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Half Past Midnight (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | March 1948 (USA)
A man with an affinity for trouble meets a girl in distress in a nightclub. She becomes involved in the murder of a Spanish dancer and both of them become major suspects. The couple, ... See full summary »

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writer:

Arnold Belgard (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent Taylor ... Wade Hamilton
Peggy Knudsen ... Sally Ferris, alias Sally Parker
Joe Sawyer ... Det. Lt. Joe Nash
Walter Sande ... Det. Lt. MacDonald
Martin Kosleck ... Cortez
Mabel Paige ... Hester Thornwall
Gil Stratton ... Chick Patrick (as Gil Stratton Jr.)
Jean Wong Jean Wong ... Blossom Gow
Jane Everett Jane Everett ... Carlotta Evans
Damian O'Flynn ... Murray Evans
Richard Loo ... Lee Gow
Tom Dugan ... Bus Tour Guide Barker
Jean De Briac ... Alex
Willie Best ... Andy Jones
Victor Sen Yung ... Sam
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A man with an affinity for trouble meets a girl in distress in a nightclub. She becomes involved in the murder of a Spanish dancer and both of them become major suspects. The couple, eluding the police up, down and all around in Chinatown, succeed in capturing the dancer's partner, who confesses his guilt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1948 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Very rare but very forgettable too.
18 May 2009 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

That's the first film directed by William Claxton. It's not a film noir, as I wrongly expected, but a sort of comedy yarn. Nothing more. Little boring - but not too much either, talkative, with a topic every one has seen before.

A night club girl is accused of a murder charge. A murder she, of course, did not commit. And the lead - Taylor - tries everything to prove her innocence. And also find the real killer.

So, you see, nothing really unusual in this little movie. I don't think Claxton made other films of this kind later, but mostly westerns, and fairly good ones. But B movies too, no great classics.

But, back to this one, we have seen worse. It's not a lousy picture.


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