Hangover Square (1945)

USA, 1945
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by John Brahm.

Plot Summary

Composer George Harvey Bone suffers a bizarre mental condition – when he hears loud, discordant sounds, he becomes a brutal killer. His musical talents are exploited by gold-digging singer Netta with disastrous and tragic consequences…


* = uncredited

Directed by: John Brahm
Copyright MCMXLV by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents. Released through Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Robert Bassler
Screen Play by: Barré Lyndon
Based on the Novel by: Patrick Hamilton
Assistant Director: F.E. Johnston *
Director of Photography: Joseph La Shelle
Film Editor: Harry Reynolds
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Sound: Bernard Freericks, Harry M. Leonard
Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Rene Hubert, Kay Nelson
Makeup Artist: Ben Nye
Special Photographic Effects: Fred Sersen
Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Maurice Ransford
Set Decorations: Thomas Little
Associate: Frank E. Hughes

Laird Cregar (George Harvey Bone)
Linda Darnell (Netta Longdon)
George Sanders (Dr Allan Middleton)
Glenn Langan (Eddie Carstairs)
Faye Marlowe (Barbara Chapman)
Alan Napier (Sir Henry Chapman)
James Conaty [man at concert] *

Alternative Titles

Concierto macabro – Spain
Mörkrets ängel – Sweden
Nelle tenebre della metropoli – Italy
Pimeyden tullen – Finland
Scotland Yards seltsamster Fall – Austria



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.40
  • Journal of British Cinema and Television vol.2 no.1 (2005) pp.163-164 – review of Guy Barefoot's book Gaslight Melodrama: From Victorian to 1940s Hollywood by Lynette Tan)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1977 (8 March 1945)
  • New York Motion Picture Critics Reviews vol.2 no.4 (12 February 1945) p.470, 471 – compilation of review
  • Sight and Sound vol.18 no.1 (January 2008) p.97 – illustrated DVD review (Reviews: Fox Horror Classics by Tom Charity)
  • Spectator vol.17 no.2 (Spring/Summer 1997) pp.8-21 – illustrated article (Pandemonium regained: Synchronization, dissonance, and the Devil by James Tobias)
  • Today's Cinema vol.64 no.5156 (2 March 1945)


  • Bernard Herrmann, Hollywood's Music-dramatist by Edward Johnson p.34
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.34, 62
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.106, 344
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.191
  • A Heart at Fire's Centre: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann by Steven C. Smith pp.97, 117-118, 334
  • Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Films from the Genre's Golden Age by Gregory William Mank pp.324-350
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.163
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.xviii, 9-12, 28, 32-36, 40-42, 63n3, 150, 198n3
  • by Walt Lee p.182 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.194