Somewhere in the Night (1946). Mankiewicz Noir Thriller, Starring John Hodiak as Amnesiac

Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed Somewhere in the Night a noir psychological thriller, with political overtones, starring John Hodiak and Nancy Guild.

Somewhere in the Night
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Theatrical release poster

The film’s hero is George Taylor (John Hodiak), who returns home to the U.S. from fighting in World War II. He is suffering from amnesia, having been badly injured by a grenade.

In the course of the story, he tries to find his old identity, following a trail left behind by the mysterious Mr. Larry Cravat, and in the process, he stumblesĀ  into a murder mystery involving Nazi loot.

John Hodiak as George W. Taylor
Nancy Guild as Christy Smith
Lloyd Nolan as Police Lt. Donald Kendall
Richard Conte as Mel Phillips
Josephine Hutchinson as Elizabeth Conroy
Fritz Kortner as Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle
Margo Woode as Phyllis
Sheldon Leonard as Sam
Lou Nova as Hubert


Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced by Anderson Lawler
Screenplay by Howard Dimsdale, Mankiewicz, based on story by Marvin Borowsky
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Norbert Brodine
Edited by James B. Clark
Color process Black and white
Production and distribution: 20th Century Fox
Release date: June 12, 1946
Running time 110 minutes