Hangover Square

Synopsis: George Harvey Bone is a composer in early 20th century London, who is under stress because he is writing a piano concerto. Due to this stress, he gets black outs when ever he hears dissonances. When he finds himself after the black out in a different quarter of the town, he returns home, to read in the paper that somebody in that quarter was murdered. Asking help from a doctor at Scotland Yard he is assured that he has nothing to do with it, but he is advised to cut back in his work and get some relaxation like other, ordinary people. At a cheap musical he meets Netta, a singer, who inspires him for a new motive for his concerto. But Netta discovers that this motive could also be used as a song for her. The song gets sold, and she hangs around George to get more songs out of him. George believes that Netta is in love with him, and gets in an argument with his girlfriend Barbara, the daughter of Lord Henry, who wants the concerto for one of his soirées. George has another black out, and
Director(s): John Brahm
Production: 20th Century Fox
77 min


It's old Ogilby's place.

Call the fire department!

Hey, look where

you're going, can't ya?

Here! What's the idea

of walking into me like that?

- Is something the matter, sir?

- Is he drunk?

Are you feeling badly, sir?

No, I'm... I'm all right now.

Thank you.

That... That's blood!

Look! You can see

the fire from here.

Oh, here you are, George.

We were beginning to wonder

what happened to you.

You didn't come home

last night, did you?

Oh, no.

I stayed with some friends.

We found the door open,

so we came in.

How did you get that cut?

I bumped into a man carrying

some baskets a little while ago.

- I'll get something to clean it.

- You sure you're all right?

- Yes, of course.

- Hmm.

Barbara's just been playing me

the opening of your new concerto.

The best work

you've ever done.

I always felt

you were very gifted.

I've been waiting for you

to do something like this.

As you know, in December I have

a series of musical soirees in my house.

Now I'd like to include

a new and modern work.

So, if you can

finish this in time?

Naturally you'll be at the piano.


- And you'd be conducting, Sir Henry?

- Yes.

I'm enormously complimented.

Of course everything depends

on how you complete it.

You're already established as a musician.

If this concerto is successful...

it could mean international recognition

of all your work.

I'd like to help bring that about.

Thank you, sir.

That's all I have to say.

Put everything else aside, my dear boy.

- Finish it.

- I'm so pleased.

So am I. Good heavens!

I shall be late for the philharmonic.

I think I've just time

to see you home.

- Perhaps George will, if you're late.

- Of course.

- Thank you.

- Good-bye, Father.

- Good-bye!

- Good-bye, sir, and thank you.

- You've been exceedingly kind.

- Not at all.

I don't know how

I shall ever thank you.

There's no need.


I didn't stay

with friends last night.

You mean that

it's happened again?

I don't know where I've been

or what I've done.

I remember having gone out

last evening...

and then nothing more until

I found myself a while ago over in Fulham.

There's the whole day missing.

Did you... do anything this time?

Not that I can recall.

Where could I have got this?

- I'll throw it away.

- No.

I'll keep it.

Read all about the Fulham murder!

A man stabbed to death,

house set afire.

Is he shouting

something about Fulham?


Yes, sir?

Here you are, sir.

Thank you, sir.

Here you are! Paper! Fulham murder!

Man stabbed to death in Fulham!

Read all about

the Fulham murder!


Isn't that where you were?

Could I have done this?

Oh, no.


something's happened lately.

These moods are getting

deeper and longer.

I mean, 24 hours.

Barbara, I'm going

to Scotland Yard.

- To the police?

- No.

I know of someone there,

a Dr. Middleton.

My own doctor suggested him.

He's very brilliant

with new ideas about the mind.

I think he may be

able to help me.

I've got to go

to see him now.

- If you go, I'll go with you.

- No.

Please, George.

I want to.

All my life I've had

black little moods...

but just for a minute or two.

I've never known anything

like the one I've just had...

and certainly nothing

that's lasted a whole day.

Have you been

working very hard?

He works day and night.

You see, he's writing a concerto,

and I'm sure he wouldn't eat sometimes...

if our housekeeper

didn't send meals across to him.

What I really want to know is...

would I be likely to do anything criminal

during one of these moods?

What makes you ask that?

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Barré Lyndon

Barré Lyndon (pseudonym of Alfred Edgar) (12 August 1896 – 23 October 1972) was a British playwright and screenwriter. The pseudonym was presumably taken from the title character of Thackeray's novel. Born in London, he may be best remembered for three screenplays from the 1940s: The Lodger (1944), Hangover Square (1945) and The Man in Half Moon Street (1945). The latter was remade by Hammer Film Productions in 1959 as The Man Who Could Cheat Death. Lyndon began his writing career as a journalist, particularly about motor-racing, and short-story writer before becoming a playwright. His first play, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, was made into an Edward G. Robinson film in 1939. After that success, Lyndon moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1941 to concentrate on writing for films full time. He was naturalised as a United States citizen in the United States District Court in Los Angeles as Alfred Edgar Barre Lyndon in 1952. Alfred Edgar had two sons, Roger Alvin Edgar (b. England, 1924) and Barry Davis Edgar (b. England, 1929) . more…

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