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Night After Night (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1932 (USA)
A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Louis Bromfield (story "Single Night"), Kathryn Scola (continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Joe Anton
Constance Cummings ... Miss Jerry Healy
Wynne Gibson ... Iris Dawn
Mae West ... Maudie Triplett
Alison Skipworth ... Miss Mabel Jellyman
Roscoe Karns ... Leo
Louis Calhern ... Dick Bolton
Bradley Page ... Frankie Guard
Al Hill ... Blainey
Harry Wallace Harry Wallace ... Jerky
George Templeton George Templeton ... Patsy (as Dink Templeton)
Marty Martyn Marty Martyn ... Malloy
Tom Kennedy ... Tom (the bartender)
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Storyline

A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

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Taglines:

JOE ANTON (George Raft) shady - sinister - charming in his own way - he knew what he wanted - and took it! (original lobby card 1) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche tras noche See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Mae West. George Raft (Joe Anton) also appeared with her in her final film, Sextette (1977). See more »

Goofs

A shadow of the boom microphone moves across a column to the right after Leo keeps Iris from running after Joe as he is taking Jerry out of the speakeasy to get a cab. See more »

Quotes

Miss Mabel Jellyman: Maudie, do you really think I could get rid of my inhibitions?
Maudie: Why, sure. I got an old trunk you can put them in.
Miss Mabel Jellyman: Hotcha!
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Referenced in Breakfast in Bed (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Everyone Says I Love You
(uncredited)
Music by Bert Kalmar
Played at the speakeasy when Joe makes the rounds and first spots Jerry
Also played at the end
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Forget Raft And West, This Is An Alison Skipworth Movie
11 April 2011 | by oldblackandwhiteSee all my reviews

Night After Night is a very amusing gangster spoof comedy from the early talkie era. Best remembered as Gorge Raft's first starring role and Mae West's introductory movie role -- as if she needed any introduction! Nevertheless, this unambitious little movie stands on its own, tightly directed by Archie Mayo, beautifully filmed by cinematographer Ernest Haller, and well acted by the entire cast. The dialog is snappy with lots of funny lines, and the musical score, which seems to be that naturally produced by the bands in the speakeasy setting, stays in the background but enhances the light-hearted, devil-may-care Prohibition ambiance. Released in late 1932, this picture looks and sounds very sophisticated technically, showing in what a short time the industry had overcome the problems of creaky early sound equipment.

Raft, the owner of a high-class speak, is admiring from afar, and in fact has rather foolishly fallen in love with, a classy-looking "Park Avenue dame" (Constance Cummings) who frequents his joint, sitting all by herself and looking dreamy. Because he knows he's a no-class mug, he hires a stuffy old school teacher (Alison Skipworth) to teach him how to get some -- class, that is. It's a hopeless case of course, but Raft manages to get a date with the swell broad anyway, mainly because the building his joint occupies was once her girlhood home. The brew is stirred by a rival gang trying to horn in on his operation, a pistol-packing, madly jealous ex-moll (Wynne Gibson), and Raft's cynical henchman (Roscoe Karns) grousing about the entire proceeding. Raft thinks he has it going swimmingly with the swell dame when he gets her to dinner at his joint, especially since he has his tutor Skipworth at the table to give him moral support and keep his shaky class from slipping. The party gets livelier when it is crashed by another of his old flames, that moll of molls Mae West. The inimitable Mae works her very bad influence to get the school teacher roaring drunk.

Those to whom this is the first Mae West movie, may wonder why there was so much fuss over her. Sure, her two best assets -- the ones the inflatable life preserver was named for -- look great in a see-though negligee, but she's still a chubby middle-aged woman. Well, stick around. She would have probably said something like, "It ain't what ya got, it's how you carry it." Mae's role here is a supporting one. She doesn't show up until the midway point and has only a couple of scenes, but as George Raft reportedly complained, "She stole everything but the cameras!" Raft and Cummings are okay in the leads, both charming in fact. But it is the supporting cast that shines in this little jewel. Mae West is Mae West, and Roscoe Karns is Roscoe Karns at his best. Yet Alison Skipworth as the stuffy but lovable old schoolmarm practically steals the show, as she did nearly every movie she was in. She even keeps up with Mae West in the scene-stealing game. Here's a hot tip for you little mugs and mollies who are new to the racket of watching beautiful, old black and white movies -- you can't go wrong if you make a point to never miss an Alison Skipworth picture!

Night After Night is slick, solid, Old Hollywood entertainment all the way.


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