5 – Hangover Square ( John Brahm, US, 1945)

In early 20th century London, a stressed out composer, the subject of terrible black outs, meets a minor cabaret singer who takes advantage of him, while a series of mysterious murders occur.

Sometimes It’s about climax and John Brahm does it well all along and even more during the final showcase which involves a chilling concerto by the musician turn killer (Laird Cregar in his last role before passing away at only 30). The whole setup plays on ‘incidental’ music owing much to Bernard Herrmann (of Hitchcock fame) writing skills. Exquisitely shot in glorious Black & White by Noir veteran Joseph La Shelle. This is pure Candy.

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