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Under Cover of Night (1937)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Mystery | 8 January 1937 (USA)
A crazed, philandering professor prevents his studious wife from leaving him by committing the perfect murder.


George B. Seitz


Bertram Millhauser (original story), Bertram Millhauser (screen play)


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Credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Christopher Cross
Florence Rice ... Deb Reed
Nat Pendleton ... Sergeant Lucks
Henry Daniell ... Marvin Griswald
Sara Haden ... Janet Griswald
Dean Jagger ... Alan Shaw
Frank Reicher ... Rudolph Brehmer
Zeffie Tilbury ... Mrs. Nash
Henry Kolker ... District Attorney Pritchard
Marla Shelton ... Tonya Van Horne
Theodore von Eltz ... John Lamont
Dorothy Peterson ... Susan Nash
Harry Davenport ... Dr. Reed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Arthur ... Dr. Busby - Coroner


A crazed, philandering professor prevents his studious wife from leaving him by committing the perfect murder.

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YOU KNOW! WHILE HE GUESSES! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Action | Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sous le voile de la nuit See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Robert McWade is listed as a cast member in the Hollywood Reporter for the film "Under Cover of Night (1937)," but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

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Nice Cast but Disappointing Results
27 November 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Under Cover of Night (1937)

** (out of 4)

A physics professor is stepping down from the main position of his university so a group of teachers are anxiously awaiting who he will name as a successor. One of the men, Prof. Griswald (Henry Daniell) kills his wife after she threatens to reveal that every "he" knows is actually her work. From this point on he must try and locate a book that proves he doesn't know what he claims and he will kill anyone he has to. A sleuth (Edmund Lowe) begins to investigate with the help of a woman (Florence Rice) and a dimwitted cop (Nat Pendleton). This MGM production features an attractive cast but sadly the story itself just isn't interesting enough to keep you entertained throughout the rather short 70-minute running time. I think the biggest problem is that the screenplay just doesn't offer us anything we haven't seen before and seen countless times already. There are countless scenes where our killer takes a huge chance and with very little to gain. Take for example the scene where he murders his wife who simply has a bad heart. In a rather unintentionally funny sequence, he throws her beloved dog out the window, killing it and the wife then drops dead of a heart attack. The entire murder sequence doesn't really work because it depends on the husband knowing that this would kill the wife and if it hadn't then he really would have been in trouble. Even other murder pieces are pushed onto other suspects but the way this is done just doesn't work and isn't a bit believable. The cast does what they can with Lowe once again giving a decent, laid-back performance where he walks and talks with a cool breeze. Daniell was always good at playing this stiff, dark characters and he does a fine job as well. Pendleton's comic relief isn't really funny but this is due to the rather lame jokes and not his performance. Sara Haden, best known for her role as the Aunt in the Andy Hardy series, steals the show as the wife in her few scenes. Dean Jagger and Harry Davenport appear as well.

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