Roadhouse Nights (1930)

69 mins | Comedy-drama | 23 February 1930

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HISTORY

The film's working title was The River Inn. Roadhouse Nights marked the first film of the popular vaudeville team of Clayton, Jackson & Durante. Jimmy Durante (1893--1980) went on to appear in numerous films and television programs through the 1960s. His characteristic, scratchy-voiced renditions of songs such as the comic "Inka Dinka Doo" and the romantic ballad "Make Someone Happy," have continued to be heard on soundtracks for film and television commercials. Lou Clayton (1980--1950) did not make any additional feature films, while Eddie Jackson (1896--1980) appeared in a few more films, most in which Durante was a featured player.
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The film's working title was The River Inn. Roadhouse Nights marked the first film of the popular vaudeville team of Clayton, Jackson & Durante. Jimmy Durante (1893--1980) went on to appear in numerous films and television programs through the 1960s. His characteristic, scratchy-voiced renditions of songs such as the comic "Inka Dinka Doo" and the romantic ballad "Make Someone Happy," have continued to be heard on soundtracks for film and television commercials. Lou Clayton (1980--1950) did not make any additional feature films, while Eddie Jackson (1896--1980) appeared in a few more films, most in which Durante was a featured player.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
1 Mar 1930
p. 35
EHW
15 Mar 1930
p. 29
Film Daily
23 Feb 1930
p. 8
Life
4 Apr 1930
p. 34
New York Times
22 Feb 1930
p. 13
New Yorker
1 Mar 1930
p.67
Variety
26 Feb 1930
p. 24
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"It Can't Go On Like This," words by E. Y. Harburg, music by Jay Gorney; "Everything Is On the Up and Up," "Hello, Everybody, Folks" and "Everybody Wants My Girl," words and music by Eddie Jackson, Lou Clayton and Jimmy Durante.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The river inn
Release Date:
23 February 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 Feb 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
13 February 1930
LP1073
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69
Length(in feet):
7,207
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Hanson, a reporter with a reputation for drinking on the job, is sent to get a story on the town of Moran, where Sam Horner, a bootlegger, has control; when he fails, the editor sends Willie Bindbugel, who discovers the gang's headquarters to be a roadhouse where Lola Fagan, his own childhood sweetheart, sings. Unaware of Hanson's demise, Willie remains, and in an effort to save him, Lola causes him to think he has been fired and suggests they elope, but they are overtaken by Horner. Pretending to be drunk, Willie informs the paper of his distress by telegraphic code, via the telephone; Horner discovers Lola's duplicity and tries to shoot Willie, but with the aid of Daffy, a singer-comedian, the plot is averted and the Coast Guard arrives to save the day for the ...

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Hanson, a reporter with a reputation for drinking on the job, is sent to get a story on the town of Moran, where Sam Horner, a bootlegger, has control; when he fails, the editor sends Willie Bindbugel, who discovers the gang's headquarters to be a roadhouse where Lola Fagan, his own childhood sweetheart, sings. Unaware of Hanson's demise, Willie remains, and in an effort to save him, Lola causes him to think he has been fired and suggests they elope, but they are overtaken by Horner. Pretending to be drunk, Willie informs the paper of his distress by telegraphic code, via the telephone; Horner discovers Lola's duplicity and tries to shoot Willie, but with the aid of Daffy, a singer-comedian, the plot is averted and the Coast Guard arrives to save the day for the lovers.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

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

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