Night Waitress (1936)

56-57 mins | Drama | 18 December 1936

Director:

Lew Landers

Writer:

Marcus Goodrich

Cinematographer:

Russell Metty

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Full page view
HISTORY

According to HR , Thyra Samter Winslow was assigned to work the script of this picture, but her contribution to the final film has not been determined. Scenes for the picture were shot at White's Point in San Pedro, CA, according to DV . HR news items add Ernie Adams, Frank Faylen and Grace Cunard to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

According to HR , Thyra Samter Winslow was assigned to work the script of this picture, but her contribution to the final film has not been determined. Scenes for the picture were shot at White's Point in San Pedro, CA, according to DV . HR news items add Ernie Adams, Frank Faylen and Grace Cunard to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Sep 36
p. 5.
Daily Variety
3 Nov 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Dec 36
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 36
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Sep 36
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 36
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Nov 36
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Oct 36
p. 42, 46
Motion Picture Herald
2 Jan 37
p. 69.
New York Times
18 Dec 36
p. 31.
Variety
23 Dec 36
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 December 1936
Production Date:
mid September--early October 1936
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
16 December 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6784
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56-57
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2668
SYNOPSIS

While working as a night waitress on the San Francisco dockside, Helen Roberts meets Martin Rhodes, a schooner captain. Martin is waiting for Mario Rigo, a friend's brother, to discuss a mysterious cargo shipment. Because she is on probation for a crime she committed unwittingly, Helen is at first wary of Martin, but finally gives in to his charms and agrees to spend an afternoon with him, unaware that he is being followed by gangsters George Skinner and Dorn. When Martin glibly confesses his past as a rum- and gun-runner, Helen expresses her disapproval and, as they watch the construction workers on the Golden Gate Bridge, tells him she would like him more if he had a decent, honest job. The next night, Rigo shows up at Helen's restaurant and is surrounded by Skinner, Dorn and two other gangsters, who have been sent by Borghum, a phony private investigator, to track down the shipment. Before being shot to death, Rigo scribbles a map on a napkin and slips the napkin to Helen with instructions to pass it on to Martin. After the shooting, Helen is taken to police headquarters for questioning but, in spite of the police's tough interrogation, remains silent about Martin. When she returns home, however, she is attacked by Skinner, who struggles with her for the napkin and eventually falls out of her window to his death. Followed by Dorn, Helen finds Martin at his schooner and, after assuring herself of his innocence, reconstructs Rigo's cryptic map from memory. Together Helen and Martin interpret Rigo's map and determine that he planted a shipment of stolen gold under the schooner. Dorn, ... +


While working as a night waitress on the San Francisco dockside, Helen Roberts meets Martin Rhodes, a schooner captain. Martin is waiting for Mario Rigo, a friend's brother, to discuss a mysterious cargo shipment. Because she is on probation for a crime she committed unwittingly, Helen is at first wary of Martin, but finally gives in to his charms and agrees to spend an afternoon with him, unaware that he is being followed by gangsters George Skinner and Dorn. When Martin glibly confesses his past as a rum- and gun-runner, Helen expresses her disapproval and, as they watch the construction workers on the Golden Gate Bridge, tells him she would like him more if he had a decent, honest job. The next night, Rigo shows up at Helen's restaurant and is surrounded by Skinner, Dorn and two other gangsters, who have been sent by Borghum, a phony private investigator, to track down the shipment. Before being shot to death, Rigo scribbles a map on a napkin and slips the napkin to Helen with instructions to pass it on to Martin. After the shooting, Helen is taken to police headquarters for questioning but, in spite of the police's tough interrogation, remains silent about Martin. When she returns home, however, she is attacked by Skinner, who struggles with her for the napkin and eventually falls out of her window to his death. Followed by Dorn, Helen finds Martin at his schooner and, after assuring herself of his innocence, reconstructs Rigo's cryptic map from memory. Together Helen and Martin interpret Rigo's map and determine that he planted a shipment of stolen gold under the schooner. Dorn, meanwhile, notifies Borghum about Martin's whereabouts, and just after Martin leaves to present his discovery to the district attorney, the gangsters take over the boat. Eventually Martin traces the schooner by following a trail of oil left by his shipmate, Fong, and the gangsters are apprehended. Cleared of all suspicion, Martin and Helen declare their love. +

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

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.