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So Dark the Night (1946)




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Henri Cassin, a distinguished Parisian detective takes his first vacation in eleven years and journeys to the seemingly idyllic Michaud family inn in St. Margot. There he finds himself drawn to lovely young Nanette Michaud. Though Nanette is already engaged to local farmer Leon Archard, her mother wants her to marry Henri the detective in hopes of improving Nanette's social status. Soon a May-December romance blooms and Madame Michaud's fondest dreams come true. Unfortunately, her husband is against the match. Leon vows he will never stop pursuing Nanette and storms off. Later she vanishes and Henri finds her strangled corpse floating in a local river. He is deeply distraught and vows to bring the criminal to justice. Leon is the prime suspect, but then he too is found dead. The only clue Henri has is a muddy footprint and later a note announcing another murder. Madame Michaud is the next to die. After that, Henri returns to Paris to talk with his superior. Together they devise a physical description based on the footprint and take it to police artist. As a drawing takes shape a terrible notion dawns on Henri, one that is soon corroborated. So Dark the Night was the second film noir of Joseph H. Lewis. It is one of the few that is set in Europe and utilized special lighting and camera techniques designed to give viewers a detective-eye view of the crime and its ultimately grim solution.


Steven Geray
as Henri Cassin
Micheline Cheirel
as Nanette Michaud
Eugene Borden
as Pierre Michaud
Ann Codee
as Mama Michaud
Egon Brecher
as Dr. Boncourt
Helen Freeman
as Widow Bridelle
Gregory Gaye
as Commissionaire Grande
Jean Del Val
as Dr. Manet
Paul Marion
as Leon Achard
Emil Rameau
as Pere Cortot
Louis Mercier
as Jean Duval
Billy Snyder
as Chauffeur
Frank Arnold
as Antoine
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Newspaper Woman
Marcelle Corday
as Proprietor
Alphonse Martell
as Bank President
Andre Marsaudon
as Postmaster
Francine Bordeaux
as Flower Girl
Esther Zeitlin
as Peasant Woman
Cynthia Gaylord
as Bootblack
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Critic Reviews for So Dark the Night

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Transformation, whether of theme or person, lies at the heart of Joseph H. Lewis's cinematic identity.

February 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The atmosphere of So Dark the Night is impressive, particularly for Oscar-winning DP Burnett Guffey's cinematography, utilizing pronounced angles to reflect a disoriented mind falling apart in the French countryside.

August 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

So Dark the Night is a brisk noir gem that meticulously builds suspense over the course of its short runtime.

April 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Hitchcockian perfect-crime thriller... elevated attention to characters moving within space, his blocking as psychologically indicative as the vital performances he elicits.

March 1, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Strange, nightmarish and original crime film, with visually creative direction.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

A rarely shown obscure film.

August 22, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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