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Film, Video The lonely night

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  • The lonely night


  • A dramatized story of Caroline Cram, a jilted and desperate woman who seeks the aid of psychiatry, following a near, and seemingly accidental suicide. We witness the process of psychotherapy peeling off her layers of suppression and guilt and relaxing the grip of fear. In unraveling her feelings, Caroline learns to recognize the relationship between her past experiences and her present problems of young womanhood, and how to face the problems which precipitated her crisis. The Dunn family, normal and happy, is shown in contrast to the unhappy, lonely childhood that Caroline had.


  • Jacoby, Irving, film director, film producer, screenwriter
  • Van Dyke, Willard, film producer
  • Silvera, Frank, 1914-1970, narrator
  • Seldes, Marian, actor
  • Dufour, Val, actor
  • Leacock, Richard, cinematographer
  • Meyers, Sidney, 1906-1969, film editor
  • Boyajian, Aram (Filmmaker), film editor
  • Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.), contributor
  • Affiliated Film Producers, production company
  • International Film Bureau, film distributor

Created / Published

  • United States : International Film Bureau, Inc., 1954.


  • -  Psychiatry
  • -  Depression, Mental
  • -  Interpersonal relations
  • -  Child rearing--Psychological aspects


  • Educational films
  • Sponsored films
  • Feature films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Narrator: Frank Silvera.
  • -  Marian Seldes, Val Dufour, Charles W. Moffett, Leonard Shortall, Betty Shortall, Stephen Shortall, Katherine Shortall, Thomas Shortall, Charles Gambino, Lillian Gambino, Gloria Gambino.
  • -  Photography, Richard Leacock ; editors, Sidney Meyers and Aram Boyajian ; production manager, Kevin Smith.
  • -  Some sources cite Mayer-Kingsley as the distributor of a 68 minute version, unable to positively determine the relationship to this film.
  • -  Summary adapted from Mental health motion pictures.
  • -  Sponsored by the State Mental Health Authorities of: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island.
  • -  Sources used: Mental health motion pictures: a selective guide, 1960, p. 49-50, viewed online November 20, 2023 via Media History Digital Library; National Union Catalog, Motion pictures and filmstrips, 1953-1957, p. 403.


  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 62 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • American Archives of the Factual Film Collection (Library of Congress)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600648

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Jacoby, Irving, Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Willard Van Dyke, Frank Silvera, Marian Seldes, Val Dufour, Richard Leacock, Sidney Meyers, Aram Boyajian, Contributor Mental Health Film Board, and Film Distributor International Film Bureau. The Lonely Night. produceds by Affiliated Film Producersuction Company United States: International Film Bureau, Inc, 1954. Video.

APA citation style:

Jacoby, I., Van Dyke, W., Silvera, F., Seldes, M., Dufour, V., Leacock, R. [...] International Film Bureau, F. D. (1954) The Lonely Night. Affiliated Film Producersuction Company, prod United States: International Film Bureau, Inc. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jacoby, Irving, Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, et al. The Lonely Night. prod by Affiliated Film Producersuction Company United States: International Film Bureau, Inc, 1954. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.