The Long Night (1947)


Henry Fonda barricades himself inside his motel room after murdering a fiendish magician played by Vincent Price. While the police and a impassioned Barbara Bel Geddes try to coax him out, the movie cuts back and forth to events leading up to the siege. The Long Night¬†features some fancy outdoor sets and occassionally gorgeous cinematography, as well as some enjoyable performances from Fonda and Price — the iconic kind for which they would become best known. Dimitri Tiomkin incorporates Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony for a wonderfully moody score. It almost adds up to a nice, twisted little noir movie. But the whole affair is covered in clunky, useless narration and inner monologues, and the ending is a tad overwrought.

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