Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

89 or 92 mins | Drama | October 1950

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Producer:

Hunt Stromberg

Cinematographer:

George Diskant

Editor:

Gene Havlick

Production Designer:

George Brooks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Prowl Car and it was reviewed in HR under that title. It was also copyrighted under both titles. A 1 Feb 1950 HR news item noted that Larry Parks was to play one of the two starring roles. According to a 21 Feb 1950 HR news item, both Mark Stevens and Edmond O'Brien demanded top billing for their work in the film. The principal spot was eventually awarded to Stevens even though he played the smaller ... More Less

The film's working title was Prowl Car and it was reviewed in HR under that title. It was also copyrighted under both titles. A 1 Feb 1950 HR news item noted that Larry Parks was to play one of the two starring roles. According to a 21 Feb 1950 HR news item, both Mark Stevens and Edmond O'Brien demanded top billing for their work in the film. The principal spot was eventually awarded to Stevens even though he played the smaller part. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Nov 1950.
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Daily Variety
27 Sep 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Sep 50
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 50
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 50
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 50
p. 48.
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Sep 50
pp. 501-2.
New York Times
2 Oct 50
p. 19.
Variety
27 Sep 50
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hair styles
SOURCES
SONGS
"Please Don't Kiss Me" and "Either It's Love or It Isn't," music and lyrics by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
"I Want to Learn About Love," music and lyrics by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Prowl Car
Release Date:
October 1950
Production Date:
14 February--23 March 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 August 1950
Copyright Number:
LP5599, LP323
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89 or 92
Length(in feet):
8,006
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rocky Barnes and Daniel Purvis, two policemen working the night shift, have been partners since they served in the war together. Although Rocky believes that even criminals have some good inside, Daniel is more cynical. Daniel is particularly anxious to capture petty criminal Ritchie Garris, but is hampered by the fact that the victims of Garris' strong-arm tactics refuse to testify against him. Rocky is more interested in the face that belongs to the sultry voice of the night dispatcher than he is in Garris and soon discovers that the attractive voice is that of Katherine Mallory, a policeman's daughter and the captain's secretary. Rocky and Daniel invite Kate to dinner at Garris' club, and there they spot Leo Cusick, an important mobster from the East. Rocky and Daniel believe that Cusick's presence at the club signals the beginning of a gang war to take control of the city. When the policemen drop Kate off at her home, she tells them there will be no more dates because she does not want to repeat her mother's experience as a policeman's widow. Kate's mother, on the other hand, encourages the men's interest in her daughter by renting them the flat next door. When a man is killed outside Cusick's loan company, the police converge on the building. Rocky and Daniel arrive first and chase Garris and his henchman, Joe Quist, as Kate listens over the radio. After the two policemen catch the criminals, Kate realizes that she has fallen in love with Rocky and agrees to marry him. Garris is found guilty of murder and as he leaves the courtroom, threatens ... +


Rocky Barnes and Daniel Purvis, two policemen working the night shift, have been partners since they served in the war together. Although Rocky believes that even criminals have some good inside, Daniel is more cynical. Daniel is particularly anxious to capture petty criminal Ritchie Garris, but is hampered by the fact that the victims of Garris' strong-arm tactics refuse to testify against him. Rocky is more interested in the face that belongs to the sultry voice of the night dispatcher than he is in Garris and soon discovers that the attractive voice is that of Katherine Mallory, a policeman's daughter and the captain's secretary. Rocky and Daniel invite Kate to dinner at Garris' club, and there they spot Leo Cusick, an important mobster from the East. Rocky and Daniel believe that Cusick's presence at the club signals the beginning of a gang war to take control of the city. When the policemen drop Kate off at her home, she tells them there will be no more dates because she does not want to repeat her mother's experience as a policeman's widow. Kate's mother, on the other hand, encourages the men's interest in her daughter by renting them the flat next door. When a man is killed outside Cusick's loan company, the police converge on the building. Rocky and Daniel arrive first and chase Garris and his henchman, Joe Quist, as Kate listens over the radio. After the two policemen catch the criminals, Kate realizes that she has fallen in love with Rocky and agrees to marry him. Garris is found guilty of murder and as he leaves the courtroom, threatens revenge on Rocky and Daniel. Later, Garris escapes from jail and carries out his threat, killing Rocky. Determined to avenge his partner, Daniel sets up a constant watch on Garris' girl friend, Terry Romaine, refusing to believe her protests that she is finished with the gangster. When Garris shows up at Terry's apartment, she tells him that she wants nothing to do with him. In order to prevent her from leaving him, Garris then takes Terry's young neighbor Kathy hostage. Alerted by a listening device that has been planted in Terry's apartment, police surround the building, but Garris spots them and holds Kathy out the window, threatening to drop her unless the police leave the area. Daniel offers to try to reach Garris without harming Kathy. Once he is outside Terry's apartment, Daniel uses tear gas and shoots at Garris. Garris returns his fire, but Terry takes the bullet that was meant for Daniel. Daniel then kills Garris. Terry's unselfish action alters Daniel's belief that people do not change for the better, and Kate expresses her approval of his new attitude. +

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