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While New York Sleeps (1920)

Three short stories with the same cast in each: "Out of the Night," in which a woman is saved from a bigamous dilemma by a burglar; "The Great White Way," in which a couple of con men pull ... See full summary »


Charles Brabin (as Charles J. Brabin)


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Cast overview:
Estelle Taylor ... A Wife / The Vamp / The Girl (as Estella Taylor)
William Locke William Locke ... Her husband
Marc McDermott ... Strange Visitor / The Man / The Paralytic
Harry Sothern Harry Sothern ... Burglar / Friend / His Son
Earl Metcalfe ... The Gangster


Three short stories with the same cast in each: "Out of the Night," in which a woman is saved from a bigamous dilemma by a burglar; "The Great White Way," in which a couple of con men pull their con on the wrong man; and "A Tragedy of the East Side," in which a man who cannot speak or move is the only witness to his son's murder. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A sensational cinemelodrama of stirring phases of life in this city.


Crime | Drama







Release Date:

23 August 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les nuits de New York See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Nitrate Print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for Preservation. See more »

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Three Stories
19 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's not a feature, but a compilation of three shorter stories with the same central cast: Estelle Taylor, Marc McDermott and Harry Sothern. They each concern themselves with the unsavory things that happen after dark. It's a movie-making technique that is still in occasional use. Last year, the Coen brothers did THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, in which they told several stories set in the cinematic west.

In the first story, Miss Taylor is a wife whose first husband, an unkempt, unshaven Mr. McDermott, appears to blackmail her, lest he tell her husband he was her first husband. In the second, she seduces Mr. McDermott and becomes his mistress.

The third story is the longest of the three and the most complicated. Miss Taylor is fired from her day job. Her night job is looking after Harry Sothern's paralyzed father, Mr. McDermott when Sothern is working as a night watchman. They get married, but when Sothern's wharf is robbed and tied up, one of the thieves, Earl Metcalfe, makes his escape and holes up in the attic, where Miss Taylor and he fall in love.

It looks like Raoul Walsh used this last one as a piece of 1932's ME AND MY GAL.

It shows the actors in some range, and doubtless there was the thought that if the feature version didn't work -- or even if it did -- it could be chopped up for shorts. It was also intended to show the range of the actors; today it would be considered as Oscar bait for best performers. It's certainly entertaining, but Miss Taylor's style of acting is very broad, her characters run the gamut from dull to tawdry, and she quickly palled on me. Mr. McDermott is good in the first two stories, but in the third, he's limited by playing a character who's paralyzed. It's actually Mr. Sothern, who is clearly playing a supporting role in all three, that had the most interesting variety.

As for the stories, I found the second, clearly intended as a comedy, the most appealing. Well, that's me. Anything for a laugh.

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