The Anne Bancroft 90th Birthday Celebration Blogathon – Nightfall (1956)

This review is part of the The Anne Bancroft Blogathon being run by Crystal of In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.

“[Walking into Marie’s apartment] Nice place. I’ll try not to bleed over everything.” – James Vanning

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After being falsely accused of murder and a robbery, an artist tries to create a new life for himself, but the real perpetrators are still on his trail.

My Take on it – Great thriller that works so well the whole way through.

The way that the story unfolds is done in a great way and they manage to use flashbacks really effectively in telling al that transpired up until that point.

Aldo Ray is great in the lead role and helps keep this character’s plights feeling so plausible and engaging.

His chemistry with a very young Anne Bancroft is also great and despite her seeming to be just a token girlfriend here, she still does a nice job with this role.

The story has some great twists and turns along the way that help keep things so thrilling to watch because it constantly keeps raising the stakes.

Te various characters are also nice wild cards in the story since one never really knows who can be trusted which helps make both the viewer and the main character feel even more suspicion of every one that is encountered along the way.

Loved seeing a younger Brian Keith in this film in an integral role.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Quentin Tarantino has said this picture influenced his development of the character “Butch” played by Bruce Willis in his film Pulp Fiction (1994). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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