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Night Life of the Gods (1935)

A scientist named Hunter Hawk invents a device that can turn flesh to stone. While celebrating his discovery he becomes involved with a half naked leprechaun. On a trip to New York, Hunter ... See full summary »

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Florine McKinney ...
Meg
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Daphne Lambert
Richard Carle ...
Grandpa Lambert
Theresa Maxwell Conover ...
Alice Lambert
Phillips Smalley ...
Alfred Lambert
Wesley Barry ...
Alfred Lambert, Jr.
Gilbert Emery ...
Betts
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Old Man Turner
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Cyril Sparks
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Mulligan
Henry Armetta ...
Roigi
Arlene Carroll ...
Stella
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Apollo (as Raymond Benard)
George Hassell ...
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A scientist named Hunter Hawk invents a device that can turn flesh to stone. While celebrating his discovery he becomes involved with a half naked leprechaun. On a trip to New York, Hunter and Meg (the leprechaun) decide to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and turn all of the Statues of Greek Gods into people. What follows in a drunken romp around New York with Medusa's severed head still in Perseus' hand. Written by Greg Kessler <kesslerg@medicine.wustl.edu>

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1 March 1935 (USA)  »

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A Farra dos Deuses  »

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Hunter Hawk: Fugitives should be alone. That's what makes them fugitives.
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Referenced in Night Life of the Bugs (1936) See more »

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Whimsy turned to stone

A one-of-a-kind comic fantasy from the pen of Thorne Smith, creator of "Topper", this strained whimsy has eccentric playboy Alan Mowbray invent a magic ring that turns people to stone. After rendering his annoying family into marble, he spends the night drinking with leprechauns, and then visits New York's Metropolitan museum, where he throws his ring into reverse and brings to life the statues of ancient Greek gods. Hectic shenanigans ensue when they all check into the Waldorf-Astoria hotel: Bacchus drinks rubbing alcohol, Venus de Milo acquires arms, Neptune starts a slapstick fight in a fish market, and so on. More witty than funny, the movie is afloat with Prohibition-era tipsy jokes, but manages to get an occasional naughty touch past the Hays Code restrictions. Mowbray captures the right energy and manic glint in his eye, and an imperturbable butler wins some laughs, but the others give overly broad performances that are comic, but in the wrong way. At this point in history, the curiosity value and Art Deco sets exceed the entertainment, or maybe they've now become the entertainment.


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