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Night World (1932)

Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.

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Complete credited cast:
... Michael Rand
... Ruth Taylor
... 'Happy' MacDonald
... Jill MacDonald
... Klauss
... Mrs. Rand
... Tim Washington, the Doorman
... Edith Blair
... Tommy
... Ed Powell
... Joe
... Jim
... The Policeman
... Cigarette Girl
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"Happy" MacDonald and his unfaithful wife own a Prohibition era night club. On this eventful night, he is threatened by bootleggers, and the club's star dancer falls in love with a young socialite who drinks to forget a personal tragedy, among other incidents. Written by Anonymous

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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Mae Clarke and Boris Karloff had co-starred the previous year in Frankenstein (1931). See more »

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Tim Washington, the Doorman: Most all them folks is starving for something, and it ain't food. They comes in here and eats and dances and hugs themselves up to a woman,and for a while they think they're happy. Then they comes out, and the world is just as cold and empty as it was before. That's real starvin', Mr. Ryan.
Officer Ryan: Why, Tim, you're a philospher.
Tim Washington, the Doorman: Am I? You don't say so. That ain't what my wife Mary says. She says I'm just a fool-talkin' old colored man.
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Who's Your Little Who-Zis?
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Written by Ben Bernie, Al Goering and Walter Hirsch
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Odd little film for buffs
5 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Poor Mae Clark was in loads of films yet is most known for getting a grapefruit in the kisser from James Cagney in 'Public Enemy.' So it's nice to see her in a part with a few more brains. She is just part of an odd mixed-salad of a cast. Some, like Boris Karloff as an awkwardly gangly night-club owner, and Bert Roach as a silly drunk, seem to be in strange waters. Others, like Lew Ayers and George Raft, get roles typical of their young careers. Though she has only one scene in this very short film, Hedda Hopper steals the show as the world's worst mother.

The only character to really warm to is The Doorman, Tim Washington (Clarence Muse). He is clearly in a horrible situation which those around pity at best and ignore at worst. So many African-American roles in the white films of the '30s are painful to watch, but Muse brings something special to this thankless part.

Cinematographer Merritt Gerstad shows an inventive eye both in the opening montage and in scenes that would otherwise be nothing to look at. And of course, we get brief Busby Berkeley numbers, which would never really work in a night club, but allowances must be made for Hollywood.


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