Night Comes Too Soon (1947)

UK, 1947
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Denis Kavanagh.

Plot Summary

A young couple can’t believe their luck when they pick up an old manor house at a knock down price. Almost immediately, they are beset by strange, paranormal happenings including the subjects of an old painting who seem to keep moving about in the frame while the locals mutter menacingly about the Hall’s dark history. The desperate couple call in Dr George Clinton to exorcise the place.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Denis Kavanagh
© [not given on screen]
A British-Animated, Federated production. Harold Baim presents
Produced by: Harold Baim
Associate Producer: A. Jarratt
Script: Pat Dixon *
Original Play: The Haunters and the Haunted by Edward Bulwer-Lytton *
Assistant Directors: Brian Humphries, Roy Meredith
Continuity: Betty Worledge
In Charge of Cameras, Lighting and Special Effects: Ray Densham
Camera Assistant: Harry Maynard, P. Pierrepoint, D. Macdougall
Editor: Dorothy Elliot
Music: R. Denton *
Recordists: B. Brightwell, R. Littlejohn, G. Webster
RCA Sound System
Make-up: Harry Duchamps
Art Direction: Gemma Ward

Valentine Dyall in a ghost story
Anne Howard
Alec Faversham
Howard Douglas
Beatrice Marsden
Arthur Brander
Anthony Baird
Frank Dunlop
David Keir
Monti Delyle, Nina Erber, John Desmond (“The Unknown”)

Alternative Titles

The Ghost of Rashmon Hall



  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2124 (15 January 1948) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.15 no.170 (February 1948) pp.16-17 (UK) – credits, synopsis, review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.70 no.5595 (13 January 1948) – review


  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.234 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.39-40, 300, 376
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.333 – credits