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Hangover Square

1945 1h 17m Crime Drama List
Reviews 72% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
When composer George Harvey Bone (Laird Cregar) wakes with no memory of the previous night and a bloody knife in his pocket, he worries that he has committed a crime. On the advice of Dr. Middleton (George Sanders), Bone agrees to relax, going to a music performance of singer Netta Longdon (Linda Darnell). Riveted by Netta, Bone agrees to write songs for her rather than his own concerto. However, Bone soon grows jealous of Netta and worries about controlling himself during his spells. Read More Read Less

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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Laird Cregar, so memorable as a dapper Satan in Heaven Can Wait and as Jack the Ripper in The Lodger, delivers another mesmerizing performance in Hangover Square. Rated: 3/4 Sep 18, 2021 Full Review Austin Trunick Under the Radar Hangover Square is a short (77 minutes) but effective little noir film, not on the same level as The Lodger but with a few tense, memorable setpieces, a solid score. Nov 10, 2017 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion A fable about monstrous artistry, dark and quivering Feb 12, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Cregar gave a staggering nightmarish performance. Rated: B Sep 3, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Aldo G This noir-ish film about a psychopathic music composer hits all the right notes. Bernard Hermann's score, Laird Cregar in the lead role, Linda Darnell as the femme fatale and cinematographer Joseph LaShelle all work in concert to produce a 77-minute masterpiece. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review andrey k This little film noir mystery is reinforced by the impressive performance of Laird Cregar, who plays a character of a young promising pianist but ill-fated lover, whom torments a deadly calamity. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Gothic thriller (with overtones of noir) that doesn't harbor any real surprises but holds its own as a moody turn-of-the-century London tale. Laird Cregar stars as a composer who is experiencing blackouts from overwork that may also be leading him to murder those who get in his way. Bernard Herrmann wrote the concerto (and the popular songs) that Cregar supposedly wrote and their ominous chords contribute greatly to the film's dark atmosphere. Linda Darnell co-stars as the singer taking advantage of Cregar for her own ends and who leads him away from using his gifts for high (rather than low) art. George Sanders is also on hand as a crime doctor who suspects the truth. Pivotal scenes involve fire (a Guy Fawkes night bonfire and the final fatal last concerto performance), shot dramatically in high contrast. Solid fare for fans of 1940s cinema. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member What starts as a mediocre B-movie gradually transforms into an over the top psychological drama. So nice to have classical music portrayed as "normal music" for a change, but don't worry; there's plenty of immoral music hall stuff too. Credible portrayals by Cregar, Sanders, & Darnell. Watch for an impeccable performance by Alan Napier too - I didn't recognize him as a dashing middle-aged father-of-the-fiance. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Any glaring issues with the film ('not even bothering with the accent' trope) are made up for by Cregar's awesome performance and the must-see final scene. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A very good film worth adding to your collection. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When composer George Harvey Bone (Laird Cregar) wakes with no memory of the previous night and a bloody knife in his pocket, he worries that he has committed a crime. On the advice of Dr. Middleton (George Sanders), Bone agrees to relax, going to a music performance of singer Netta Longdon (Linda Darnell). Riveted by Netta, Bone agrees to write songs for her rather than his own concerto. However, Bone soon grows jealous of Netta and worries about controlling himself during his spells.
Director
John Brahm
Producer
Robert Bassler
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 2, 2016
Runtime
1h 17m