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Midnight Court (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 6 March 1937 (USA)
Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

Don Ryan (original and screen play), Kenneth Gamet (original and screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Dvorak ... Carol O'Neill
John Litel ... Victor Shanley
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Bob Terrill
Joseph Crehan ... Judge Frederick J. Thompson
William B. Davidson ... Alfred H. Kruger (as William Davidson)
Stanley Fields ... 'Slim' Jacobs
Walter Miller ... Police Lt. Jerry Burke
John Sheehan ... 'Clouter' Hoag
Bill Elliott ... City Attorney Seabrook (as Gordon Elliott)
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Superior Court Judge
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Bailiff Turner (as Harrison Green)
Charley Foy ... Dutch (as Charles Foy)
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Louie Rennick
Lyle Moraine Lyle Moraine ... Harry Jills
George Offerman Jr. ... Adolph Nodle
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Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to drinking and alcoholism. Dismissed from office in disgrace and divorced by his wife, Carol, Shanley soon found himself a gutter-drunk. But when hired by gangster Al Kruger, racketeer in charge of a hot-car ring, Shanley is soon back on top and made rich in the process, and relishing the revenge he had taken on the law-and-order faction he bitterly thought had done him an injustice. Shanley befriends a young engineer, Bob Terrell, who had inadvertently gotten mixed up with Kruger's mob, and gets Bob a job with an aircraft-factory in Tennessee. But Kruger, fearful that Bob might have knowledge that will incriminate him, has his henchman "Slim" Jacobs murder the young man. Shanley vows to get revenge on Kruger. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A DOWN-and-OUT LAWYER, by DEFENDING A RACKETEER and HIS MOB, MAKES A COME-BACK TO FAME

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justice After Dark See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Let's Put Our Heads Together
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played at Victor Shanley's party
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Could have been so much better
11 October 2012 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

This plot of a mob lawyer redeeming himself for a woman has been done many times, both before and after this effort. I am not bothered that the plot is so predictable, but that it is handled in so perfunctory a way. The movie ambles along at first. We do not see star Ann Dvorak-the star- for quite a while. Where is it going?

When it does get going, it accelerates quickly. Complete plot issues and character development are lost as events speed up faster and faster.Dvorak could be quite a charismatic performer. However, in this movie, she has few lines, and none of the lines have any bite. She ambles along with her Mona Lisa smile while John Litel shows a proportionately high level of energy. The gangsters are funny, but as people die at their hands,it is hard to laugh.

Meant as a B quickie, it does the job-but too well. There is enough talent here to have made a much more substantial picture


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