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Complete credited cast:
Captain Karl Torok
Karen Morley ...
Paul Cavanagh ...
Count Peter Alvinczy
Russell Hicks ...
Prefect of Police
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Professor Omega
Bodil Rosing ...
Gloria Roy ...
Katherine Szabo
Cornelius Keefe ...
Paul Szegedy
Polly Ann Young ...
Torok's Date
Herman Bing ...
Taxi Driver
Luis Alberni ...
Taxi Driver (replaced by Herman Bing) (scenes deleted)
Landers Stevens ...


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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

20 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dramat i åsknatten  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for preservation. See more »

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A rainy night
1 September 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

We received an unexpected surprise with this 1935 Fox film that was shown on one of the cable channels. Directed for the screen by George Archainbaud, "Thunder in the Night" is an elegant crime melodrama that never lets down thanks to its magnificent cast. In addition, the copy that was presented had an excellent quality of sound, something that was not always achieved in those years. It also had a crisp black and white cinematography by Bert Glennon.

The story takes place in the Budapest of those years. The lives of a noble couple, Count Alvinczy and his wife Madalaine, will be examined because the countess ex-husband, a scoundrel, Paul Szegedy, who faked his own life in order to escape prison, has returned to the city with an assumed name to make her life miserable. Szegedy has come back to Budapest working in a vaudeville act involving pistols with a female assistant. Paul wants to blackmail Madalaine in a scheme he thinks will give him a lot of money.

Captain Torok of the Budapest police department, a friend of the Alvinczys, is called to investigate the death of Szegedy in his room at the Oriental Hotel. The suspects include the Alvinczys and a neighbor who is some kind of a medium. Torok proves to be a good detective as he examines the evidence that appeared stacked against innocent people.

Edmund Lowe makes a great Captain Torok. The exquisite Karen Morley is Madalaine, the lady with a past that has to make hard decisions. Paul Kavanagh appears as the count that loves Madalaine. Gene Lockhart and Una O'Connor provide some comic relief as a policeman who loves to eat and a chamber maid that proves to be an important part in solving the mystery.

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