19 user 8 critic

Night World (1932)

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


Hobart Henley


P.J. Wolfson (story), Allen Rivkin (story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Michael Rand
Mae Clarke ... Ruth Taylor
Boris Karloff ... 'Happy' MacDonald
Dorothy Revier ... Jill MacDonald
Russell Hopton ... Klauss
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Rand
Clarence Muse ... Tim Washington, the Doorman
Dorothy Peterson ... Edith Blair
Bert Roach ... Tommy
George Raft ... Ed Powell
Gene Morgan ... Joe
Huntley Gordon ... Jim
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... The Policeman
Arletta Duncan ... Cigarette Girl


"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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Did You Know?


The costumes the chorus girls wear in the second number (which ends act one) are reused from the "Happy Feet" number from King of Jazz (1930) See more »


'Happy' MacDonald: Never give a sucker an even break.
Ed Powell: I never give anybody an even break.
See more »


Featured in The Universal Story (1996) See more »


Who's Your Little Who-Zis?
Written by Ben Bernie, Al Goering and Walter Hirsch
See more »

User Reviews

Boris Karloff as a fast talking gangster?
2 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

NIGHT WORLD is an interesting hour for film buffs (running time 58 minutes) It was made at Universal Studios in 1932 using cast members from their famed monster films. Of course, the headliner is Boris Karloff as Happy McDonald, the owner of a midtown Manhattan nightclub. He's a fast talking gangster who is not afraid to use his glib talk, his fists or his gun. In FRANKENSTEIN, Mae Clarke, was kinda drab, and not very pretty. Here she shows she's a spunky, funny and sexy actress. Bert Roach, of MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE turns up as an annoying drunk. The rest of the cast includes young Lew Ayres, Hedda Hopper, George Raft and Robert Emmet O'Connor. Busby Berkeley supervised the sparse dance numbers, and his trademark, naughty camera angles are here. I had a lot of fun with it.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





English | French

Release Date:

5 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night World See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed