So Dark the Night (1946)

71 mins | Mystery | 10 October 1946

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Producer:

Ted Richmond

Cinematographer:

Burnett Guffey

Editor:

Jerome Thoms

Production Designer:

Carl Anderson

Production Company:

Darmour, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a Dec 1945 HR news item, some filming took place at the Columbia Ranch in Burbank, CA. For additional information on "The Whistler" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Whistler ... More Less

According to a Dec 1945 HR news item, some filming took place at the Columbia Ranch in Burbank, CA. For additional information on "The Whistler" series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Whistler . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Nov 1946.
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Daily Variety
30 Oct 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
12 Sep 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 45
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 45
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Oct 46
p. 3, 9
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Feb 46
p. 2850.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Sep 46
p. 3211.
New York Times
7 Dec 46
p. 16.
Variety
18 Sep 46
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
Research dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the radio series The Whistler created by J. Donald Wilson (16 May 1942--8 Sep 1955).
MUSIC
"The Whistler" theme music by Wilbur Hatch.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
10 October 1946
Production Date:
8 December--20 December 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 October 1946
Copyright Number:
LP661
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11451
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Parisian Detective Henri Cassin, suffering from overwork, takes the advice of his doctor and goes to the village of St. Margot for a restorative vacation. The inn at which he stays is run by Pierre Michaud and his wife Mama. Although Pierre's daughter Nanette is engaged to be married to farmer Leon Archard, her gold-digging mother urges her to marry the wealthy Henri instead. Nanette takes her mother's advice to heart and begins to woo him with her charms. The scheme works, and Henri soon falls in love with Nanette. In a short time, they become engaged, and at their engagement party, Henri vows never to let another man romance her. Although Nanette's mother is eager to see her daughter marry Henri, Pierre and the inn housekeeper, Widow Bridelle, are opposed to the marriage. When it is discovered that Nanette and Leon have disappeared, Henri wastes no time starting an investigation. Days after Nanette's disappearance, her body is found, and Henri determines that she had been strangled. Having found no clues at the place where Nanette's body was found, Henri's investigation eventually stalls. The case remains shrouded in mystery until Leon's body is found. Beside Leon's body, Henri finds a footprint, of which he makes a plaster cast. The footprint, however, does not match the shoe of any person in the village. Soon after Mama receives a warning that she will be the next to die, she is found strangled. While Pierre, fearing for his safety, decides to sell the inn, Henri returns to Paris and comes up with a sketch of the killer based on information provided by the ... +


Parisian Detective Henri Cassin, suffering from overwork, takes the advice of his doctor and goes to the village of St. Margot for a restorative vacation. The inn at which he stays is run by Pierre Michaud and his wife Mama. Although Pierre's daughter Nanette is engaged to be married to farmer Leon Archard, her gold-digging mother urges her to marry the wealthy Henri instead. Nanette takes her mother's advice to heart and begins to woo him with her charms. The scheme works, and Henri soon falls in love with Nanette. In a short time, they become engaged, and at their engagement party, Henri vows never to let another man romance her. Although Nanette's mother is eager to see her daughter marry Henri, Pierre and the inn housekeeper, Widow Bridelle, are opposed to the marriage. When it is discovered that Nanette and Leon have disappeared, Henri wastes no time starting an investigation. Days after Nanette's disappearance, her body is found, and Henri determines that she had been strangled. Having found no clues at the place where Nanette's body was found, Henri's investigation eventually stalls. The case remains shrouded in mystery until Leon's body is found. Beside Leon's body, Henri finds a footprint, of which he makes a plaster cast. The footprint, however, does not match the shoe of any person in the village. Soon after Mama receives a warning that she will be the next to die, she is found strangled. While Pierre, fearing for his safety, decides to sell the inn, Henri returns to Paris and comes up with a sketch of the killer based on information provided by the footprint. To Henri's astonishment, the sketch bears the exact likeness of himself, and when he fits his shoe into the footprint, he realizes that he is undoubtedly the killer. After making a full confession to the police commissioner, Henri is evaluated by a psychiatrist, who determines that he is schizophrenic. Though placed under watch of a guard, Henri escapes back to St. Margot, where he tries to strangle Pierre. However, the police commissioner, who has followed Henri to the village, catches the detective in the act and shoots him. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
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