While New York Sleeps (1939)

61 mins | Mystery | 6 January 1939

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HISTORY

Although there is a copyright statement on the opening title card of the film, it was not listed in the copyright register. For more information on the series, please see the entry above for Time Out for Murder ... More Less

Although there is a copyright statement on the opening title card of the film, it was not listed in the copyright register. For more information on the series, please see the entry above for Time Out for Murder (1938). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27-Aug-38
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Daily Variety
20 Aug 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 38
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Sep 38
p. 17.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Aug 37
pp. 52-53.
New York Times
22 Dec 38
p. 25.
Variety
21 Dec 38
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
DANCE
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"I'll Never Change," words and music by Sidney Clare and Arthur Johnston
"Ain't He Good Lookin'," words and music by Sidney Clare.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 January 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 December 1938
Production Date:
7 July--late July 1938
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in feet):
5,535
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4505
SYNOPSIS

New York newspaper editor Charles MacFarland is frantic when his star reporter, Barney Callahan, insists on taking a vacation with his photographer, Snapper Doolan, in the midst of an ongoing story concerning stolen bonds and murdered bond messengers. When Barney's friend, insurance detective Steve Martin, is shot, Barney goes back to work because Martin was also working on the bond case. Inspector Jeff Collins claims that Martin committed suicide, but Barney is determined to prove that it was murder. Barney becomes suspicious of nightclub owner Joe Marco when he finds a hand buzzer in Martin's apartment, for Marco is a well-known practical joker. While at Marco's nightclub, Barney flirts with dancer Judy King and admires the singing of Marco's girl friend, Nora Parker. When Barney returns to the newspaper office, Collins demands that MacFarland retract Barney's story about Martin, but when MacFarland presses for an inquest, the coroner's jury rules that Martin was murdered. MacFarland is infuriated when he discovers that Barney fabricated the evidence that influenced the jury, but he can do nothing about it. Meanwhile, Judy's boyfriend from back home, Malcolm Hunt, arrives at the club and tells Judy that he is moving to New York to be with her. Judy writes Barney a note that she has a steady fellow and no longer wishes to see him, but Barney alters the note and gives it to Malcolm. After Malcolm storms out, Judy is so angry that she agrees to help Marco pull a practical joke on Barney. Marco arranges for the bartender, Red Miller, to ask Barney to go to Marco's office and stop a loud argument ... +


New York newspaper editor Charles MacFarland is frantic when his star reporter, Barney Callahan, insists on taking a vacation with his photographer, Snapper Doolan, in the midst of an ongoing story concerning stolen bonds and murdered bond messengers. When Barney's friend, insurance detective Steve Martin, is shot, Barney goes back to work because Martin was also working on the bond case. Inspector Jeff Collins claims that Martin committed suicide, but Barney is determined to prove that it was murder. Barney becomes suspicious of nightclub owner Joe Marco when he finds a hand buzzer in Martin's apartment, for Marco is a well-known practical joker. While at Marco's nightclub, Barney flirts with dancer Judy King and admires the singing of Marco's girl friend, Nora Parker. When Barney returns to the newspaper office, Collins demands that MacFarland retract Barney's story about Martin, but when MacFarland presses for an inquest, the coroner's jury rules that Martin was murdered. MacFarland is infuriated when he discovers that Barney fabricated the evidence that influenced the jury, but he can do nothing about it. Meanwhile, Judy's boyfriend from back home, Malcolm Hunt, arrives at the club and tells Judy that he is moving to New York to be with her. Judy writes Barney a note that she has a steady fellow and no longer wishes to see him, but Barney alters the note and gives it to Malcolm. After Malcolm storms out, Judy is so angry that she agrees to help Marco pull a practical joke on Barney. Marco arranges for the bartender, Red Miller, to ask Barney to go to Marco's office and stop a loud argument between Marco and Judy. When Barney gets to the office, he hears a gunshot and sees Judy, who has fired a blank at Marco, standing over Marco's prone body. Barney hurries Judy out of the club and phones in the story that Marco is dead. Judy happily tells Barney that he has been had, but when they return to the club, Marco really has been shot to death. Collins arrests Judy, and Barney realizes that the killer must be someone who knew about the gag. He suspects James Sawyer, a bond broker who was at the club just before the murder. Meanwhile, Nora is approached by Marco's henchman, Happy Nelson, and his lawyer, Ralph Simmons. They demand to know where Marco kept the bonds, for Marco, Simmons and Sawyer were behind the robberies and murders. Nora tells Red to get the package from her apartment, where he finds Barney and Snapper. When they arrive at the club, Happy reveals that he murdered Martin for getting too close to the case, and Marco in order to get his share of the money. Nora shoots Happy as he is about to kill Barney, after which Collins appears and makes the necessary arrests. Later, Nora and Judy are freed, and Barney is philosophical when Judy reveals that she is returning to her hometown with Malcolm. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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