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New York Nights (1929)

A chorus girl with marital woes is pursued by a gangster.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Jules Furthman (adaptation), Hugh Stanislaus Stange (play) (as Hugh Stanislaws Stange)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Norma Talmadge ... Jill Deverne
Gilbert Roland ... Fred Deverne
John Wray ... Joe Prividi
Lilyan Tashman ... Peggy
Mary Doran ... Ruthie Day (as Mary Koran)
Roscoe Karns ... Johnny Dolan
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Storyline

Chorus girl Jill and composer Fred are happily married until he steps out on her with another woman. Tired of his ongoing alcoholism and heartbroken, Jill decides to leave him and live it up, though she must contend with the unwanted advances of a notorious gangster who will stop at nothing to make her his mistress. And when she considers taking Fred back, matters could get deadly fast. Written by cupcakes

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noches de Nueva York See more »

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Runtime:

(1938 re-release) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It first aired in Cincinnati Tuesday 27 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

Before putting a pot of coffee on the stove, Jill uses a wooden match to light the burner, while never once looking at the match. She shakes the match to put it out, but it flares up again as she drops it on top of a cabinet next to the stove. She then puts the coffee pot on the burner and walks off camera to look out the window. See more »

Quotes

Jill Deverne: [Norma Talmadge's first line of spoken dialogue on film - said down a dumbwaiter shaft to who she thinks is the iceman] Twenty-five pounds. And don't give my chunk a twice-over shave.
Joe Prividi: [said up the dumbwaiter shaft after sending up a stolen box of flowers with a note for her birthday] Good morning, Jill.
Jill Deverne: Good morning, Mr. Prividi.
Joe Prividi: Mrs. Deverne, as I wished ya' wasn't.
Jill Deverne: You stop this silly flower business! Do you hear me?
Joe Prividi: Why? It's your boithday, ain' it, huh?
Jill Deverne: Well, who told you to celebrate it?
Joe Prividi: My ...
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Featured in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991) See more »

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A Year From Today
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Dreyer, Al Jolson and Ballard MacDonald
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A bit dated...
10 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Perhaps "New York Nights" worked better when it debuted back in 1929. When seen today, however, the film comes up wanting in many ways-- with some stilted acting and a completely ridiculous ending.

When the film begins, Fred (Gilbert Roland) is running around with his buddy getting drunk and chasing when in a speakeasy. Once again, when he returns home he lies to his wife Jill (Norma Talmadge). She believes him at first as well as his recent promise to reform but when an acquaintance reveals the truth, she's had enough.

For much of the rest of the film, Jill lives a wild life with wild parties--all in an effort to not think about her now ex-husband. But when she meets him in court after she's been out on a bender and he's a hobo, they reconcile...but what about the gangster that has fallen in love with her? Will he simply allow Fred to come home and step aside for the guy or will it be curtains?

This film is only mildly interesting and no more. Not a terrible film but certainly NOT a very good one either.


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