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Roadhouse Nights (1930)

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Lola Fagan
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Willie Bindbugel
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Sam Horner
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Daffy (as Durante)
Lou Clayton ...
Joe (as Clayton)
Eddie Jackson ...
Moe (as Jackson)
Joe King ...
John Hanson
Fuller Mellish Jr. ...
Hogan
Leo Donnelly ...
City Editor Keeley
Tammany Young ...
Jerry
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JIMMY DURANTE whom Motion Picture News calls "The Charlie Chaplin of the Talking Screen." (print ad) See more »

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23 February 1930 (USA)  »

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The River Inn  »

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Dashiell Hammett's "Red Harvest" upon which this was very loosely based, later provided the basic plot for numerous films, including Akira Kurasawa's "Yojimbo" and Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars". See more »

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Featured in Broadway: The American Musical (2004) See more »

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Everything Is On the Up and Up
Words and Music by Eddie Jackson, Lou Clayton and Jimmy Durante
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Helen Morgan and Jimmy Durante
24 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Helen Morgan stars here as Lola, a roadhouse singer who gets involved with her boss Sam (Fred Kohler) who is a gangster. He's a bootlegger and possibly the murderer of a nosy reporter (Joe King). On the trail of the missing reporter is Willie (Charlie Ruggles), a reporter who was once Lola's childhood sweetie back home. Willie pretends to be a barfly while he gathers information. He and Lola team up.

Against this dramatic action, there is a comedy act. It's the famous Clayton, Jackson & Durante headed up by none other than Jimmy Durante.

When Lola and Willie try to escape, they are trailed by Sam. A flat tire ends the escape attempt. Willie pretends to be drunk again and makes a phone call to his city editor. While appearing to be drunk he actually uses his ring to tap a coded messages to the newspaper.

This early talkie is notable for several reasons. Star Helen Morgan sings "It Can't Go on Like This" twice in her follow up to the sensational APPLAUSE (1929). This is her last starring role in a film.

This film was written by Ben Hecht, based on a novel by Dashiell Hammett. And this is the only film appearance of Durante (his film debut) and his partners, a comedy team that starred in vaudeville. Durante would go solo soon after this film.

The film captures the seedy roadhouse atmosphere quite well.


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