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Night Was Our Friend (1951)

Martin's plane crashes in the jungle of Brazil and nobody believes he survived. His wife, Sally, has fallen in love with another man while Martin is found and returns. Unable to face his demons, Martin considers ending his life.


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Michael Pertwee (play), Michael Pertwee (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Sellars ... Sally Raynor
Michael Gough ... Martin Raynor
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... John Harper
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Emily Raynor
Edward Lexy ... Arthur Glanville
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Kate
John Salew John Salew ... Mr. Lloyd
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Reporter
Cecil Bevan Cecil Bevan ... Clerk of the Court
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... Foreman of the Jury
Linda Gray Linda Gray ... Spinster
Edie Martin ... Old Lady
Roger Maxwell Roger Maxwell ... Colonel
Michael Pertwee ... Young Man


Martin's plane crashes in the jungle of Brazil. Nobody believes he survived. In the meantime his wife, Sally, has fallen in love with another man, Dr. Harper. Martin is found and returns to Sally. Unable to face his demons, Martin considers ending his life. Or does Sally do it for him? Written by Christian G.E. Siemons <siemons@worldonline.nl>

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Release Date:

December 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La noche fue nuestra amiga See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious any similarity to actual persons living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Not a difficult ACT to follow
30 November 2010 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

In the 1950s the film technicians union,ACT decided that they would go into production,presumably to give work to their members.If this is the best they could do then they shouldn't have bothered.this was more likely to put their members out of work than create work.It is as bad as any of the quota quickies from the thirties.The first seven minutes show the trial after which we are stuck in a very small set of the ground floor of the house which looks like it cost less than a prefab.There is virtually no editing.If there is a conversation between 2 people one is on the left side and the other on the right side of the screen and they just talk through the scene.If there are say 4 in the scene then the actors remain in the background till it is their turn to speak.They walk up to the camera speak their lines and then go back to the background.Michael Gough decides to go in for a lot of eye rolling antics in a good impression of Robert Newton just to make sure we know that he might not just be all there.It really is a tedious bore and how this film has achieved a score of 6.9 is perplexing,particularly when the other 2 reviews take the same view as me.Ah well there is no accounting for taste.This film was recently shown on satellite TV so if you see it in the schedules again,don't be tempted,watch paint dry instead it will be far more entertaining than this film.

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