A Scream in the Night (1935)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 July 1943 (USA)
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A colonial police detective in an Eastern seaport seeks a stolen gem, and infiltrates the underworld by posing as a look-alike wharfside bar owner.


(as Fred Newmeyer)


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Cast overview:
Jack Wilson / Butch Curtain
Zarah Tazil ...
Mora (as Zara Tazil)
John Ince ...
Joe Bentley
Manuel López ...
Johnny Fly (as Manuel Lopez)
Richard Cramer ...
Inspector Green (as Dick Cramer)
Sheila Terry ...
Edith Bentley
Merrill McCormick ...
Jalla (as Merril Mc Cormick)
Philip Ahn ...
Wu Ting (as Philip Ann)
John Lester Johnson ...


A colonial police detective in an Eastern seaport seeks a stolen gem, and infiltrates the underworld by posing as a look-alike wharfside bar owner.

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A Scream in the Dark  »

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Although this film was made in 1935, there is no evidence it was actually shown publicly until 1943, when Astor Pictures acquired the rights and put it out to take advantage of Lon Chaney Jr.'s subsequent stardom in horror roles for Universal. See more »


Edited into Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb (2007) See more »

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A Chip off the Old Block
21 July 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"A Singapore bar owner and his niece come into possession of a rare ruby, 'The Tear of Buddha', which is coveted by a ruthless criminal. The criminal succeeds in taking the gem and kidnapping the niece, while two police detectives hope to close in on him. When one of the officers is killed, his partner goes undercover to find the killer, rescue the kidnapped girl, and return the stolen gem," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

Lon Chaney Jr. dips into his dad's make-up bag of tricks; he plays the good-looking lead detective "Jack Wilson" and the villainous henchman of "Johnny Fly" (Manuel López), a dart-throwing and hard-drinking hulk named "Butch Curtain". Perhaps surprisingly, perhaps not, Mr. Chaney is better as the relatively straight detective, especially after he switches identities with his thuggish look-alike. A fair bang, for the budget.

**** A Scream in the Night (1935) Fred C. Newmeyer ~ Lon Chaney Jr., Manuel López, Sheila Terry

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