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A Voice in the Night (1946)

Wanted for Murder (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 November 1946 (USA)
The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

Writers:

Percy Robinson (stage play), Terence de Marney (stage play) (as Terence De Marney) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Victor James Colebrooke, alias Tom Maren
Dulcie Gray ... Anne Fielding
Derek Farr ... Jack Williams
Roland Culver ... Chief Insp. Conway
Stanley Holloway ... Sgt. Sullivan
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Colebrooke
Bonar Colleano ... Cpl. Nick Mappolo
Jenny Laird ... Jeannie McLaren
Kathleen Harrison ... Florrie
Bill Shine ... Det. Ellis
Viola Lyel Viola Lyel ... Mabel Cooper
John Salew John Salew ... Det. Walters
John Ruddock John Ruddock ... Glover
Edna Wood Edna Wood ... Miss Kemp
George Carney ... Boat Rental Agent
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The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a woman but can he suppress his urge to kill her ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voice in the Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

After a handkerchief is discovered near a murder victim, an inspector from Scotland Yard tries to track down the owner via the laundry mark on it. The next scene shows a commercial laundryman carrying a wicker laundry basket into a home. Outside the home, the laundry basket bears the number "T 31". Upon entering the home the laundry basket bears the number "T 14". See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Sullivan: There's one other thing sir. Course, you can take this for what it's worth.
Chief Insp. Conway: Yes?
Sgt. Sullivan: My wife says she's certain there's going to be another murder tonight.
Chief Insp. Conway: Your wife isn't the strangler by any chance, is she?
Sgt. Sullivan: Not that I know of sir. Only she's just got a feeling that's all. She's septic. Er - psychic...
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Soundtracks

A Voice in the Night
Lyric of Song by Mischa Spoliansky
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Sung by Elizabeth Webb
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Murderer loose in postwar London in the 40's
30 October 2002 | by Steve-318See all my reviews

Erudite British effort where the strangler comes off as quite civilized. He's quite the gentleman, really, just has this problem with his hands.

Really enjoyed Stanley Holloway as the #2-cop on the case. Stanley doesn't break into song but he does provide some comedic relief--subtle stuff, no slapstick.

You can't help but be fascinated by the many views of London that are pictured (immediately after the war). The buses, street scenes, and various landmarks shown on film tell a story of their own. How times have changed--the record shop scene is a far cry from the rocking London that would follow 20 years later.

This is well-written (Emeric Pressburger had a hand in that) story with characters that are decidely human, albeit in the English stiff-upper-lip school.


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