While on a hunting trip, Aldo Ray and his friend Frank Albertson are set upon by fugitive bank robbers Brian Keith and Rudy Bond. While they actually kill Albertson, Ray is knocked unconscious and left for dead. Upon regaining… More While on a hunting trip, Aldo Ray and his friend Frank Albertson are set upon by fugitive bank robbers Brian Keith and Rudy Bond. While they actually kill Albertson, Ray is knocked unconscious and left for dead. Upon regaining consciousness, Ray is able to appropriate the thieves' bag of stolen money. After hiding the loot, Ray then sets out to find the authorities, only to find himself accused of Albertson's murder. Now he must somehow convince the authorities of his innocence and avoid the vengeful thieves. While on the lam, Ray makes the acquaintance of fashion model Anne Bancroft. Shortly afterward, Keith and Bond catch up with Ray and torture him, hoping to find out where he's hidden the money. Ray escapes again, vowing revenge on Bancroft, whom he thinks is in cahoots with the thieves. When he finds out that she's innocent of all wrong doing, Ray joins Bancroft and insurance-investigator James Gregory to locate the money. The thieves overpower Bancroft and Gregory, tying them up in a shed and then attempting to run them over with a snowplow. But Ray is able to rescue his new friends and seal the criminals' doom. For the most part, Nightfall is a well-wrought film noir, a specialty of director Jacques Tourneur. For reasons probably due to prior contractual commitments, the film stops cold at midpoint, offering viewers an interminable fashion show in which Anne Bancroft shows off some "up to date" dress designs that are almost as frightening as the film's villains. Outside of this lapse, Nightfall is an exciting piece of scriptwork from future TV stalwart Stirling Silliphant, who based his screenplay on a novel by David Goodis.