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Night Spot (1938)

A young singer, Marge Dexter, becomes involved in trouble when she works in a nightclub in which two of the band-members are in reality undercover-police officers who believe that the club is the headquarters of a dangerous gang of crooks.



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Complete credited cast:
Gashouse (as Parkyakarkus)
Flo Bradley
Marty Davis
Inspector Wayland
Willard Lorryweather


Bored with her work in an insurance office and wishing for a singing career, Marge Dexter (Joan Woodbury), goes to the Royal Beach Club for an interview with the owner, Marty Davis ('Bradley Page'). Waiting in his office she sees Davis wounding by a rival gangster, who is killed on the street thirty minutes later. Davis is arrested for the murder but Marge proves his alibi and the grateful gangster offers Marge a chance to sing in his club, and assigns "Gashouse' (Harry Parke, as Parkyakarkus) as her bodyguard. Police Inspector Wayland isn't convinced that Davis is totally innocent, and he assigns two officers who also play in the police band, Pete Cooper (Allan Lane)and Riley (Gordon Jones)to get work in the nightclub's orchestra and keep their eyes. Pete keeps his eyes mostly on Marge. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlinks.net>

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Young love in the meshes of under-world terror. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

25 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Noites da Cidade  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the Motion Picture Herald, Robert Middlemass was a cast member in this film, but was cut before release. See more »


Pete Cooper: There's no rest for the honest.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are lit up as light bulbs on a marquis. See more »


There's Only One Way to Say 'I Love You'
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Herman Ruby
Sung by Joan Woodbury (uncredited) at the nightclub
Also partially sung a cappella by Allan Lane (uncredited)
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Use Woodbury to Soap Away Those Spots
10 October 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a zippy little comedy-mystery as Joan Woodbury honestly alibis nightclub owner Bradley Page and the police, in the person of Alan Lane, try to break her story. The cast includes Jack Carson in an early sizable role and Cecil Kellaway. It is headlined by Parkyakarkus, a popular dialect comedian of the era. The movie moves along at a good clip. Only Joan Woodbury is less than excellent, and she's pretty bad.

Longtime director Christy Cabanne, usually held to be the least of D.W. Griffith's disciples was near the end of his string of good B movies for major studios at this point. Shortly he would retreat into westerns and cheap independent productions like the 'Scattergood Baines' series, but here, given a bit of a budget, he shows us a good short feature with lots of classical camera movement.

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