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Night Court (1932)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  4 June 1932 (USA)
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Judge Moffett is as crooked as they come and the Board of Judicial Corruption is after him. So he hides out in the poor part of town. While there, she drops the bankbook that Moffett has ... See full summary »

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Judge Moffett is as crooked as they come and the Board of Judicial Corruption is after him. So he hides out in the poor part of town. While there, she drops the bankbook that Moffett has listing his accounts and Mary returns it to him. But Moffett thinks Mary saw the book and he puts her away for six months on a trumped up charge. Mike is overcome with grief and when he comes to his senses, he talks to Mary who tells him about the book. This gets Mike beat up and put on a boat to South America, but he jumps ship and plots his revenge. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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At the beginning of the movie, we see Judge Moffett's office door. His door has "Judges' Chambers" printed on it, while it should read "Judge's Chambers" as it is his private office, and not shared by other judges. See more »

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Thomas Madigan: This Judge Moffett is a pretty gay bird. He's keeping a girl by the name of Lil Baker in a Park Avenue apartment. She's got her own auto and everything. Now you gents know what that's called.
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Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Hummed by Anita Page
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Huston delivers outstanding portrait of corruption.
16 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before it implodes with incredulity in its last ten minutes Night Court is an audience enraging piece of filmmaking as corruption runs amok in the justice system. Up until the story goes from the crime to the ridiculous you may find your blood boiling at the blatant abuse of power by a cabal of judicial miscreants.

In order to supplement a lavish life style and keep his amour in classy digs Judge Moffett (Walter Huston) dispenses injustice in his night court for a price. When a squeaky clean judge (Lewis Stone) initiates an investigation into his criminal practice Moffett goes into defensive mode by hiding the squeeze and his bankbook out in a marginal neighborhood. The woman befriends a neighbor who finds out too much as far as the judge is concerned so he has some charges trumped up to get the woman tossed in prison for six months as well as remove her child from the home. Her taxi driver husband vows to clear her name and expose Moffett so the judge sends some associates over to convince him to take a trip to South America.

Night Court's nightmarish scenario is filled with Kafkaesque undertone as the execrable and efficient Moffett exploits the system with his well oiled machine of muscle and money to deal with problems. Huston gives an excellent turn as the venal and arrogant judge who twists the system to his advantage exuding a condescending superiority even as the noose tightens around his neck and his criminal empire is rounded up. Phillips Holmes as the taxi driver and Anita Page as his wife also give notable performances as victim's of Moffett's handiwork.

Director Woody "One Take" VanDyke puts his appellation on display and to the picture's detriment as he attempts to tie everything together with a sloppy climax but not before he and Huston in pulpish fashion make a statement about a form of corruption that still flourishes eighty years later .


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