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The Longest Night (1936)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance | 2 October 1936 (USA)
Kept overnight by police investigating a murder, department store owner Charley Phelps and sales clerk Joan Sutton solve the mystery, defeat a gang of thieves, and fall in love.

Director:

Errol Taggart

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay) (as Robert Andrews), Cortland Fitzsimmons (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Young ... Charley Phelps
Florence Rice ... Joan Sutton
Ted Healy ... Police Sergeant Magee
Julie Haydon ... Eve Sutton
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Wilson G. Wilson, a Customer
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Briggs, Carl's Mother
Leslie Fenton ... Carl Briggs
Sidney Toler ... Captain Holt
Paul Stanton ... Mr. Grover, Head Buyer for the Store
Etienne Girardot ... Kendrick Kinney
Tommy Bupp ... Albert Wilson
Samuel S. Hinds ... Hastings, Store Manager
Minor Watson ... Hardy, Store Security
Kitty McHugh Kitty McHugh ... Midge Riley, a Salesgirl
Olin Howland ... Smythe, Floorwalker
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Kept overnight by police investigating a murder, department store owner Charley Phelps and sales clerk Joan Sutton solve the mystery, defeat a gang of thieves, and fall in love.

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Genres:

Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Sem Fim See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Thought to be the shortest feature ever produced by MGM (the title notwithstanding!). See more »

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Remade as The Big Store (1941) See more »

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The Longest Night
Music and Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
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Worth watching just to see Tolar sans Chan
25 February 2000 | by reve-2See all my reviews

A nice short (55 min) "B" picture with a good cast of MGM stock players. Robert Young is pleasant and keeps this murder mystery in proper perspective.

For me, the real highlight was seeing Sidney Tolar playing the police honcho who conducted the investigation. It's the only time that I have ever seen him in any role other than Charlie Chan. To hear him talk that tough New York police lingo without a Chinese accent was fun for me. If I had no other reason to watch this film, Tolar, alone, would be sufficient.

Being of such short duration, the movie moves quickly. It's a good thing because (and I say this with reverence) this flick has "B" movie written all over it. Enjoy............


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