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Murder in the Night (1939)
"Murder in Soho" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  February 1939 (UK)
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The Cotton Club in London's Soho district is operated by American gangster Steve Marco who, when Joe Lane threatens to tell the police of his past, has no qualms about killing him as he ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Jack La Rue ...
Steve Marco
Sandra Storme ...
Ruby Lane
Roy Barnes
Martin Walker ...
Inspector Hammond
James Hayter ...
Nick Green
Lola Matthews
Drue Leyton ...
Edmon Ryan ...
Francis Lister ...
Alf Goddard ...


The Cotton Club in London's Soho district is operated by American gangster Steve Marco who, when Joe Lane threatens to tell the police of his past, has no qualms about killing him as he figures if he could outwit America's G-Men, he has little to fear from Scotland Yard. Joe's body is found in Greek Street, and Inspector Hammond questions everybody employed at Steve's club where Joe was last seen. The investigation yields nothing until dance hostess Ruby Lane, wife of the murdered man gives away a vital clue - a priceless string of pearls he had been teasing her with that Hammond decides is now in possession of the killer. Ruby, acting on orders and with Steve watching her, breaks a string of imitation pearls which Steve promptly offers to replace, much to the chagrin of newspaper reporter Roy Barnes who is in love with her. Steve takes Ruby to dinner at his flat where he gives her the promised pearls. Later, at the club, she gives them to Barnes to give to Inspector Hammond but is ... Written by Les Adams <>

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The rapid-fire story of an underworld mobster with a social bee in his bonnet and a rod on his hip!


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early effort in 3 careers.
2 July 2009 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Given that the other reviews on this film come from the US i thought that i would give a British viewpoint.There are 3 actors in this film at the beginnings of their respective careers.Firstly there is Bernard Lee in his 7th film playing a journalist investigating a nightclub shooting.This being a quota quickie we do not get to see his newspaper office for reasons of economy.Googie Withers is here playing in her 16th film since her film career started in 1935.Finally James Hayter long before he became associated with Mr Kiplings Cakes or ended up behind the counter in Grace Brothers. As the producers obviously wanted to sell the film to the States they have cast Jack La Rue as the night club owner and his 2 henchman have dreadful American accents.La Rue rather resembles Eduardo Cianelli but with half the menace. Unfortunately it isn't a very good film and some of the acting is so awful it has to be seen to be believed.So not one of the shining moments of British cinema.

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