Night World (1932)

 |  Drama  |  5 May 1932 (USA)
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Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.



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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Taylor
'Happy' MacDonald
Jill MacDonald
Russell Hopton ...
Mrs. Rand
Tim Washington, the Doorman
Dorothy Peterson ...
Edith Blair
Bert Roach ...
Ed Powell
Gene Morgan ...
Huntley Gordon ...
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
The Policeman
Arletta Duncan ...
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:

Mujeres que matan  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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13 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Night World (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Strange Pre-Code from Universal takes place at a nightclub during the Prohibition era where the women wear very little clothes and the alcohol is running free. Outside some Pre-Code dialogue and situations the story here is rather weak because it seems the director was only wanting to show the women and booze. The film runs a very fast 56-minutes but a few of the scenes go on a bit too long even with the short running time. Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff and George Raft star. Watch for the joke aimed at James Whale's Frankenstein.

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