Nocturne (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Produced by Joan Harrison
Screenplay by Jonathan Latimer
Story by
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography Harry J. Wild
Edited by Elmo Williams
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date
  • October 29, 1946 (1946-10-29) (United States)[1]
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Nocturne is a 1946 black-and-white film noir starring George Raft and Lynn Bari. The film was produced by longtime Alfred Hitchcock associate Joan Harrison, scripted by Jonathan Latimer, and directed by Edwin L. Marin.[2]


A Hollywood film composer is found dead. The police think it is suicide but a cop, Joe Warne (Raft), suspects murder. Warne begins looking for "Dolores," a name in a song by the dead man. While investigating, Warne finds out the dead man has had a list of models as girlfriends and that ten of them have a motive for the suspected murder.

His ruthless questioning tactics lead to several suspects reporting him for abuse. Pursuing the case with dogged determination, the obsessed Warne is eventually suspended from the police force while on the case. As he digs deeper into the case, the clues draw him closer to Frances Ransom (Bari), who may be involved in the killing.



George Raft and Edward Marin had just made Johnny Angel together from RKO which proved popular. Raft's involvement in Nocturne was announced in September 1945.[3] (In between Johnny Angel and Nocturne, Raft and Martin made Mr. Ace for Benedict Bogeaus.) Joan Harrison was signed by RKO to produce the film.[4]

Jane Greer was up for the female lead but George Raft went for the better known Lynn Bari.[5] Bari was borrowed from 20th Century Fox. Filming started in May 1946.[6]


The film was popular on release and recorded a profit of $568,000.[7]


When the film was released, the staff at Variety magazine wrote, "Nocturne is a detective thriller with action and suspense plentiful and hard-bitten mood of story sustained by Edwin L. Marin's direction."[8]


  1. ^ "Nocturne: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Nocturne at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ FOX TO BASE FILM ON OSS ACTIVITIES: 'Diplomatic Courier' Will Deal With Its Counter-Espionage-- 'Mildred Pierce' at Strand Of LocaL Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 28 Sep 1945: 16.
  4. ^ NEWS OF THE SCREEN: Joan Harrison Signed by RKO to Produce 'Nocturne, Starring George Raft--U.S. to See 'Marie-Louise' Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 16 Oct 1945: 31.
  5. ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 124.
  6. ^ LYNN BARI NAMED FOR RKO FILM LEAD: Will Star Opposite George Raft in 'Nocturne,' Mystery Story --'Open City' Held Over Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 30 Apr 1946: 17.
  7. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p216.
  8. ^ Variety. Sattf film review, 1946. Accessed: August 6, 2013.

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