A police raid on a night club results in the entire cast of the club's floor show being hauled into court, where they must perform their routines for the judge.





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Uncredited cast:
Defense Counsel (uncredited)
Joyzelle Joyner ...
Irene Tabasco, Exotic Dancer (uncredited)
Dottie Lewis ...
Flapper Singer (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)


New York's Finest raid the Paradise Night Club on West 45th Street, "where everything goes, including your bank roll." In court the next day, the defense attorney asks that each person charged be allowed to perform. Dolly Lewis, arrested for singing risqué songs, does "I ain't that kind of a baby." The orchestra plays from the jury box. The chorus line, held for murdering the black bottom, performs in frills and bathing costumes. The judge and the defense hold a colloquy about a dead waiter. Then, Irene Tobasco, charged with an improper dance in scanty attire, performs in a diaphanous gown. Is she "raw" or "well done." What will the judge decide? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Musical





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November 1927 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This short film was made at the Warner Brothers Studio during the summer of 1927, while Alan Crosland was shooting The Jazz Singer (1927) with Al Jolson on the adjacent stages. The ballerina costumes worn by the chorus girls ("charged with murdering the Black Bottom") appear to be the same costumes worn by Myrna Loy, Audrey Ferris and other chorus girls in review scenes of Jazz Singer. See more »


When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo
Written by Sammy Fain, Sam Coslow and Larry Spier
Played at the beginning, during the trial and at the end
Danced by the dance troupe
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The Night Court was a pretty enjoyable early Vitaphone sound short
29 November 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Unlike previous Vitaphone shorts I reviewed, this one has a sketch-like atmosphere and more than one musical act. One is a woman put on the stand singing about "not being that kind of girl". Then, there are some more women performers and then there's an exotic dancer (though she doesn't strip but does do some-what were considered provocative-moves then). William Demerast, who I knew originally as Uncle Charlie on "My Three Sons" which he did several decades later, plays the defending attorney and he gets a good line about a dead guy (or is he?). This was such a fascinating short subject I found on The Jazz Singer DVD. Oh, and the sound was perfect here so on that note, The Night Court is worth a look if you're interested in these vintage things...

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