings
Myrna Dell
as Susan
William Challee
as Police Photographer
Dorothy Adams
as Woman Tenant
Virginia Huston
as Carol Page
Broderick O'Farrell
as Billings' Butler
Queenie Smith
as Queenie
Pat Flaherty
as Cop with Susan
Matt McHugh
as Coffee Attendant
Gladys Blake
as Ticket Seller
Donald Kerr
as Gaffer
Lillian Bronson
as Cashier at Gotham
Walter Sande
as Halberson
Al Hill
as Cop at Brown Derby
Harry Harvey
as Police Doctor
Antonio Filauri
as Nick Pappas
John Rice
as Doorman
Jack Norton
as Drunk
Lorin Raker
as Police Chemist
Edward Ashley
as Paul Vincent
Carol Forman
as Receptionist
Edward Clark
as Apartment House Clerk
Janet Shaw
as Grace
John Banner
as Shawn
Rudy Robles
as Eujemio
Mabel Paige
as Mrs. Warne
Benny Burt
as Keyboard Club Bartender
James Pierce
as Policeman
George Goodman
as Keyboard Club Manager
Al Rhein
as Keyboard Club Waiter
Mack Gray
as Gratz
Lillian Bond
as Mrs. Billings
Bert Moorhouse
as Director
Dick Rush
as Studio Cop
Virginia Kelly
as Lotus Evans
Tex Swan
as Man
Robert Peyton
as Attendant
Lucille Casey
as Bessie
Monya Andre
as Woman
Ted O'Shea
as Dancer
Betty Hill
as Girl
Doris Stone
as Woman
James Carlisle
as Elderly Man
Norma Brown
as Woman
Phil Baribault
as Darkroom Assistant
Virginia Edwards
as Mrs. O'Rourke
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Critic Reviews for Nocturne

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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
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

My first introduction to George Raft, but I doubt it'll be the last I see of him, because he was wonderful in this noir classic. Well worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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