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Midnight Intruder (1938)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  6 February 1938 (USA)
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A former actor poses as the son of a wealthy man and gets involved in a murder in which the real son is a suspect.



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Complete credited cast:
Barry Gilbert, posing as John Clark Reitter Jr.
J.C. Nugent ...
'Doc' Norton
Barbara Read ...
Patricia Hammond
Irving Bacon ...
Evans - The Reitter Chauffeur
Robert Greig ...
Willetts, the Reitter Butler
Pierre Watkin ...
Attorney Peter Winslow
Sheila Bromley ...
Peggy Reitter, posing as Peggy Rogers
Paul Everton ...
John Clark Reitter Sr.
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. John Clark Reitter Sr.
Joseph Crehan ...
Newspaper Editor Bill Harwoodod
Judge Hammond
Jan Duggan ...
Mrs. Randolph


Barry Gilbert and "Doc" Norton, broke and hungry, enter the unoccupied Reitter country estate. Soon, servants begin to arrive to prepare to welcome home the prodigal son, John Clark Reitter, Jr., of a newspaper-publisher, who has been away for several years and whom none of the servants know by sight. Barry decides to pose as Junior. The real Reitter (Jr.), before he can reach home, is arrested for murder and his wife, Peggy, appeals to Barry for aid. With the help of a newspaperman and an attorney he manages to establish Reitter's innocence. He also finds time to fall in love with Patricia Hammond and gets a job as a reporter on Reitter's newspaper. Written by Les Adams <>

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6 February 1938 (USA)  »

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Intruso Noturno  »

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Spoiling a masquerade
7 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It was a pretty lucky turn of events that left down and out Louis Hayward and his friend J.C. Nugent fresh from being cleaned out at the racetrack at the abandoned home of a rich family. These two really hit the jackpot when it is assumed that Hayward is the long lost son of the wealthy family that owns the house. Pretty good for a pair of Midnight Intruders.

But the real scion of this society family is living with his wife under an assumed name and under that name Eric Linden has been arrested for murder. The wife of Linden Sheila Bromley goes to Hayward and won't spoil his masquerade if he'll help clear her husband.

Hayward's getting kind of used to this easy living and with the most charm in film this side of David Niven it all kind of works out in the end.

This is a nice breezy comedy with a role that fits Louis Hayward like a glove. I'm rediscovering Hayward and you classic film fans should do so as well.

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