Somewhere in the Night (1946)



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George Taylor (John Hodiak) is a war veteran suffering from amnesia with only two clues to his past: the bitter letter from a woman who hates him and another mysterious letter signed "Larry Cravat." Taylor goes to Los Angeles to meet Cravat. It turns out that Cravat is wanted for murder and the robbery of $2 million. George becomes involved with a singer, Christy (Nancy Guild) and is chased by mobsters while on a search for the stolen money. There ensue a series of chases, an interesting plot twist and a surprise ending as John learns the true identity of Cravat.Somewhere in the Night is the quintessential "amnesia victim" as protagonist film, somewhat slow, but nevertheless, engrossing and suspenseful. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

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John Hodiak
as George Taylor
Lloyd Nolan
as Lt. Donald Kendall
Richard Conte
as Mel Phillips
Nancy Guild
as Christy Smith
Josephine Hutchinson
as Elizabeth Conroy
Margo Woode
as Phyllis
Lou Nova
as Hubert
Henri DeSoto
as Headwaiter
John Russell
as Marine Captain
Charles Arnt
as Little Man
Al Sparlis
as Cab Driver
Richard Benedict
as Technical Sergeant
John Kellogg
as Medical Attendant
Philip Van Zandt
as Navy Doctor
Whit Bissell
as Bartender
Forbes Murray
as Executive
Jeff Corey
as Bank Teller
Mary Currier
as Miss Jones
Sam Flint
as Bank Guard
Charles Marsh
as Hotel Clerk
Clancy Cooper
as Attendant
Jack Davis
as Dr. Grant
Louis Mason
as Brother Williams
Henri De Soto
as Headwaiter
Harry Tyler
as Baggage Room Attendant
Maynard Holmes
as Police Stenographer
Edward Kelly
as Man at Bar
Al Seymour
as Man at Bar
Elaine Langan
as Hat Check Girl
Milton Kibbee
as Proprietor
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Critic Reviews for Somewhere in the Night

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's nervous nightmare (made in his first year of directing) isn't an all-hallowed member of the noir canon -- it's fairly slick, and Mankiewicz has little or no existentialist cred. But it sings the school's black-hearted lament.

Oct 23, 2007

Out of this familiar premise, Mankiewicz has fashioned a classic film noir.

Jun 24, 2006
Time Out
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As a straight piece of melodramatic staging, this Twentieth Century-Fox film is all right.

Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a decent picture, though the auteur touches (the visual stiffness, the tendency to drag scenes out long after the dramatic point has been made) are largely negative.

Apr 25, 2003 | Full Review…

An engrossing crime thriller.

Oct 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review… engaging noir...

Oct 22, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Somewhere in the Night


Good wronged man noir. Hodiak is solid if somewhat stolid but he possesses the proper gravitas for the lead. The plot is explained a little too much rather than acted out visually but still a good film with an excellent supporting cast.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Nice little bit of Film Noir.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


There's good film noir and bad film noir. This is bad film noir.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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