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The Longest Night (1936)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance | 2 October 1936 (USA)



(screenplay) (as Robert Andrews), (novel)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Sergeant Magee
Eve Sutton
Catherine Doucet ...
Mrs. Wilson G. Wilson, a Customer
Mrs. Briggs, Carl's Mother
Carl Briggs
Captain Holt
Mr. Grover, Head Buyer for the Store
Kendrick Kinney
Albert Wilson
Hastings, Store Manager
Hardy, Store Security
Kitty McHugh ...
Midge Riley, a Salesgirl
Smythe, Floorwalker


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Mystery | Romance


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Release Date:

2 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite Sem Fim  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thought to be the shortest feature ever produced by MGM (the title notwithstanding!). See more »


Remade as The Big Store (1941) See more »


The Longest Night
Music and Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
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Good murder yarn; weak comedy
20 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a fairly entertaining programmer featuring Robert Young in his early screen career. He is again teamed with Florence Rice, an up and coming actress who never quite made it in the big times, though she showed potential. Of interest is Ted Healy as Police Sergeant Magee (yes, another dumb detective/policeman role). Healy was the comic responsible for introducing The Three Stooges to the world. That may be a blessing or a curse depending on how much you like Moe, Larry, and Curly.

"The Longest Night" is a compact comedy thriller with the entire story taking place on one night (hence the title) at one location, a department store, except for the opening sequence which takes place on the street. Sidney Toler, in his pre-Charlie Chan days, has the meaty part of Captain Holt, the one in charge of the investigation when a murder occurs in the store. The cast includes an assortment of character actors including the often corny Olin Howland as a floorwalker.

Thought there is much attempt at humor, most of it is lame by today's standards. Many of the supposedly funny lines fall flat; even the slapstick seems forced. This film would have played better with less comedy and more thrills and chills.

Taken as a short murder mystery, "The Longest Night" works. Taken as a comedy, it falls on its tush.

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