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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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Her First ALL TALKING Picture See more »

Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1938 re-release) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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(1928). Stage Play: Tin Pan Alley. Written by Hugh Stanislaus Stange. Directed by Lester Lonergan. Biltmore Theatre: 1 Nov 1928- Dec 1928 (closing date unknown/69 performances). Cast: John Abrams (as "One of the Three Jolly Good Fellows"), Ward Argo (as "One of the Rialto Rounders Roger Bacon (as "Her Son"), George Bleasdale (as "One of the Three Jolly Good Fellows"), Claudette Colbert, Dorthy Farnum (as "Old Lady"), Claire Farrell (as "One of the Small Timers"), Richard Finley (as "One of the Three Jolly Good Fellows"), Marian Florance (as "Suburbanite"), Norman Foster (as "Fred Moran"), Arthur Gaby (as "One of the Small Timers"), Arnold Goodrow (as "Escort"), John Graham (as "Suburbanite"), Alton Hamilton (as "Suburbanite"), Henry Hammond (as "Escort"), Horbert Harwood (as "Gyp"), John O. Hewitt (as "Brakeman"), Herbert Heywood (as "Pete"), Marjorie Hubert (as "Mrs."), Charlotte Hunt (as "Dumb Dora"), Mortimer Hunt (as "Mr."), Curtis Karpe (as "Tony Costero"), Donald Lashley (as "Porter"), Melvin Leewood (as "One of the Small Timers"), Sam Levene (as "Telephone Troublehunter"), Arline Lloyd (as "Suburbanite"), George M. Lloyd (as "Conductor"), David Manning (as "Jake"), Marica Manning (as "Ruthie Day"), Constance McKay (as "Peggy Loree"), William Nally (as "Bull"), Edgar Nelson (as "Johnny Dolan"), William A. Norton (as "Sgt. Dillon"), Walter Powers (as "Wop"), Marie Preston (as "Suburbanite"), Ramon Racomar (as "Georgie Dunn"), George Rogers (as "Detective Hogan"), Irving Sklar (as "Old Lady"), William Truda (as "One of the Rialto Rounders"), Grace Walsh (as "Rio Rita Girl"), Mildred Waterbury (as "Rio Rita Girl"), Marion Waters (as "One of the Small Timers"), Ben Welden (as "Isadore Marks"), Bert Wilcox (as "Charlie Roseberg"), John Wray (as "Joe Prividi"), Donald Wynne (as "Porter"). Produced by Harry Lang and Henry B. Forbes. Note: Filmed by Joseph M. Schenck Productions [distributed by United Artists] as New York Nights (1929). 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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Connections

Featured in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

A Year From Today
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Dreyer, Al Jolson and Ballard MacDonald
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Norma Talmadge is no Lena Lamont.
21 March 2012 | by anches-725-976306See all my reviews

It is difficult for me to mark this picture as the copy I have is of very poor quality in visual and sound. I have seen Norma Talmadge in "DuBarry" and on the evidence of these two films, it certainly was not her voice that ended her career. I think it was simply a matter of her increasing age and weight. Apparently she was 34/35, but at times looks more like 50 and there is clearly a thickening of the neckline and Queen Mothering of the upper arms. A previous reviewer has mentioned the arrival of a new set of younger faces at this time (Joan Blondell and Jean Harlow, for instance),but ironically, only a couple of years after Talmadge's retirement, the big new star was a forty year old, overweight woman with just the type of accent which was supposed to have ended Norma's career, namely, Mae West. The young Gilbert Roland has very much the appearance of his namesake, John Gilbert and the same Latin charm as his friend and fellow Mexican, Ramon Novarro. As is to be expected, the film is tied down by the static microphone, but not as obviously as, say, "Lights of New York". Sadly, my copy is shorn of several minutes; there is one complete song and some musical snippets in the party scene but no sign of Al Jolson in a cameo role.From what I see, however, the film had potential which, somehow, just didn't come to fruition. Returning to the matter of "Lights of New York", not only do these films share a similar title, but even the endings are not a million miles from each other!


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