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Night World (1932)

Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.

Director:

Hobart Henley

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (story), Allen Rivkin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Michael Rand
Mae Clarke ... Ruth Taylor
Boris Karloff ... 'Happy' MacDonald
Dorothy Revier ... Jill MacDonald
Russell Hopton ... Klauss
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Rand
Clarence Muse ... Tim Washington, the Doorman
Dorothy Peterson ... Edith Blair
Bert Roach ... Tommy
George Raft ... Ed Powell
Gene Morgan ... Joe
Huntley Gordon ... Jim
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... The Policeman
Arletta Duncan ... Cigarette Girl
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Storyline

"Happy" MacDonald and his unfaithful wife own a Prohibition era night club. On this eventful night, he is threatened by bootleggers, and the club's star dancer falls in love with a young socialite who drinks to forget a personal tragedy, among other incidents. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujeres que matan See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The costumes the chorus girls wear in the second number (which ends act one) are reused from the "Happy Feet" number from King of Jazz (1930) See more »

Quotes

Tim Washington, the Doorman: Most all them folks is starving for something, and it ain't food. They comes in here and eats and dances and hugs themselves up to a woman,and for a while they think they're happy. Then they comes out, and the world is just as cold and empty as it was before. That's real starvin', Mr. Ryan.
Officer Ryan: Why, Tim, you're a philospher.
Tim Washington, the Doorman: Am I? You don't say so. That ain't what my wife Mary says. She says I'm just a fool-talkin' old colored man.
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Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Prisoner of Love
(uncredited)
Music by Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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A Night In New York
4 November 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Fun, saucy, fast-moving and short, Night World is a neat little movie from the early thirties, before Prohibition was repealed, when Hoover was still in the White House; and with a Depression still new there was yet a Gatsby mood in the cities.

The credits of this movie are unusual. Busby Berkeley did the choreography. Alfred Newman composed what music there is. The cast is oddball for any sort of film, but especially peculiar for this kind: Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, Hedda Hopper, George Raft and Jack La Rue. Director Hobart Henley handles his material extremely well, and gives it pace and energy. There is joy, sadness, corruption, disillusionment and heartbreak in the movie, and the ending is bittersweet but not downbeat.


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