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A Gentleman After Dark (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 16 April 1942 (USA)
A greedy woman turns in her husband, a jewel thief, for the reward. Her husband's friend, a detective, adopts the couple's child and raises her as his own. Eighteen years later the husband,... See full summary »

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Richard Washburn Child (story "A Whiff of Heliotrope"), Patterson McNutt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... Harry 'Heliotrope Harry' Melton
Miriam Hopkins ... Flo Melton
Preston Foster ... Police Detective Tom Gaynor
Harold Huber ... S. Jenkins (Stubby)
Phillip Reed ... Eddie Smith
Gloria Holden ... Miss Clark
Douglass Dumbrille ... Enzo Calibra
Sharon Douglas Sharon Douglas ... Diana Melton aka Diana Gaynor
William Henry ... Paul Rutherford
Stephanie Foster Stephanie Foster ... Diana Melton as a Child
Ralph Morgan ... Morrison
Jack Mulhall ... Hotel Desk Clerk
William Haade ... Policeman
William Ruhl William Ruhl ... Detective
Edgar Dearing ... Joe (Prison Guard)
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Storyline

A greedy woman turns in her husband, a jewel thief, for the reward. Her husband's friend, a detective, adopts the couple's child and raises her as his own. Eighteen years later the husband, still in prison, finds out that his ex-wife is now attempting to blackmail their daughter. He vows to break out and put a stop to her once and for all. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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They Get Along - Like Dynamite and a Blow Torch! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heliotrope Harry See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

United Artists production number 36100. See more »

Quotes

Harry 'Heliotrope Harry' Melton: [to Eddie Smith, just before shooting him] Enjoy your cigarette. Because after that you're going to quit smoking.
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Connections

Version of Forgotten Faces (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in C Sharp Minor
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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A Film Noir Sleeper!
21 September 1999 | by BrownCamSee all my reviews

This classic film noir crime drama is a remake of 1936's Forgotten Faces. Harry's daughter has been raised by the Judge who put him behind bars.When his estranged wife threatens him with blackmail, Harry escapes prison to keep her quiet, permanently. Brian Donlevy stars as the convict willing to sacrifice everything for his daughter, a girl who may never know her real father. A stylish thriller, that although slightly dated, is still a treat to watch if you appreciate the classics.


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