Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.



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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Taylor
'Happy' MacDonald
Jill MacDonald
Mrs. Rand
Tim Washington, the Doorman
Dorothy Peterson ...
Edith Blair
Ed Powell
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
The Policeman
Cigarette Girl


"Happy" MacDonald and his unfaithful wife own a Prohibition era night club. On this eventful night, he is threatened by bootleggers, and the club's star dancer falls in love with a young socialite who drinks to forget a personal tragedy, among other incidents. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 May 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cabaret de nuit  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Universal Pictures production number 324. See more »


Tim Washington, the Doorman: Most all them folks is starving for something, and it ain't food. They comes in here and eats and dances and hugs themselves up to a woman,and for a while they think they're happy. Then they comes out, and the world is just as cold and empty as it was before. That's real starvin', Mr. Ryan.
Officer Ryan: Why, Tim, you're a philospher.
Tim Washington, the Doorman: Am I? You don't say so. That ain't what my wife Mary says. She says I'm just a fool-talkin' old colored man.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Prisoner of Love
Music by Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Boris Karloff as a fast talking gangster?
2 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

NIGHT WORLD is an interesting hour for film buffs (running time 58 minutes) It was made at Universal Studios in 1932 using cast members from their famed monster films. Of course, the headliner is Boris Karloff as Happy McDonald, the owner of a midtown Manhattan nightclub. He's a fast talking gangster who is not afraid to use his glib talk, his fists or his gun. In FRANKENSTEIN, Mae Clarke, was kinda drab, and not very pretty. Here she shows she's a spunky, funny and sexy actress. Bert Roach, of MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE turns up as an annoying drunk. The rest of the cast includes young Lew Ayres, Hedda Hopper, George Raft and Robert Emmet O'Connor. Busby Berkeley supervised the sparse dance numbers, and his trademark, naughty camera angles are here. I had a lot of fun with it.

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