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Night Waitress (1936)

Helen Roberts, who's on probation, goes back to work as a waitress at Torre's Fish Palace, a San Francisco waterfront dive. The customers are low characters trying to make time with Helen ... See full summary »


Lew Landers


Marcus Goodrich (screen play), Golda Draper (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Margot Grahame ... Helen Roberts
Gordon Jones ... Martin Rhodes
Vinton Hayworth ... George Skinner (as Vinton Haworth)
Marc Lawrence ... Dorn (as Marc Laurence)
Billy Gilbert ... Torre
Don 'Red' Barry ... Mario Rigo (as Donald Barry)
Otto Yamaoka ... Fong
Paul Stanton ... District Attorney
Arthur Loft ... Borgum
Walter Miller ... Police Inspector


Helen Roberts, who's on probation, goes back to work as a waitress at Torre's Fish Palace, a San Francisco waterfront dive. The customers are low characters trying to make time with Helen and ex-rum runners trying to make a dishonest dollar. Some of the latter, including Helen's unwelcome suitor Martin Rhodes, are after a mysterious, valuable hidden "cargo"; when violence erupts, Helen finds herself innocently involved, and is soon on the run from both cops and crooks. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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TOO DANGEROUS FOR ANY MAN TO LOVE... too lovely for any man to forget? See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

18 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Anthony Quinn. See more »


While on the ferry Helen and Martin admire the Bay Bridge under construction, prior to the addition of its decking. Yet a few minutes earlier as the ferry departed the pier the Bay Bridge was clearly seen with a completed deck. See more »


Fong: When lady's skirt come in door, man's shirt go out window.
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The Monkeys have no Tails in Zamboanga
Music by Don Raye and Vic Schoen
Lyrics by Jerry Seelen and Hy Zaret
Performed by Gordon Jones
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Decent Crime Drama
9 November 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Night Waitress (1936)

** (out of 4)

Decent crime picture from Lew Landers has Helen Roberts (Margot Grahame) getting a waitress job after being put on probation for a crime the police think she knew about but couldn't really prove. Once working the woman gets involved with a young man (Gordon Jones) but what she doesn't know is that this location is a hot spot for gangster crime and soon she's threatened with going back to jail. There's romance, crime and drama here but none of the three things are exactly done good. For the most part this is just a 57-minute "B" picture that was obviously made to play second tier to something much bigger and as long as you don't take it too serious or expect too much you should at least be slightly entertained. I think Landers does a nice job with what he has to work with as he at least keeps the picture moving at a fast pace and for the most part the seedy locations feel real. Both Grahame and Jones do a nice job in the leads and help carry the picture and we also get to see Billy Gilbert in the role of the restaurant owner. If you look quick you can even spot a very young Anthony Quinn in a few spots. The biggest problem with the picture is that nothing ever really works well enough to make the film a good one. Still, fans who enjoy these forgotten, low-budget pictures will still want to check it out.

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