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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 »


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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


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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Release Date:

28 November 1941 (USA) See more »

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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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Thursday 26 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); legal complications got in the way of further telecasts for a few months, but airways were finally cleared and it was initially broadcast in Milwaukee 27 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Chicago 16 January 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 21 February 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Phoenix 23 March 1960 on KVAR (Channel 12), and in Detroit 30 March 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2). See more »

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Pretty typical for the genre
24 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although "The Night of January 16th" was based on a play by Ayn Rand, it's pretty much typical of the murder mystery B-movies of the era...with most of the usual cliches.

The head of a big company has been apparently embezzling, as the books are short more than $20,000,000! One evening, he's apparently being attacked and his faithful secretary returns to work to help him. But she's too late...and he's apparently tossed out of his skyrise penthouse...and, oddly, the police assume she's responsible. First, she has no motive. Second, they expected this lady to overpower her boss, drag him to the ledge and then toss him over in only three minutes time?! The only person (other than her) to doubt this narrative is an odd character played by Robert Preston and they both play amateur detectives to solve the case and keep her out of prison. To do this, they make an escape from the courtroom (huh???) and travel to Cuba to wrap things up...ridiculous, of course, but no more so than the typical film in the genre!! Decent acting...otherwise not much to distinguish this one.

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