MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 54,257 this week

Cafe Hostess (1940)

 -  Drama  -  11 January 1940 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 14 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Jo (Ann Dvorak), a "percentage girl" at the notorious Club 46, is in despair. She can see no way out of the dreary and sordid routine of entertaining customers - called drinking and dancing... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 60 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Cafe Hostess" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cafe Hostess (1940)

Cafe Hostess (1940) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cafe Hostess.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Enchantment (1948)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Uncle Rollo finally retires to the house he was brought up in. Lost in thoughts of his lost love, Lark, he does not want to be disturbed in his last days. However, the appearance of his ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Reis
Stars: David Niven, Teresa Wright, Evelyn Keyes
Blind Alley (1939)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Gangster Hal Wilson takes psychiatrist Dr. Shelby hostage. While captive, the doctor analyzes Wilson as though he were a patient.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Chester Morris, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Dvorak
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An elderly watchmaker stops a beautiful young blonde from committing suicide by throwing herself off a bridge. They eventually marry, and things go well until a man from the woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Hugo Haas, Beverly Michaels, Robert Dane
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Alexander Main, a bail bondsman, falls for one of his "customers", a pretty gypsy girl, Maritza, who's been accused of murder.

Director: John Korty
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Geneviève Bujold, James Woods
Air Patrol (1962)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

L.A. detective Sgt. Castle and his two partners investigate the theft of a valuable Fragonard painting by a thief who pilots a helicopter.

Director: Maury Dexter
Stars: Willard Parker, Merry Anders, Robert Dix
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell
Canal Zone (1942)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A conceited, reckless society playboy, Harley Ames, arrives at Ginger Bar, a former banana-shipping depot on the edge of the Panama Canal, that has been converted to a training-and-relay ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Harriet Hilliard, John Hubbard
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story is told in flashback. Backers want a gambler to marry a rich girl for her dowry. When he double-crosses them he's murdered and the murderer blackmails the girl. Then he is murdered.

Director: James Tinling
Stars: Paul Cavanagh, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck
Gateway (1938)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Irish immigrant meets returning war correspondent on a liner bound for New York. When she resists the amours of another passenger, charges result in her being detained at Ellis Island.

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Don Ameche, Arleen Whelan, Gregory Ratoff
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two rustic families, headed by patriarchs Laban Feather and Pap Gutshall, are feuding. At first, it is comical, with just the sons of the two families playing tricks on each other. But soon... See full summary »

Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Stars: Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Director: William Berke
Stars: Edmund Lowe, Janis Carter, Robert Williams
Fighting Back (1948)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Nick Sanders is honorably discharged from the army, with a full pardon for his pre-war crimes, and settles into a happy home life with his wife, June, and their son, Jimmy, and the family ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Paul Langton, Jean Rogers, Gary Gray
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Preston Foster ...
...
Jo
...
Eddie Morgan
Wynne Gibson ...
Annie
Arthur Loft ...
Steve Mason
...
Budge
Eddie Acuff ...
Scotty
Bradley Page ...
Al
...
Tricks (as Linda Winters)
Beatrice Blinn ...
Daisy
Dick Wessel ...
Henchman Willie
Peggy Shannon ...
Nellie
Edit

Storyline

Jo (Ann Dvorak), a "percentage girl" at the notorious Club 46, is in despair. She can see no way out of the dreary and sordid routine of entertaining customers - called drinking and dancing in 1940 - and, at a signal from piano player Eddie Morgan (Douglas Fowley), rolling them for their money. Eddie, besides being brutal to her and spending all her money, is also carrying on an affair with another girl. Jo's only friend is Annie (Wynne Gibson), a former actress but now a drink-sodden derelict. Annie keeps to herself the knowledge that it was Eddie who threw the knife that killed a petty racketeer who was too attentive to Jo. Sailor Dan Walters (Preston Foster) and two of his pals arrive from a cruise and his good nature delights Joe, but at a wink from Eddie, Jo attempts to steal his money. Dan swallows his disillusionment and returns to the cafe, and he and Jo enjoy a day-long picnic together. She accepts his marriage proposal and go to an up-state town where he has a job waiting. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"How About Another Little Drink, Honey?" (It's probably loaded!) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Street of Missing Women  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Another chance to see Ann Dvorak
23 July 2013 | by (Oakland, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

"Cafe Hostess" seemed promising because of its star, Ann Dvorak, an intriguing actress whom Hollywood didn't seem to know what to do with. The film begins stylistically but immediately slows down. It's not until about midway that the drama engaged me mainly because it gives Dvorak something to do other than schmooze with potential johns while picking their pockets. Preston Foster's romantic lead performance is good even though his character is poorly written, presenting him more as a romantic ideal than a real person. I was waiting for a surprise about him that didn't happen. Wynne Gibson is fine as an aging "hostess" even though the script telegraphs early on how she will save the day. Douglas Fowley as the misogynistic gangster is properly menacing and despicable, an interesting surprise since he played the comical, exasperated film director in "Singin' in the Rain" twelve years later. I saw this film as part of a Noir festival at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Cafe Hostess (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?