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The Night Court (1927)

A police raid on a night club results in the entire cast of the club's floor show being hauled into court, where they must perform their routines for the judge.

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Uncredited cast:
... Defense Counsel (uncredited)
... Irene Tabasco, Exotic Dancer (uncredited)
Dottie Lewis ... Flapper Singer (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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New York's Finest raid the Paradise Night Club on West 45th Street, "where everything goes, including your bank roll." In court the next day, the defense attorney asks that each person charged be allowed to perform. Dolly Lewis, arrested for singing risqué songs, does "I ain't that kind of a baby." The orchestra plays from the jury box. The chorus line, held for murdering the black bottom, performs in frills and bathing costumes. The judge and the defense hold a colloquy about a dead waiter. Then, Irene Tobasco, charged with an improper dance in scanty attire, performs in a diaphanous gown. Is she "raw" or "well done." What will the judge decide? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Judge: Proceed with the evidence. Dottie Lewis, you are charged with singing risque songs. Guilty or Not Guilty?
Flapper Singer: Not Guilty!
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Soundtracks

I Ain't That Kind of a Baby
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal and Addy Britt
Sung by Dottie Lewis
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The Night Court (1927)

** (out of 4)

Early talkie from Warner has police raiding a night club and dragging every performer there into court. At trial the defense asks that the performers be able to do their act to show there wasn't anything wrong them. THE NIGHT COURT really isn't a good movie but film buffs are going to want to check it out for a number of reasons. The biggest being that it followed THE JAZZ SINGER from earlier in the year and was a good example of how sound really was taking everything over. When viewing the film today, it was rather amazing to hear how good the audio quality was and it really makes you wonder why so many of the talkies from 1928-31 turned out so poorly. I understand that several different recording styles were tried but this short features the technology sounding pretty good. With that said, the actual performers aren't all that memorable. Even the best act here is only fair so it's doubtful anyone will be leaving this film and looking for a CD copy to listen to.


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