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Night Intruder (1938)

A middle-aged woman with friends and a sleeping mother upstairs uses her head to protect everyone when she finds out that there is a burglar in her house.


Joseph Henabery


Ira Genet (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Floyd Gibbons ... The Headline Hunter / Narrator
Helen Carew Helen Carew ... Mabel Whitman
Edith Ketchum Edith Ketchum ... Miss Carter
Jean Whittaker Jean Whittaker ... Grace
Helen Cromwell Helen Cromwell ... Alice
Harry Bellaver ... Burglar


This Warners/Vitaphone entry in the Floyd Gibbons "Your True Adventure" series has Gibbons narrating the story of four women playing bridge in a New Jersey home, while the hostess' mother is asleep upstairs. A neighbor's son sees a thief climb the balcony and enter an upstairs window. His mother calls the hostess,tells her of the intruder and advises her to remain calm as the police are on the way. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

23 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Your True Adventures (1937-1938 season) (#12): Night Intruder See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vitaphone production reel #B49. See more »


Floyd Gibbons: What would you have done if you were playing North?
Miss Carter: I would have gone south.
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Annoying Characters Ruin Film
30 June 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Night Intruder (1938)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Floyd Gibbons hosts and narrates this entry in his "Your True Adventures" series. In this entry, four women are playing bridge in the living room when a burglar breaks into the second level. A neighbor witnesses the crime and calls the police but it's going to take a bit for them to arrive so the women are in danger. NIGHT INTRUDER is a pretty bad short for a number of reasons but the biggest problem is that the four women are just so annoying and dumb that you really can't help but root for the burglar until you realize that he's just as dumb. Now, I really don't know how true this adventure is but there's no doubt that everyone involved are doing some pretty dumb things. Through the narration we're told that this burglar is a lifelong expert but if so I wondered why he would rob a house knowing there were people inside it. Then, there are the women, who just act so silly that you can't help but see them as a silly stereotype and this is backed up by the narrator claiming that woman, not men, would be scared of running into a burglar at night. At just 11-minutes the film seems twice as long and while I can't speak for the rest of the films in the series this one here simply doesn't work.

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