Night Must Fall (1964 film)

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Night Must Fall
Night Must Fall FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Karel Reisz
Produced by Albert Finney
Karel Reisz
Written by Emlyn Williams (play)
Clive Exton
Starring Albert Finney
Mona Washbourne
Music by Ron Grainer
Cinematography Freddie Francis
Edited by Phillip Barnikel
Fergus McDonell
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s)
  • 18 March 1964 (1964-03-18)
Running time 101 minutes (US)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Night Must Fall is a remake of the 1937 film of the same name, which was in turn based on the 1935 play by Emlyn Williams. It was directed by Karel Reisz from a script by Clive Exton and starred Albert Finney, Mona Washbourne, and Susan Hampshire, but was not as successful as the original film. The film was entered into the 14th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


Danny is a Welsh hotel bellboy who commits an axe murder near the home of Mrs. Bramson, a well-to-do widow. Danny disposes of the body in a nearby lake and charms Mrs. Bramson and her maid Dora into allowing him to stay with them. At Mrs. Bramson's home, Danny plays psychological games with Mrs. Bramson while seducing her daughter Olivia. Meanwhile, alone in his room, Danny engages in strange rituals with the severed heads of his victims, which he keeps in a black hatbox. But the police have uncovered the axe and the headless corpse from the lake, and the authorities begin closing in on Danny, whose psychopathic tendencies are beginning to manifest themselves at Mrs. Bramson's home.[2]



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