Night Must Fall (1964)

92m (Germany), 101m (USA)
35mm film, black and white
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

A British horror film directed by Karel Reisz. It was first released in the UK on 14 June 1964.

Plot Summary

Danny is employed by Mrs Bramson, a rich old lady who also employs Danny's girlfriend as a maid. Danny is hired as a handyman to help her maintain her country mansion. But Danny is a psychotic axe murderer who fixes his sights on Mrs Bramson's daughter…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Karel Reisz
Copyright: © MCMLXIV [1964] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios Ltd.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents [opening titles] A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture
Executive Producer: Lawrence P. Bachman
Produced by: Albert Finney, Karel Reisz
Production Manager: Timothy Burrill
Screenplay by: Clive Exton
Adapted from the play by Emelyn Williams
Assistant Director: David Tomblin
Director of Photography: Freddie Francis
Camera Operator: Gerry Fisher
Editing Supervision: Fergus McDonell
Editor: Philip Barnikel
Music Composed and Conducted by: Ron Grainer
Recording Supervisor: A.W. Watkins
Sound Recordist: Cyril Swern
Dubbing Mixer: J.B. Smith
Sound Editor: Malcolm Cooke
Production Designer: Timothy O'Brien
Art Director: Lionel Couch
Runner: Salomon Leiter *
Produced at: MGM British Studios, Borehamwood, England, UK

Albert Finney (Danny)
Mona Washbourne (Mrs Bramson)
Susan Hampshire (Olivia)
Sheila Hancock (Dora)
Michael Medwin (Derek)
Joe Gladwin (Dodge)
Martin Wyldeck (Inspector Willett)
John Gill (Foster)

Alternative Titles

La force des ténebres – French title
La doppia vita di Dan Craig – Italian title
Griff aus dem Dunkel – German title


Remake of
Night Must Fall (1937a)
Night Must Fall (1937b)



  • British National Film Catalogue vol.2 (1964)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.20 p.41, 42
  • Monthly Film Bulletin July 1964 p.103 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Film Daily 19 March 1964 – review
  • Photoplay vol.24 no.7 (July 1973) p.61


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.165
  • English Gothic by Jonathan Rigby pp.88-89
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.316
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.260 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.334 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.319-320