Night Must Fall is a 1937 film adaptation of the Emlyn Williams play of the same name. It was directed by Richard Thorpe and adapted by John Van Druten. It stars Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, and Dame May Whitty. Mrs. Bramson (Dame May Whitty) is a surly, elderly woman holding court in a small English village. She pretends to need a wheelchair, and impulsively decides to try to fire her maid, Dora (Merle Tottenham), for allegedly stealing and breaking china. Meanwhile, the household learns that the police have searched a nearby river looking for the missing villager, Mrs. Shellbrook. Dora then introduces her Irish boyfriend, Danny (Robert Montgomery), who works for Mrs. Shellbrook. Danny, knowing that Mrs. Bramson is a hypochondriac and is faking her need for a wheelchair, is very charming toward her, saying that she reminds him of his mother. He tells Mrs. Bramson that he loves Dora and would marry her if he had a better job, and Mrs. Bramson obliges and becomes her servant.