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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 »

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... Steve Marco
... Ruby Lane
... Roy Barnes
Martin Walker ... Inspt. Hammond
... Nick Green
... Lola Matthews
... Myrtle
... Lefty
... Spike
... Joe
Alf Goddard ... Mike
... Girl
Zillah Bateman
Renee Gadd ... Woman in Police Station
Joss Ambler ... Drunk
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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!

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Film debut of Robert Beatty. See more »

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Featured in Lured (1947) See more »

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Time Dances On
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Written by Harris Weston
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Draggy Doings
19 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an odd mix of British crime drama and American gangster film that is a bit too slow, even at 70 minutes.

The plot has to do with a nightclub in London that's run by an American gangster. Through the doors come an assortment of quirky characters. Marco, the gangster, is running a variety of rackets on the side which the police suspect but can't prove. While people party out side Marco kills someone in his office, just as an inspector, arrives to nose around.

If that sounds exciting, it really isn't. This is a good idea, not very well handled since much of the film is taken up by scenes in the club with the various people coming having a good time. There's romance, lots of humor and some nice acting but the film has the feel of one of the quota films that were produced in England in the 1930's and 40's as a way of keeping the British film industry alive. While this produced many classics, it also produced many duds and near misses. This is a near miss.

If you see it and you don't mind a too slowly paced film, then by all means, but anyone looking for a movie that moves best look elsewhere.


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