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      Nocturne

      Released Nov 11, 1946 1h 28m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 47% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Detective Joe Warne (George Raft) is investigating the death of a successful composer. While Joe's colleagues believe that the man killed himself, Joe isn't so convinced. After some poking around, Joe discovers that the composer was involved with numerous women (Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston), and many seem to have good reasons to want their former lover dead. Though Joe's superiors command him to stop investigating, he becomes so engrossed in the case that he will stop at nothing to solve it. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A low rent version of the film noir Laura. Rated: B Mar 18, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      JV L Love this little-known noir which was actually a very high grossing film in its time. The opening sequence is striking and really sets the tone. George Raft is a might stiff but well suited his protagonist role as detective Joe Warne. Lynn Bari's tough cookie spars attractively with Raft, and scads of great supporting actors (Myrna Dell, Virginia Huston, Mabel Paige) make the outing fun. Atmospheric lighting, moody musical elements, and yin/yang of hardboiled murder investigation against a backdrop of glamourous 40s nightlife all add to the enjoyability. Joan Harrison produced this one and it shows. The murderer is not easy to spot so the reveal is a surprise. If you see Nocturne offered, watch it. For many years it was hardly ever available for viewing and is worth seeing. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/01/23 Full Review Audience Member George Raft played gangsters well, and I remember my Dad's telling me years ago it was because he had actual underworld connections. He played cops fairly well, too, but a little too cleanly, I think. As a ladies' man, we wasn't convincing, unless he could have been using his dark side to pressure/lure the women into the relationship - certainly not his sexy, good looks. SPOILER ALERT. Anyway, this film moves swiftly, if predictably, through the suspect gallery, not stopping to even talk to most, but the "Aha!" moment comes at the 58:00 mark. From then on, just trust your instinct. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review dave j A composer gets killed while composing a song called "Nocturne" hence the title pointing his demise to a suicide with Lt. Joe Warne (George Raft) assigned to the case saying otherwise. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure. Stars: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston, Myrna Dell This film has plenty of atmosphere... lots of forties imagery. Decent performances from everyone. George Raft was actually a pretty good actor. And Nocturne is an excellent noir/mystery -- atmospheric, thrilling, dramatically engaging, dark, mysterious, exotic, and ultimately satisfying. Very good George Raft noir. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member I thought the opening scene of this one was among the most brilliant I've ever seen, so some let down was probably inevitable, though the the rest of it was enjoyable enough..... I like Raft's mama, especially. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I've always liked this little bit of LA noir, though I was never quite sure what it was about this film that always stuck in my memory. George Raft gives one of his usual stiff performances. The story is a fairly straightforward detective yarn about a murdered womanizing composer. The cops think it was suicide, but detective Raft thinks it may have been one of his many lady friends who killed him. And director Edwin L. Marin does a competent if unspectacular job steering the film. But re-watching this time around, I think I put my finger on what it is that was so memorable, the set design. In particular, the murdered composers home overlooking the ocean is great. The other really memorable one is a photographer's studio, where a another body turns up. The Brown Derby also shows up and there are some cool looking night clubs as well. Oscar winner Robert F. Boyle was the film's production designer and looking at his credits, he worked on some real classics including "North by Northwest," "Cape Fear," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "In Cold Blood" to name a few. "Nocturne" is not a film noir classic like "Out o the Past" or "Touch of Evil" but it is one that's always stuck in my memory. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Detective Joe Warne (George Raft) is investigating the death of a successful composer. While Joe's colleagues believe that the man killed himself, Joe isn't so convinced. After some poking around, Joe discovers that the composer was involved with numerous women (Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston), and many seem to have good reasons to want their former lover dead. Though Joe's superiors command him to stop investigating, he becomes so engrossed in the case that he will stop at nothing to solve it.
      Director
      Edwin L. Marin
      Producer
      Joan Harrison
      Screenwriter
      Jonathan Latimer
      Distributor
      RKO Radio Pictures
      Production Co
      RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 11, 1946, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 28m
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