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Night Court (1932)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 4 June 1932 (USA)
Judge and his mistress are investigated on suspicions of corruption.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Bayard Veiller (by), Lenore J. Coffee (by) (as Lenore Coffee) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phillips Holmes ... Mike Thomas
Walter Huston ... Judge Andrew J. Moffett
Anita Page ... Mary Thomas
Lewis Stone ... Judge William Osgood
Mary Carlisle ... Elizabeth Osgood
John Miljan ... Crawford
Jean Hersholt ... Herman - the Janitor
Tully Marshall ... Grogan
Noel Francis ... Lil Baker
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Storyline

Judge Moffett is as crooked as they come and the Board of Judicial Corruption is after him. He sends his mistress, Lil Baker, away to prevent her from being subpoenaed to testify against him. While living in hiding Lil befriends a neighbor Mary Thomas. During a visit at Mary's apartment next door Lil accidentally drops Moffett's bankbook from her purse (showing a high balance for 1932 of $60,000). When Mary finds it she realizes it belongs to Lil and returns it. Moffett realizes Mary must have read the contents and is concerned she will share the details about the bankbook so he finagles a scheme that brings her to his court on a trumped up charge. To keep her quiet the judge sends her to prison for six months. Mike, Mary's husband, is overcome with grief; when he comes to his senses, he talks to Mary who tells him about the book. This gets Mike beat up and put on a boat to South America, but he jumps ship and plots his revenge. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

"THEY CAME IN THE NIGHT...I was all alone...they accused me..I am innocent...if you love me, believe me!" (Print Ad-Rocester Times Union,((Rochester, NY)) 2 May 1932) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bekänn! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first deposit in the bank book was made in mid-July, and the final deposit was in late August. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, we see Judge Moffett's office door. His door has "Judges' Chambers" printed on it, while it should read "Judge's Chambers" as it is his private office, and not shared by other judges. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Madigan: This Judge Moffett is a pretty gay bird. He's keeping a girl by the name of Lil Baker in a Park Avenue apartment. She's got her own auto and everything. Now you gents know what that's called.
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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Hummed by Anita Page
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Disturbing Drama
20 December 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Night Court is a gritty drama about graft and corruption in the US courts. Very well acted by a good cast, there are a few too many convenient plot devices but on the whole this is a terrific film.

Walter Huston stars as Judge Moffett, a rotten crooked judge who has a whole network of goons and thugs doing his dirty work. Lewis Stone is Judge Osgood, a crusader trying to pin Huston. Phillips Holmes and Anita Page play a sweet young couple caught up in the corruption. Noel Francis (excellent) plays Huston's cheap moll. Tully Marshall plays a goon. Mary Carlisle has a weird scene as Stone's daughter. John Miljan is a crooked lawyer. Eily Malyon plays a starving woman. Jean Hersholt is the tenement manager. Rafaella Ottiano plays a neighbor.

Huston, Francis, Page, and Holmes are all really good. I've seen Noel Francis in a few other films and wonder why she was not bigger. She's always good. Page has one of her best dramatic roles in this film.

Gritty story, good actors---worth a look!


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