Nocturne (1946)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Film Noir, Police Detective Film  |   Release Date - Oct 29, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Adam Bregman

This quick-paced, fun and at times clichéd noir has a couple of standout performances from George Raft as Lt. Joe Warne, a detective who breaks every rule and also lives with his mom, and Lynn Bari as Frances Ransom, a mink-wearing femme fatale with a quick tongue. The two have real chemistry and their performances carry the film where the plot fails. Warne is obsessed with a suicide case that he's positive is murder. He loses his job and punches out another cop while relentlessly pursuing the case. It's never explained why he's so obsessive, but it's a page torn from too many cop dramas and in this case it's a bit over-the-top, but also played for laughs. Bari is great as the gold digging manipulator that almost sways him from his murder case. The rest of the cast is lively and in the end the whole impossibly silly plot is sort of explained.