Somewhere in the Night is a 1946 American film noir psychological thriller. A few months ago this film was being aired on Turner Classic Movies channel and it's synopsis reminded me of the first film in the Jason Bourne series - the 2002 film The Bourne Identity. Hence I ended up watching this movie and thus my review.
The plot follows the story of George W. Taylor (portrayed by John Hodiak) who returns home injured after fighting in World War II. In the process he loses his memory and doesn’t even remember who he was. All signs lead to him being a George Taylor but he doesn't seem to think he was one. Thus begins his quest for finding about himself, about George Taylor, about what happened to him and about his past. The only clues he gets are the ones left by a mysterious Mr. Larry Cravat. Who is this Larry Cravat? What does George find about himself? Is he indeed George?
Well-made murder mystery and thriller combo that has some nail biting scenes as well as funny bone ones. This is the second film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz who went on to win two academy awards each (for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay) later for two of his films - 1949 A Letter to Three Wives and 1950 All About Eve. One can see the beginnings of becoming a famous director in this film. Not a single frame was boring or confusing or unnecessary for the plot.
Another chilling and entertaining thriller to keep you glued to your seat.
1) A radio version of the film was broadcast on Lux Radio Theater on March 3rd, 1947. It starred John Hodiak reprises his role and Lynn Bari joins him in the lead roles.