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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
Deb Reed
Sergeant Lucks
Marvin Griswald
Janet Griswald
Alan Shaw
Rudolph Brehmer
Mrs. Nash
District Attorney Pritchard
Marla Shelton ...
Tonya Van Horne
John Lamont
Dorothy Peterson ...
Susan Nash
Dr. Reed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dr. Busby - Coroner


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

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Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sous le voile de la nuit  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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21 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Henry Daniell is an unethical professor in "Under Cover of Night," an MGM programmer starring Edmund Lowe and Sara Haden, a very young Dean Jagger, and Nat Pendleton.

We see the crime brought about up front, and then watch "Chris Cross" (Lowe) figure it out. It all hinges on a sort of which came first, the chicken or the egg scenario.

Professor Marvin Griswald is planning on taking credit for his wife's (Sara Haden) research and has plans for himself and a younger woman. His wife gets wind of it and is upstairs packing to leave him; Marvin has to act quickly and get his hands on her notes.

Lowe was a leading man with Broadway credits who started working in films in the teens. By this time, he was a character actor. Openly gay, he married actress Lilyan Tashman, also openly gay, probably for the sake of their careers, but the couple obviously enjoyed a great friendship. They were a very popular Hollywood couple and known for lavish entertaining and high living. When Tashman died of cancer, Lowe was at her side.

Atmospheric film movies quickly and has a very good cast.

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