7.6/10
49
3 user 1 critic

Night Club Scandal (1937)

Approved | | Romance, Thriller | 11 November 1937 (USA)
When Dr. Ernest Tindal's wife is murdered, evidence mounts to convict her lover, Frank Marian. But Frank knows he didn't do it.....

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Barrymore lampoons himself. A famous actor, given to drink, nearly destroys the show, but his leading lady returns to save it. Meanwhile a young girl tries to reform him.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: John Barrymore, Mary Beth Hughes, Gregory Ratoff
Svengali (1931)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Romance in the Dark is a 1938 film directed by H. C. Potter and starring Gladys Swarthout, John Boles, John Barrymore, and Claire Dodd. It is one of five movies produced by Paramount in the... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Gladys Swarthout, John Boles, John Barrymore
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what ... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: John Barrymore, Peter Holden, Virginia Weidler
Midnight (1939)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A chorus girl stranded in Paris is set up by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man, while being romantically pursued by a cab driver.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: John S. Robertson
Stars: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier
Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore
Maytime (1937)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An elderly Miss Morrison recounts her life as the once young and beautiful opera singer Marcia Morney-then the toast of Napoleon III's Paris. One evening, she encounters an American voice ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore
Night Flight (1933)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Det. Capt. McKinley
...
Frank Marsh
...
...
...
Mrs. Elvira Ward
...
Mrs. Alvin
...
Dr. Sully
...
Duffy
...
Broun
...
Alcott
Leonard Willey ...
Dr. Goodman
...
Messenger Boy
Edit

Storyline

Dr. Ernest Tindal kills his wife and plants clues pointing to her lover, Frank Marsh. Vera, Frank's sister, enlists the aid or reporter Russell Kirk in proving the innocence of her brother. Detective McKinley thinks that gangster Jack Reed is involved and shoots Reed when he attempts to escape. Reed gets away but goes to Dr. Tindal for treatment of his wound and Tindal kills him on the operating table. Kirk has uncovered some new evidence and confronts Tindal with it. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Mistério do Cabaré  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Version of Guilty as Hell (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Tears
Sung by Evelyn Brent
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A remake of the superior 1932 film "Guilty as Hell"
7 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

The original film - 1932's "Guilty as Hell" is a great little movie, mainly because of the chemistry between the two leads, Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe. Here the leads have all been replaced by stars who were slipping in their box office demand by the mid 1930's or were B players to begin with, although I think the performances are good here by all save one - Lynne Overman, who plays the role of the reporter that was Edmund Lowe's part in the 1932 film. He's very annoying in the first half, but he improves to the point that he's endurable by the second half. Also, it's never really explained in this remake why reporter Kirk thinks he can waltz into police detective McKinley's office anytime he feels like it.

In case you've never seen the original, this film is about the resolution of a murder case in which the young wife of a doctor is found strangled in her home. At the beginning of the film you see that her husband, Dr. Tindal (John Barrymore) is actually the guilty party, and you get to see him set up the murder scene so that the murder is pinned on her boyfriend. Thus the murder is just Tindal's way of getting even with both his unfaithful wife and the man she really loves. Things seem to be going Dr. Tindal's way until reporter Russell Kirk falls for the accused man's sister and does some further digging.

This film is almost a frame by frame remake of the original, and I knew that before I watched it. The main reason to view it is to see John Barrymore doing a good job in a lead role after Hollywood had largely written him off when alcoholism began to interfere with his ability to remember lines and even project emotion on screen to some degree. The few places where there are differences between this film and "Guilty as Hell" has to do with the production code. In 1932, you actually see the doctor strangle his wife, here you do not. In 1932, reporter Russell Kirk is spouting off all kinds of suggestive remarks, here he's just annoying. Finally, the way the doctor fools people into believing that his wife is alive when he leaves the apartment the night he kills her, thus giving himself an alibi, has been changed due to the fact that technology has rendered the original method obsolete.

I'd recommend this film just to see John Barrymore, but if you want to see this same story done right in all of its precode glory, watch 1932's "Guilty as Hell".


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page