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Murder in the Night (1939)

Murder in Soho (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | February 1939 (UK)
Soho's Cotton Club is proudly run by American Steve Marco. So when double-crossing Joe Lane threatened to tell the police of Steve's past, Joe had to be murdered. Steve was not going to have anyone destroy what had taken years to build.


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 ... 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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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for USA television presentation in New York City on WCBS (Channel 2) where its initial telecast took place Saturday 10 September 1949; it was also telecast in Chicago at the same time on WGN (Channel 9). In Los Angeles, it first aired Monday 24 October 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13), and in Boston Sunday 19 March 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). See more »


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Draggy Doings
19 April 2004 | by dbborroughsSee 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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