All Night Long (1962 film)
|All Night Long|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Music by||Philip Green|
|Edited by||John D. Guthridge|
J. Arthur Rank (UK)|
Colorama Features (US)
6 February 1962 (UK)|
17 April 1963
All Night Long is a 1962 British drama film directed by Basil Dearden, and starring Patrick McGoohan, Marti Stevens, Paul Harris, Keith Michell, Richard Attenborough and Betsy Blair. The story, written by Nel King and Paul Jarrico, writing under the name Peter Achilles, is an updated version of Shakespeare's Othello, set in the London jazz scene of the 1960s. The black-and-white film features performances by several prominent British and American jazz musicians.
The musician Aurelius Rex and his wife Delia, a retired singer, are the recipients of an anniversary party in London thrown by a wealthy music promoter, Rod Hamilton.
An ambitious drummer, Johnnie Cousin, wants to start his own band. He promises to persuade Delia to come out of retirement and resume performing, having been told that this is the only way his band will be backed.
Told in no uncertain terms that Delia has no intention of resuming her career, Johnnie begins a series of machinations at the party designed to make Rex believe that Delia has been having an affair with Cass, the band's manager. He even alters a tape recording to distort the meaning of Delia's private conversation.
Johnnie's back-stabbing costs Cass his job. Delia's performance of a song, rehearsed solely for the party, furthers Rex's suspicions that she is unhappy at home. Rex assaults Delia and makes public accusations about her fidelity. In the ensuing conversations, everyone, including Johnnie's neglected wife Emily, eventually realizes that Johnnie has fabricated the entire story. It is implied that Delia and Rex resume their relationship.
- Patrick McGoohan as Johnnie Cousin
- Marti Stevens as Delia Lane
- Paul Harris as Aurelius Rex
- Keith Michell as Cass
- Richard Attenborough as Rod Hamilton
- Betsy Blair as Emily
- Bernard Braden as Berger
- Harry Towb as Phales
- María Velasco as Benny
- Carol White as Lucille (uncredited)
- Dave Brubeck as himself
- Keith Christie as himself
- Bert Courtley as himself
- John Dankworth as himself
- Ray Dempsey as himself
- Allan Ganley as himself
- Tubby Hayes as himself
- Geoffrey Holder as himself (uncredited)
- Charles Mingus as himself
- Barry Morgan as himself
- Kenny Napper as himself
- Colin Purbrook as himself
- John Scott as himself
- Philip Green
- Tubby Hayes (additional music "The Chase")
- Kenny Napper (additional music "Sax Reference")
- John Scott (additional music "Scott-Free")
- Dave Brubeck (additional music, a new recording of "It's a Raggy Waltz")
- Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus (improvised composition "Non-Sectarian Blues" [as it's titled on Columbia Records releases])
- "All Night Long". The Criterion Collection.