5.9/10
94
5 user

Midnight Court (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 6 March 1937 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(original and screen play), (original and screen play)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Richard Dix, Karen Morley, Lloyd Nolan
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While a ship captain is at sea dealing with a mutiny among his crew, his wife is at home having an affair with his best friend.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Jack Holt, Robert Armstrong, Grace Bradley
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Bob Conrad is the playboy son of town squire Charles Conrad. Much against his dad's wishes, Bob falls in love with Dorothy McCarthy, the daughter of penniless widow Mrs. McCarthy. At the ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Mansfield
Stars: Eric Linden, Cecilia Parker, Roger Imhof
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland, Adolphe Menjou
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Allen Meighan, an intern, assures himself residency at 'General Hospital', when he saves the life of a man trapped in an explosion. Allen is in love with student nurse, Claire Donahue, and ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Franchot Tone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Virginia Bruce
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A stage-struck small-towner is tricked in backing a bad straight play, but it turns out to be a unintentional comedy hit. Problems arise, when he is sued for plagiarism.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Stuart Erwin, Jean Muir, Glenda Farrell
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A tough ex-marine joins a smuggler shipping arms to Chinese bandits. When his old outfit takes on the outlaws,he has a change of heart.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: Lew Ayres, Isabel Jewell, James Ellison
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Theodore Reed
Stars: Lew Ayres, Mary Carlisle, Benny Baker
Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Aircraft are being shot down by a large black plane with a big "X" painted on the wing. The chief suspects are invited for the weekend to an old dark mansion.

Director: Elmer Clifton
Stars: Lona Andre, John Carroll, Leon Ames
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two young hoods from the city are sent to a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the mountains to try to turn them away from the life of crime they're headed for.

Director: Aubrey Scotto
Stars: Frank Coghlan Jr., Edward Arnold Jr., Florine McKinney
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Bernard B. Ray
Stars: Richard Talmadge, Luana Walters, Richard Cramer
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The wealthy "Death Valley" Cora (Kitty Kelly) is coming to New York but is kidnapped by con-man Ira Collins (Edward Arnold) who has showgirl Sally Shea (Shirley Ross)impersonating her to ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Edward Arnold, Shirley Ross, John Trent
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Victor Shanley
...
Bob Terrill
...
Judge Frederick J. Thompson
...
Alfred H. Kruger (as William Davidson)
...
'Slim' Jacobs
...
Police Lt. Jerry Burke
...
'Clouter' Hoag
...
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
...
Adolph Nodle
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Justice After Dark  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Let's Put Our Heads Together
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played at Victor Shanley's party
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Justice after Dark
20 April 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILER*** Disbarred disgraced and long forgotten former District Attorney Victor Shanley, John Litel, ends up in a skid row ginmill, Joe's Place, that just happens to the the headquarters of big time gangster Al Kruger, William B. Davidson, who by twisting arms in the justice department put him there. Despertely needing cash to support his drinking habit Shanley take the job of being Kruger's mouthpiece, shyster lawyer, in order to get back at the justice system that destroyed his professional life.

It's when Shanley's ex-wife Carol O'Neill, Ann Dvorak, a court clerk spotted her drunk and barley conscious former husband at Judge Fredrick J. Thompson's, Joseph Crehan, courtroom where he was on trial for vagrancy that she took him home to get himself something to eat and a place to seep it off. All cleaned up and with a new set of clothes Shanley goes on a six month winning streak in the city courts getting Kruger's hoods off from being convicted with his skillful manipulating of the city court system. It's later when one of Kuger's men working in his car theft department the young and innocent Bob Terrill, Carlyle Moore Jr, decided to call it quits,in Shanley paying for his collage tuition in becoming an aeronautical engineer, that Kruger has him set up to be knocked off because he knows too much about his criminal operations. With Kruger's right-hand man Slim Jacobs, Stanley Fields, offering Terrill a lift to the train station he murders him and drives his car, with Terrill in it, down a 200 foot embankment to make Terrill's murder look like an accident!

****SPOILERS*** Finally realizing what he got himself into Shanley follows his ex-wife Carol's advice by quitting the Kruger crime syndicate but even goes one step farther in setting a trap for Kruger & Co. in getting them convicted for Terrill's murder! The big showdown comes in Judge Thompson's courtroom with Shanley, now working for the D.A's Office, tricking Slim Jacobs into admitting under cross examination that he was the person who gave Bob Terrill, after he murdered him, the last ride of his life! Wild and crazy final where pandemonium breaks out in the courtroom as Kruger's hoods together with a gun toting Slim Jacobs try to hijack the proceeding, by making their escape, only to be out-gunned and outnumbered by the police who got there just in the nick of time to put the cuffs on them!


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page