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Under Cover of Night (1937)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Mystery | 8 January 1937 (USA)
A crazed, philandering professor prevents his studious wife from leaving him by committing the perfect murder.



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Credited cast:
Christopher Cross
Florence Rice ...
Deb Reed
Sergeant Lucks
Marvin Griswald
Sara Haden ...
Janet Griswald
Alan Shaw
Rudolph Brehmer
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Mrs. Nash
Henry Kolker ...
District Attorney Pritchard
Marla Shelton ...
Tonya Van Horne
Theodore von Eltz ...
John Lamont
Dorothy Peterson ...
Susan Nash
Dr. Reed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Arthur ...
Dr. Busby - Coroner


A crazed, philandering professor prevents his studious wife from leaving him by committing the perfect murder.

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Four murders stun a university campus. YOU know the killer...but it's amazing fun to see Mr. Christopher "Criss" Cross...follow each baffling clue to trap the murderer! (original poster) See more »


Action | Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sous le voile de la nuit  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Robert McWade is listed as a cast member in the Hollywood Reporter for the film "Under Cover of Night (1937)," but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

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More Shadowy Than Night
6 November 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This MGM mystery programmer shows the usual gloss, with plenty of money spent on sets, costumes and a full cast roll not only from Metro's company, but with Henry Daniell in his usual role of suave, low-affect nasty, Edmund Lowe being as bombastic as always -- he sports a one-foot white cigarette holder -- and even Dean Jagger in a move up from Gower Gulch, still sporting a toupee -- the previous year he had starred in REVOLT OF THE ZOMBIES.

But these actors, and Andy Hardy's aunt, Sara Haden, giving a very oddly stylized rendition of a woman having a heart attack, are not the point of this movie. The real fun is provided by the air of lurking dread that pervades this movie, thanks to some astonishing proto-noir lighting by DP Philip Clarke. Usually at Metro, the rule was to turn on all the lights so people could see the gloss. However, in the effectively 'B' section, they sometimes let standards slip and here it works tremendously to the film's advantage.

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