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Night in New Orleans (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 12 March 1943 (Mexico)
The police lieutenant Steve Abbott is engrossed in a baffling murder case. As Steve pieces the clues together, he comes to the sobering conclusion that his own wife Ethel Abbott may be ... See full summary »

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

James R. Langham (book), Jonathan Latimer (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Preston Foster ... Police Lt. Steve Abbott
Patricia Morison ... Ethel Abbott
Albert Dekker ... Police Lieutenant William Richards
Charles Butterworth ... Edward Wallace
Dooley Wilson ... Shadrach Jones
Paul Hurst ... Sergeant Casper Riordan
Jean Phillips ... Janet Price
Cecil Kellaway ... Dan Odell
William Wright ... George Wallace
Noble Johnson ... Carney
Joe Pope Joe Pope ... Carlson
Yola d'Avril ... Mme. Lamballe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Loft ... Police Sergeant Bliss
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The police lieutenant Steve Abbott is engrossed in a baffling murder case. As Steve pieces the clues together, he comes to the sobering conclusion that his own wife Ethel Abbott may be intimately involved in the murder. It even gets worse. Soon Steve himself is accused of the crime. Written by Robert

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha 8 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); in Chicago it was first aired 7 May 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Asheville 10 June 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Milwaukee 7 September 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Detroit 8 December 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in San Francisco 22 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), and in Toledo 2 February 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11). See more »

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Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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Routine comedy mystery
13 February 2019 | by rhoda-9See all my reviews

Lovely Patricia Morison had a minor and dreary career in the movies before she became known for her soprano voice and her starring role in the original production of Kiss Me, Kate. This film shows how sadly mistreated she was--her black hair is dyed blonde, and the hairstyle and makeup also make her look like Joan Blondell, the star of several comedy mysteries like this one. She was also told to act like Blondell, with lots of wide-eyed pouting and fuming, and the dialogue makes her out to be, as even her police lieutenant husband says, "a birdbrain."

Since the husband is the always likable Preston Foster, and since he does have to put up with a lot from this ninny, we can forgive him. But it seems a bit much for him to take her on a search of a suspect's apartment and say, "Help me look for clues" to someone who just swivels her head and stares blankly. The script is as low in consistency as it is in respect for women.

That said, the dialogue is often quite funny, and the story jogs on at a decent pace. The comedy mystery is a peculiar and, some feel, distasteful genre (what's funny about corpses and police brutality?). but if you're not bothered, you can count on being passably entertained.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1943 (Mexico) See more »

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