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Midnight Court (1937)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  6 March 1937 (USA)
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Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to ... See full summary »

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Carol O'Neill
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Victor Shanley
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Bob Terrill
Joseph Crehan ...
Judge Thompson
William B. Davidson ...
Alfred H. Kruger (as William Davidson)
Stanley Fields ...
'Slim' Jacobs
Walter Miller ...
Police Lt. Jerry Burke
John Sheehan ...
'Clouter' Hoag
Bill Elliott ...
City Attorney Seabrook (as Gordon Elliott)
Gordon Hart ...
Superior Court Judge
Harrison Greene ...
Bailiff Turner (as Harrison Green)
Charley Foy ...
Dutch (as Charles Foy)
Eddie Foster ...
Louie Rennick
Lyle Moraine ...
Harry Jills
George Offerman Jr. ...
Adolph Nodle
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Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to drinking and alcoholism. Dismissed from office in disgrace and divorced by his wife, Carol, Shanley soon found himself a gutter-drunk. But when hired by gangster Al Kruger, racketeer in charge of a hot-car ring, Shanley is soon back on top and made rich in the process, and relishing the revenge he had taken on the law-and-order faction he bitterly thought had done him an injustice. Shanley befriends a young engineer, Bob Terrell, who had inadvertently gotten mixed up with Kruger's mob, and gets Bob a job with an aircraft-factory in Tennessee. But Kruger, fearful that Bob might have knowledge that will incriminate him, has his henchman "Slim" Jacobs murder the young man. Shanley vows to get revenge on Kruger. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A DOWN-and-OUT LAWYER, by DEFENDING A RACKETEER and HIS MOB, MAKES A COME-BACK TO FAME

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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6 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Justiça à Meia-Noite  »

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Let's Put Our Heads Together
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Music by Harold Arlen
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The Always Dependables...
19 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Warner Brothers (WB) as a 'Factory Studio' had on hand a stock company of professionals too fill in any acting need. Sometimes they were career supporting actors, others may have been former 'Stars' but no longer a top tier attraction.

MIDNIGHT COURT (1937) welds two (2) of these for the leads in this picture, Ann Dvorak and John Litel. The rest of the cast filled out by the current 'Dependables'. The story is one of redemption, through deeds and love. District Attorney Victor Shanley (Litel) is framed, disgraced and falls from the public grace, turning to Mr. Booze and self pity losing the love of Carey O'Neill (Dvorak). Attorney Shanley tries to get back what he lost by throwing his skills toward the benefit of getting Gangsters off the legal hook. Garnering both their praise and material benefits. Later the murder of his protégé changes his views. The Gangsters are brought too justice and he wins the hand of Carey. A solid, entertaining Studio System 'B' Film.

I have never seen John Litel phone in a role. He shows the same discipline as a actor, that he did in his service in WWI earning him two (2) decorations. His career was long and distinguished, showing his mettle also on Stage and later T.V.

Ann Dvorak, attractive, slim, sexy, whose career did not last as long. Starting out as a 'Star' her relations with the Studio Heads did not endear her too them, so by the late 1930s' she had drifted down to 'B' Pictures. Finally retiring in 1951 to private life. Dieing relatively young at the age of 68 (1911>1979).


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