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What Happens at Night (1939)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Fantasy | 30 May 1939 (USA)
As night falls, the metal-rooster on the weather vane comes to life and, winging his way to an old mill, rouses a scarecrow and a swarm of bug en-route. Soon, the creatures of the night ... See full summary »

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As night falls, the metal-rooster on the weather vane comes to life and, winging his way to an old mill, rouses a scarecrow and a swarm of bug en-route. Soon, the creatures of the night gather in an improvised auditorium in the old mill, and the place is soon rocking and rolling with the singing and dancing provided by the night-crawling nightclub crowd. The festivities cease when dawn breaks and the creatures and things that stir in the night become quiet again. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Dead of the Night's High Noon
4 March 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The sun sets. The windmills stop turning. The weathercock on the steeple crows on the coming night and the scarecrow bestirs himself to go to...where? Connie Rasinski starts out this early Technicolor very well, with a nice, creepy look, with hints of Arte Moderne by the background artist and a better than usual score by Paul Terry's musical director, Philip Scheib. Once it hits the halfway mark, it turns into the usual collection of Terrytoon comedy gags, well in prosaically offered. Scheib's score becomes less ominous and thus less interesting. What need to fear night? Still, at this stage, Terry's staff is feeling out how to deal with Technicolor and the larger budgets that went wit it. Half a very good movie is worth watching, even the sections that are simply decent.


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