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Nightbeat (1947)

After World War II is over, two Army pals take opposite paths in civilian life. One becomes a petty criminal, the other becomes a policeman.

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Harold Huth

Writers:

Guy Morgan (original screen story), Guy Morgan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Anne Crawford ... Julie Kendall
Maxwell Reed ... Felix Fenton
Ronald Howard ... Andy Kendall
Christine Norden ... Jackie
Hector Ross Hector Ross ... Don Brady
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... PC Kendall
Sidney James ... Nixon
Nicholas Stuart ... Rocky
Frederick Leister ... Magistrate
Michael Medwin ... Rocky
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After World War II is over, two Army pals take opposite paths in civilian life. One becomes a petty criminal, the other becomes a policeman.

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Alexander Korda thought the film was dreadful and would only be given a limited country release with no London showing but another film failed and Korda's company was approached for a replacement.Night Beat' was all that they could offer but at the press show the critics thought it was awful and the only good thing was the uncredited performance of Michael Medwin. See more »

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When You Smile
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Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard on sheet music)
Lyrics by Harold Purcell
Sung by Christine Norden
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Maxwell Reed gives his eyebrows another workout
9 January 2017 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

Another user comment on another Maxwell Reed film told of his eyebrows, gave me my summary title, which had me smiling.He certainly worked them vigorously in this film noir of an early post war racketeer, returning commando servicemen, (Ronald Howard/Hector Ross) and the longstanding girlfriend who has been faithful all during the war (the late tragic Anne Crawford).What made me smile was seeing Sid James playing a nightclub pianist called Nixon.It was films like this which established his acting credentials and which Tony Hancock envied in their early comic TV/radio collaborations.

Nasty Jackie (Christine Norden) who plays the nightclub singer, sticks Ronald Howard's commando knife into Maxwell Reed's chest and kills him out of pique because he didn't love her enough.How will Ronald establish his innocence, perhaps Anne can help?This is an above average 1947 British produced film noir which I awarded 7/10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le mort accuse See more »

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1.37 : 1
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