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The Longest Night (1936)

Kept overnight by police investigating a murder, department store owner Charley Phelps and sales clerk Joan Sutton solve the mystery, defeat a gang of thieves, and fall in love.

Director:

Errol Taggart

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay) (as Robert Andrews), Cortland Fitzsimmons (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Young ... Charley Phelps
Florence Rice ... Joan Sutton
Ted Healy ... Police Sergeant Magee
Julie Haydon ... Eve Sutton
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Wilson G. Wilson, a Customer
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Briggs, Carl's Mother
Leslie Fenton ... Carl Briggs
Sidney Toler ... Captain Holt
Paul Stanton ... Mr. Grover, Head Buyer for the Store
Etienne Girardot ... Kendrick Kinney
Tommy Bupp ... Albert Wilson
Samuel S. Hinds ... Hastings, Store Manager
Minor Watson ... Hardy, Store Security
Kitty McHugh Kitty McHugh ... Midge Riley, a Salesgirl
Olin Howland ... Smythe, Floorwalker
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Storyline

Kept overnight by police investigating a murder, department store owner Charley Phelps and sales clerk Joan Sutton solve the mystery, defeat a gang of thieves, and fall in love.

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Genres:

Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Sem Fim See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thought to be the shortest feature ever produced by MGM (the title notwithstanding!). See more »

Connections

Remade as The Big Store (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Longest Night
Music and Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
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User Reviews

Flawed, but interesting
19 September 2011 | by vincentlynch-moonoiSee all my reviews

As I watched this film I thought that "The Longest Night" was an incredibly short film, and indeed, it is apparently the shortest feature film MGM ever made. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining little murder mystery that's well worth a watch of under one hour.

There is a problem here, however. The director and writers tried to make a film that was both a mystery AND a comedy. There are elements of both here, but it's a mix that doesn't quite work. They might better have made a mystery OR a comedy. There are fine comedy bits here, as well as fine dramatic moments, but they don't mesh.

The performances, however, are quite good. Robert Young may be the only person in the film you readily know, and he is quite good here. And although you won't probably know many of the other actors is this B film, you'll recognize many of them. Two are worth mentioning, albeit in a negative sense. Did either Ted Healy (earlier associated with The Three Stooges") or Sidney Toler (of Charlie Chan fame) actually have any acting ability????? I guess this sounds like a negative review, although I don't mean it to be. This was an entertaining film...and a little different...and worth watching with a t.v. tray and dinner in front of the television. But just once.


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