Night Was Our Friend (1951)

  |  Drama, Thriller

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Martin's plane crashes in the jungle of Brazil and nobody believes he survived. His wife, Sally, has fallen in love with another man while Martin is found and returns. Unable to face his demons, Martin considers ending his life.


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9 August 2017 | Prismark10
| Flashbacks to a death
The director of this quickie B movie is Michael Anderson who went on to become a Best Director Oscar nominee. The script is based on a stage play by Michael Pertwee.

Sally Raynor is acquitted of the murder of her husband by a jury. After a frosty conversation with her mother in law, we see Sally talking to Doctor Harper who it seems she has been close to.

We then go to a flashback where Sally is planning to marry Doctor Harper when news arrives that her missing husband thought to be dead in South America is in fact alive and returning home.

The trouble is Martin Raynor is behaving erratically and it also is clear that Sally does not love him.

The film is really a plodding and uninteresting melodrama. The normally reliable Michael Gough gives an unhinged performance, he is obviously mad.

More interesting is to see Ronald Howard in a lead role, he instantly reminded me of his father, Leslie Howard.

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