“The night hid their love… but it couldn’t hide their secret!”
High on the cliffs of the Florida coast, an ominous mansion sets the stage for this psychological noir about two troubled souls in love. John (Reagan) is chemist who secretly suffers from a form of epilepsy that may be terminal. He leases the mansion from lovely Anne (Viveca Lindfors), who lived there with her husband until his tragic demise. Death is ever-present in both their lives, haunting Anne and looming in John’s future. The two find solace in each other; but can Anne’s heart survive another tragedy?
Night Unto Night by Don Siegel (USA, 1949, 84 min.).
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This stormy film was produced amid the real-life turmoil of a studio strike, instigated by the Conference of Studio Unions over a contract disagreement. On the fourth day of production, the strike exploded into an apocalyptic scene with burning cars and widespread injuries. Reagan, who was President of the Screen Actors Guild at the time, was instrumental in resolving the strike; though many say he did so by slandering and vilifying the CSU. Later, in 1960, Reagan would lead a SAG strike that resulted in today’s common practice of awarding actors “residuals” for each time a film is shown on TV or sold for at-home viewing.