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Night Life of the Gods (1935)

A scientist named Hunter Hawk invents a device that can turn flesh to stone. While celebrating his discovery he becomes involved with a half naked leprechaun. On a trip to New York, Hunter ... See full summary »

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Writers:

Thorne Smith (novel), Barry Trivers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Mowbray ... Hunter Hawk
Florine McKinney ... Meg
Peggy Shannon ... Daphne Lambert
Richard Carle ... Grandpa Lambert
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Alice Lambert
Phillips Smalley ... Alfred Lambert
Wesley Barry ... Alfred Lambert, Jr.
Gilbert Emery ... Betts
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Old Man Turner
Douglas Fowley ... Cyril Sparks
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Mulligan
Henry Armetta ... Roigi
Arlene Carroll Arlene Carroll ... Stella
Ray Corrigan ... Apollo (as Raymond Benard)
George Hassell George Hassell ... Bacchus
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A scientist named Hunter Hawk invents a device that can turn flesh to stone. While celebrating his discovery he becomes involved with a half naked leprechaun. On a trip to New York, Hunter and Meg (the leprechaun) decide to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and turn all of the Statues of Greek Gods into people. What follows in a drunken romp around New York with Medusa's severed head still in Perseus' hand. Written by Greg Kessler <kesslerg@medicine.wustl.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Farra dos Deuses See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hunter Hawk: Fugitives should be alone. That's what makes them fugitives.
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Connections

Referenced in Night Life of the Bugs (1936) See more »

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Among the strangest films of the 1930s...and that's reason enough to see it!
11 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Night Life of the Gods" is an incredibly strange movie and one you won't forget. In fact, it's so strange that I am amazed it was made in the first place. And, that strangeness alone is clearly enough reason to see the film.

The story begins with a crazy rich inventor (Alan Mowbray) working on a very explosive project. In the process, he manages to nearly blow himself up and when he awakens he finds his invention is a rousing success. It seems he has created a magic ring that can turn people into statues as well as turn statues into living, sentient beings! The first thing he does is turn his god-awful and greedy extended family into statues. Then, with help from his lady friend, he goes about turning all the classical statues from a nearby museum into the gods and heroes they were supposed to be. Then, with these ancient weirdos in tow, the guy guys through town having a lot of incredibly strange adventures!!

As I said, this one is strange but also creative and enjoyable. While it doesn't always work (it does go on a bit long) the overall film is hard to hate. Worth seeing and 100% unique!


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