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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
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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
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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