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Midnight Court (1937)

Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

Don Ryan (original and screen play), Kenneth Gamet (original and screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Dvorak ... Carol O'Neill
John Litel ... Victor Shanley
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Bob Terrill
Joseph Crehan ... Judge Frederick J. Thompson
William B. Davidson ... Alfred H. Kruger (as William Davidson)
Stanley Fields ... 'Slim' Jacobs
Walter Miller ... Police Lt. Jerry Burke
John Sheehan ... 'Clouter' Hoag
Bill Elliott ... City Attorney Seabrook (as Gordon Elliott)
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Superior Court Judge
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Bailiff Turner (as Harrison Green)
Charley Foy ... Dutch (as Charles Foy)
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Louie Rennick
Lyle Moraine Lyle Moraine ... Harry Jills
George Offerman Jr. ... Adolph Nodle
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Victor Shanley had once been New York City's most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to drinking and alcoholism. Dismissed from office in disgrace and divorced by his wife, Carol, Shanley soon found himself a gutter-drunk. But when hired by gangster Al Kruger, racketeer in charge of a hot-car ring, Shanley is soon back on top and made rich in the process, and relishing the revenge he had taken on the law-and-order faction he bitterly thought had done him an injustice. Shanley befriends a young engineer, Bob Terrell, who had inadvertently gotten mixed up with Kruger's mob, and gets Bob a job with an aircraft-factory in Tennessee. But Kruger, fearful that Bob might have knowledge that will incriminate him, has his henchman "Slim" Jacobs murder the young man. Shanley vows to get revenge on Kruger. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A DOWN-and-OUT LAWYER, by DEFENDING A RACKETEER and HIS MOB, MAKES A COME-BACK TO FAME

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justice After Dark See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Let's Put Our Heads Together
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played at Victor Shanley's party
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B movie from Warners
1 September 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

John Litel and Ann Dvorak star in "Midnight Court," a 1937 B movie from Warners.

Litel plays Victor Shanley, an ex-DA who turned to drink, was removed from office and divorced by his wife Carol (Dvorak). He basically becomes a bum. One night, gangster Al Kruger, the head of a hot-car ring, spots Shanley in a bar. Seeing that he's down and out, he's able to hire Shanley to represent the crooks he hires.

Soon Shanley is riding high defending criminals and socking it to the law and order who had gotten rid of him. A young friend of Shanley's, Bob Terrell, was involved in the mob, and to get him out, Shanley gets him a job with an aircraft factory in another state. A situation arises and Shanley knows he has to turn the tables and bring down Kruger.

This is a fast-moving film with nice performances all around. I always remember that John Litel played Nancy Drew's father. He was a solid character actor (and a war hero) who enjoyed a long career, dating back to the 1920s. He was rarely a lead, but here he does a fine job. Ann Dvorak is a delight as his ex-wife, who is still there for him.


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