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Murder in the Night (1939)

Murder in Soho (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | February 1939 (UK)
The Cotton Club in London's Soho district is operated by American gangster Steve Marco who, when Joe Lane threatens to tell the police of his past, has no qualms about killing him as he ... See full summary »


Norman Lee


F. McGrew Willis (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack La Rue ... Steve Marco
Sandra Storme ... Ruby Lane
Bernard Lee ... Roy Barnes
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... Inspt. Hammond
James Hayter ... Nick Green
Googie Withers ... Lola Matthews
Drue Leyton ... Myrtle
Arthur O'Connell ... Lefty
Edmon Ryan ... Spike
Francis Lister ... Joe
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Mike
Diana Beaumont ... Girl
Zillah Bateman Zillah Bateman
Renee Gadd Renee Gadd ... Woman in Police Station
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Drunk


The Cotton Club in London's Soho district is operated by American gangster Steve Marco who, when Joe Lane threatens to tell the police of his past, has no qualms about killing him as he figures if he could outwit America's G-Men, he has little to fear from Scotland Yard. Joe's body is found in Greek Street, and Inspector Hammond questions everybody employed at Steve's club where Joe was last seen. The investigation yields nothing until dance hostess Ruby Lane, wife of the murdered man gives away a vital clue - a priceless string of pearls he had been teasing her with that Hammond decides is now in possession of the killer. Ruby, acting on orders and with Steve watching her, breaks a string of imitation pearls which Steve promptly offers to replace, much to the chagrin of newspaper reporter Roy Barnes who is in love with her. Steve takes Ruby to dinner at his flat where he gives her the promised pearls. Later, at the club, she gives them to Barnes to give to Inspector Hammond but is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The rapid-fire story of an underworld mobster with a social bee in his bonnet and a rod on his hip!


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

February 1939 (UK) See more »

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Murder in the Night See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Dull And Lifeless
22 August 2004 | by NoirFan62See all my reviews

A dreadfully boring, dull and lifeless "crime" film that was originally released in the UK as MURDER IN SOHO in 1939 and then released in the States as MURDER IN THE NIGHT in 1940. I watched this last night and even at about only 70 minutes, the film dragged and nearly had me nodding off a couple of times. The film stars Jack La Rue as this big time night club owner and "criminal" who wants only things that the finer parts of life can offer. La Rue actually comes off as likable and is hard to take seriously as a gangster. As a matter of fact, if you look quickly at him from time to time, he resembles Ricky Ricardo! Sandra Storme gives a horrid performance as the new night club act who's help is requested by Scotland Yard to help put an end to La Rue's "criminal reign". A total of four gunshots are fired in the film and there is absolutely no action. Instead you get nearly 70 minutes of hokey dialogue, song and dance and terrible stabs at comedic relief. All in all, a pretty awful movie.

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