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Night Court (1932)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 4 June 1932 (USA)
Judge and his mistress are investigated on suspicions of corruption.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Bayard Veiller (by), Lenore J. Coffee (by) (as Lenore Coffee) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phillips Holmes ... Mike Thomas
Walter Huston ... Judge Andrew J. Moffett
Anita Page ... Mary Thomas
Lewis Stone ... Judge William Osgood
Mary Carlisle ... Elizabeth Osgood
John Miljan ... Crawford
Jean Hersholt ... Herman - the Janitor
Tully Marshall ... Grogan
Noel Francis ... Lil Baker
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Storyline

Judge Moffett is as crooked as they come and the Board of Judicial Corruption is after him. He sends his mistress, Lil Baker, away to prevent her from being subpoenaed to testify against him. While living in hiding Lil befriends a neighbor Mary Thomas. During a visit at Mary's apartment next door Lil accidentally drops Moffett's bankbook from her purse (showing a high balance for 1932 of $60,000). When Mary finds it she realizes it belongs to Lil and returns it. Moffett realizes Mary must have read the contents and is concerned she will share the details about the bankbook so he finagles a scheme that brings her to his court on a trumped up charge. To keep her quiet the judge sends her to prison for six months. Mike, Mary's husband, is overcome with grief; when he comes to his senses, he talks to Mary who tells him about the book. This gets Mike beat up and put on a boat to South America, but he jumps ship and plots his revenge. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

"THEY CAME IN THE NIGHT...I was all alone...they accused me..I am innocent...if you love me, believe me!" (Print Ad-Rocester Times Union,((Rochester, NY)) 2 May 1932) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bekänn! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first deposit in the bank book was made in mid-July, and the final deposit was in late August. See more »

Goofs

There are three addition errors in the bank book at the $1500, $8000, and $10,000 deposits. According to the deposits, the bank account has only $39,000, rather than the $60,000 it shows. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Madigan: This Judge Moffett is a pretty gay bird. He's keeping a girl by the name of Lil Baker in a Park Avenue apartment. She's got her own auto and everything. Now you gents know what that's called.
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Happy Days Are Here Again
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Hummed by Anita Page
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Stinging Pre-Coder About Judicial Corruption…Gut-Wrenching and Glum
4 May 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

In the Pre-Code Era MGM at Least Tried Once in a While to be Socially Relevant and Concerned. In This One the Studio Ventured Into WB Territory with a Rather Nasty Story About a Corrupt Judicial System at the Bottom Level, the Night Court.

A Good Cast Makes the Most of this Heavy Melodrama About a Married Couple with an Infant being Sucked Into This Cesspool of Corruption Only Because of Proximity. What Goes On Here is Not Pretty to Look At.

Some Pre-Code Situations are Exploited to Explain the Frame-Up with Prostitution On Display Throughout This Rather Ugly Picture of Depression Era Folks Being Railroaded by the System and the Authorities. The Odds are Overwhelming and Only Determination and Some Luck Can Get Them Out of It.

Aside from the Heavy Drinkers and Undraped Females the Film Contains Some Brutal Beatings and Truly Evil Characters. At One Point Judge Walter Huston Says..."Get me some Bad Boys, some Really Bad Boys!".

Some of the Story is Gut-Wrenching when it Concerns the Happy Couple's Baby. The Movie is Not Easy Entertainment and Tries Mightily to Make a Statement About Some Social Concerns at the Time. The Ending May be a Tidy Wrap-Up but it is a Welcome Relief and Although Just a Fictional Placebo, that's About All a Movie Can Offer.


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