New York Nights (1929)

81 mins | Melodrama | 28 December 1929

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writer:

Jules Furthman

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Editor:

Hal C. Kern

Production Company:

Art Cinema Corp.
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HISTORY

Although contemporary reports give 81 minutes as the running time for the film, the reported 7,447 foot length times out to just shy of 83 minutes. New York Nights was reissued by Art Cinema Associates in 1937 with a running time of 63 ... More Less

Although contemporary reports give 81 minutes as the running time for the film, the reported 7,447 foot length times out to just shy of 83 minutes. New York Nights was reissued by Art Cinema Associates in 1937 with a running time of 63 minutes. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Feb 1930.
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New York Times
1 Feb 1930
p. 15.
Variety
5 Feb 1930
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Lewis Milestone Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Produced under the supv of
WRITER
Screen adpt by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Tin Pan Alley by Hugh Stanislaus Stange (New York, 1 Nov 1928).
SONGS
"A Year From Today," words and music by Al Jolson, Ballard MacDonald and Dave Dreyer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 December 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Joseph M. Schenck
Copyright Date:
28 December 1929
Copyright Number:
LP950
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81
Length(in feet):
7,447
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Chorus girl Jill Deverne supports her song-writer husband, Fred, who has a strong bent for alcohol. When he finishes a new song, she consents to show it to racketeer Joe Prividi, the producer of her musical show, but Fred objects to favors from him; nevertheless Prividi, who covets Jill, agrees to use the song. Fred and his partner, Johnny Dolan, arrive drunk at a nightclub appointment; and in a raid, the police discover Fred with Ruthie, a chorus girl. Disgusted and angered by Fred's behavior, Jill becomes Prividi's girl. Later, at a private party, Prividi shoots a drunken gambler who tries to force himself on her; and when she goes to him at the jail, Jill finds Fred down and out and plans for a new future. Prividi hires gunmen to shoot Fred upon his release, but Prividi is taken prisoner aboard a train, and Jill and Fred begin life ... +


Chorus girl Jill Deverne supports her song-writer husband, Fred, who has a strong bent for alcohol. When he finishes a new song, she consents to show it to racketeer Joe Prividi, the producer of her musical show, but Fred objects to favors from him; nevertheless Prividi, who covets Jill, agrees to use the song. Fred and his partner, Johnny Dolan, arrive drunk at a nightclub appointment; and in a raid, the police discover Fred with Ruthie, a chorus girl. Disgusted and angered by Fred's behavior, Jill becomes Prividi's girl. Later, at a private party, Prividi shoots a drunken gambler who tries to force himself on her; and when she goes to him at the jail, Jill finds Fred down and out and plans for a new future. Prividi hires gunmen to shoot Fred upon his release, but Prividi is taken prisoner aboard a train, and Jill and Fred begin life anew. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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