Murder in the Night (1939)

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The Cotton Club in London's Soho district is operated by American gangster Steve Marco who, when Joe Lane threatens to tell the police of his past, has no qualms about killing him as he ... See full summary »

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19 April 2004 | dbborroughs
| Draggy Doings
This is an odd mix of British crime drama and American gangster film that is a bit too slow, even at 70 minutes.

The plot has to do with a nightclub in London that's run by an American gangster. Through the doors come an assortment of quirky characters. Marco, the gangster, is running a variety of rackets on the side which the police suspect but can't prove. While people party out side Marco kills someone in his office, just as an inspector, arrives to nose around.

If that sounds exciting, it really isn't. This is a good idea, not very well handled since much of the film is taken up by scenes in the club with the various people coming having a good time. There's romance, lots of humor and some nice acting but the film has the feel of one of the quota films that were produced in England in the 1930's and 40's as a way of keeping the British film industry alive. While this produced many classics, it also produced many duds and near misses. This is a near miss.

If you see it and you don't mind a too slowly paced film, then by all means, but anyone looking for a movie that moves best look elsewhere.

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February 1939



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