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Release Date:
11 January 1940 (USA) See more »
"Check Your Hat, Mister!" (They''ll take your shirt before the night is over!) See more »
Jo (Ann Dvorak), a "percentage girl" at the notorious Club 46, is in despair. She can see no way out... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Preston Foster ... Dan Walters

Ann Dvorak ... Jo

Douglas Fowley ... Eddie Morgan
Wynne Gibson ... Annie
Arthur Loft ... Steve Mason

Bruce Bennett ... Budge
Eddie Acuff ... Scotty
Bradley Page ... Al

Dorothy Comingore ... Tricks (as Linda Winters)
Beatrice Blinn ... Daisy
Dick Wessel ... Henchman Willie

Peggy Shannon ... Nellie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Austin ... Peddler (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Jones (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Customer (uncredited)
James Blaine ... Cop (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Cafe Hostess (uncredited)

Betty Compson ... Cafe Hostess (uncredited)

James Craig ... Rocky (uncredited)

Lorna Gray ... Cafe Hostess (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Kitchen Helper (uncredited)
William Lally ... Cop (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Henchman (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Mr. Brown (uncredited)
Eve Lynne ... Cafe Hostess (uncredited)
George McKay ... Kennedy (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Ice Man (uncredited)
William Pawley ... Red Connolly (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Florist (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Salkow 
Writing credits
Harold Shumate (screenplay)

Tay Garnett (story) and
Howard Higgin (story)

Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline (director of photography) (as Benjamin Kline)
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
Mike Lally .... stunts (uncredited)
Matty Roubert .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Sidney Cutner .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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65 min
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Another chance to see Ann Dvorak, 23 July 2013
Author: warrenk-2 from Oakland, CA, USA

"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.

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