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London by Night (1937)

Passed | | Mystery, Romance | 30 July 1937 (USA)
A newspaperman, his canine companion, and an adventurous socialite investigate an umbrella-wielding murderer who is terrorizing London.

Director:

Wilhelm Thiele (as William Thiele)

Writers:

George Oppenheimer (screen play), Will Scott (from a play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Murphy ... Michael Denis
Rita Johnson ... Patricia Herrick
Virginia Field ... Bessie
Leo G. Carroll ... Correy
George Zucco ... Inspector Jefferson
Montagu Love ... Sir Arthur Herrick
Eddie Quillan ... Bill
Leonard Mudie ... Squires
J.M. Kerrigan ... Tims
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Inspector Sleet
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Postman
Ivan F. Simpson ... Burroughs (as Ivan Simpson)
Corky Corky ... Jones
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Storyline

A newspaperman, his canine companion, and an adventurous socialite investigate an umbrella-wielding murderer who is terrorizing London.

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Genres:

Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Umbrella Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New Haven CT Wednesday 20 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), followed by Chicago Friday 5 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Los Angeles Wednesday 10 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by Philadelphia Tuesday 16 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in Norfolk VA it first aired 18 June 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Memphis 20 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Honolulu 16 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13) , in Tampa 16 December 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Fresno CA 17 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), and in Cincinnati 16 January 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5) ; in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 23 August 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Soundtracks

Hi Bill
(1937)
Music by William Axt (as Dr. William Axt)
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung a cappella by an unidentified man in the pub
Also sung a cappella by Virginia Field (uncredited)
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An old favorite
21 March 2009 | by RRPilotSee all my reviews

Here is a film that brought waves of nostalgia to an old movie buff who usually never forgets a film but often cannot remember the titles of something I have not seen in 50 years. I viewed it by chance on TCM and as soon as I saw the Umbrella Man I knew it was an old favorite from childhood. I am constantly drawn to any film about London and this was no exception. It contains much of the usual elements of period London, the constant fog, Big Ben, elegant town house, eerie Thames River, bumbling police, pub, two lovely ladies and a semi-comical newspaper man protagonist. However it was the bone-chilling Umbrella Man that made the indelible imprint on my young mind years ago. Now the film seems silly and outdated and not the least bit scary, oh but what fun to see again.

The film contained credible performances with a somewhat predictable plot. With a little bit of rewriting and a skilled director I think this film would be a great candidate for a serious remake.


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