Best Movies by Farr

Night Must Fall

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What's it About

Olivia (Russell) lives with Mrs. Bramson (Whitty), her invalid aunt, in a remote country cottage. When a local woman goes missing, it causes much village gossip. At the same time, Mrs. Bramson hires a new handyman named Danny (Montgomery), who wins her over with his easy manner and good humor. Olivia suspects Danny is not all he pretends to be, and her suspicions grow as the headless body of the missing woman is found near their house. But the sheltered Olivia is also inexplicably drawn to the mysterious, seemingly affable newcomer. Could he be the guilty party?

Why we love it

Adapted from a British play by Welsh born Emlyn Williams (who played the part of Danny on the London Stage), this chilling thriller succeeds on the strength of Montgomery’s masterful performance as the duplicitous stranger. His clean cut good looks and winning smile provide the perfect cover for deceitful intentions. He received an Oscar nomination, as did Whitty for her portrayal of the imposing grande dame who isn’t as frail as she looks. The suspenseful screenplay is by John Van Druten who wrote “Gaslight” in 1944. A remake in 1964 with Albert Finney upped the gore…but this unnerving psychological mystery remains first and best!

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"