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Night Key (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | 2 May 1937 (USA)
The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system is kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies.

Director:

Lloyd Corrigan

Writers:

Tristram Tupper (screenplay), Jack Moffitt (screenplay) (as John C. Moffitt) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... David Mallory
Warren Hull ... Jim Travers (as J. Warren Hull)
Jean Rogers ... Joan Mallory
Alan Baxter ... John Baron aka The Kid
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Petty Louie
Samuel S. Hinds ... Stephen Ranger (as Samuel Hinds)
David Oliver ... Mike Callahan
Ward Bond ... Fingers
Frank Reicher ... Carl
Edwin Maxwell ... Kruger
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The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system is kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies.

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

2 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alerte la nuit See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This B picture was shot in 27 days for $192,000. This was 6 days and $17,000 over the initial budget and due to director Lloyd Corrigan's inexperience and star Boris Karloff's insistence that union rules regarding an 8-hour day be obeyed. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Boris Karloff (1996) See more »

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Karloff Always Delivers
16 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Boris Karloff plays an inventor of high-tech burglar alarm systems. Twenty years before he was ripped off by crooked Samuel S. Hinds, who took full credit for his invention and built a thriving security business out of it. Now Boris has invented a system to top his old one. He makes the boneheaded decision to trust Hinds again and is again ripped off. So he teams with small-time thief Petty Louie to break into places and make Hinds look bad, leaving behind notes signed Night Key. But then a gang of crooks kidnaps Karloff and forces him to help them commit real robberies.

It's a mix of science fiction and crime picture. Karloff is excellent as always. I don't think I've ever seen a bad Boris Karloff picture. Petty Louie, played by Hobart Cavanaugh, is lots of fun. Samuel S. Hinds plays a villainous role very far removed from Peter Bailey. Alan Baxter and Ward Bond are the two most noteworthy gang members. Only drawback is the insipid romantic subplot between Karloff's daughter Jean Rogers and security guard Warren Hull, but it doesn't intrude on things too much. It's a fun movie Karloff fans will love.


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