The Long Night (1947) starring Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price, Ann Dvorak
Editorial review of Long Night courtesy of Amazon.com
In staging this remake of Marcel Carne’s Le Jour se leve (France, 1939), the producers of The Long Night imported not only the story but the look of poetic realism that made the original so haunting. Production designer Eugene Lourie and cinematographer Sol Polito created a shadowy wonderland, recreating broad exteriors in the controlled environment of the studio, replete with enormous sets, miniature factories and some ingenious cases of visual sleight-of-hand. At once dismal and magical, the world of The Long Night is unlike anything Hollywood had yet imagined, and laid the groundwork for the dark and gritty (but highly stylized) imagery that became the hallmark of film noir.
Trivia for The Long Night
- In the scene where Maximillian (Vincent Price) joins Jo Ann on the bus, a poster advertising “Dr.Pearce’s Baking Powder” – the first commercial cream of tartar baking powder – can be seen behind them. This was created by Vincent Price’s grandfather, and made his fortune
- Film debut of Barbara Bel Geddes.