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Night After Night (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1932 (USA)
A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Louis Bromfield (story "Single Night"), Kathryn Scola (continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Joe Anton
Constance Cummings ... Miss Jerry Healy
Wynne Gibson ... Iris Dawn
Mae West ... Maudie Triplett
Alison Skipworth ... Miss Mabel Jellyman
Roscoe Karns ... Leo
Louis Calhern ... Dick Bolton
Bradley Page ... Frankie Guard
Al Hill ... Blainey
Harry Wallace Harry Wallace ... Jerky
George Templeton George Templeton ... Patsy (as Dink Templeton)
Marty Martyn Marty Martyn ... Malloy
Tom Kennedy ... Tom (the bartender)
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Storyline

A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

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Taglines:

MAUDIE (Mae West ) - She was the spirit of what the nice girl never does - but she was REAL ! (original lobby card 4) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche tras noche See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $200,000 Joe agrees to sell his speakeasy for would equate to over $3.5M in 2016. See more »

Goofs

The "moonlight" in the window of Joe's bedroom goes off a beat before Leo turns on the lights. See more »

Quotes

Iris Dawn: I don't like being rousted around.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Rain, Rain, Go Away
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Green
Played when the drunk patron sits down with Jerry
Also played at the end
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"Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It"
26 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Night After Night finds George Raft as a former boxer now owner of a swank speakeasy who is looking to move up in class. A part Raft could really identify with considering his own humble circumstances.

In addition Raft is juggling three women, society girl Constance Cummings, former flapper Wynne Gibson, and the one and only Mae West.

Without Mae in this film, Night After Night would be just a routine film with nothing terribly special. But because Mae made her screen debut, the film has come down as a legend.

West is only on the screen for about 15 minutes of the film, but it's 15 unforgettable minutes. Raft is trying to acquire some culture and polish and hires Alison Skipworth to educate him in the finer arts. He brings her along to dinner with Constance Cummings to impress Cummings and Mae crashes the party.

When Paramount hired West they apparently did not know what to do with her. The part she has here as originally written is a supporting role. Remember she was a star on Broadway and wrote a lot of her own material. Mae persuaded the powers of Paramount to let her write her own lines and she wound up stealing the film.

As this was pre-Code the budding relationship of Mae to Skipworth shows more than a hint of lesbianism. As it was Mae West was quite the gay community icon, still is.

Without her, Night After Night is a routine, even substandard melodrama, with Mae it's a classic.


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