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The Night of January 16th (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 November 1941 (USA)
The story revolves around three people; Tycoon Bjorn Faulkner, who is being called upon by his board of directors to explain a missing $20,000,000; Kit Lane, his secretary who also has a ... See full summary »

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Delmer Daves (screenplay), Robert Pirosh (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Preston ... Steve Van Ruyle
Ellen Drew ... Kit Lane
Nils Asther ... Bjorn Faulkner
Clarence Kolb ... Tilton
Willard Robertson ... Inspector Donegan
Cecil Kellaway ... Oscar - the Drunk
Donald Douglas ... Attorney Polk
Paul Stanton ... District Attorney
Margaret Hayes ... Nancy Wakefield
Alice White ... Flashy Blonde
Jean Phillips ... Faulkner's Secretary
Rod Cameron ... Attorney Polk's Assistant
Keith Richards ... Faulkner's Chauffeur
Paul Irving Paul Irving ... Peters - Little Detective
James Flavin ... Patrolman Kelly
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The story revolves around three people; Tycoon Bjorn Faulkner, who is being called upon by his board of directors to explain a missing $20,000,000; Kit Lane, his secretary who also has a personal interest; and Steve Van Ruyle, a sailor who has inherited a position on Faulkner's board of directors. Faulkner is (presumably) murdered, and Kit is falsely accused of the murder. Steve assumes the job of clearing her name. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Secretary See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Author Ayn Rand hated the title "Night of January 16th"; she preferred the play's original title, "Woman on Trial". She also disowned the amateur and summer-stock adaptation of the play. See more »

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Version of ITV Play of the Week: Night of January 16th (1960) See more »

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Quick trip to Havana
27 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I was interested to learn that the source for this film was a Broadway play of the same name. The Night Of January 16th was a play authored by Ayn Rand. To my viewing eye it certainly looked like all that objectivist philosophy was boiled out of the script and we are left with a reasonably entertaining B picture from Paramount.

The plot centers around business executive Nils Asther who is being called to account for 20 million dollars missing from his company books. Among those doing the accounting is Robert Preston who is the heir to the company founder and attends the board meeting in his sailor suit.

Before Asther can account, Ellen Drew his private secretary gets into a jackpot accused of his murder. It's thought by the police that Drew helped out his apartment window. There's still the missing money.

Preston and Drew make our law enforcement machinery look like fools as they escape and avoid recapture. Hats off to Cecil Kellaway for his part as a soused playboy whom they use in their escape. Kellaway is a marvelous drunk.

It's a quick trip to Havana where the two figure out where the embezzled money is located. There's quite a surprise in that also.

Preston and Drew are quite breezy in their leads. A little bit of Preston's most famous role Professor Harold Hill from The Music Man is found in his performance here. That's all to the good.

I'm sure the Broadway play was radically different than this.


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