Men of the Night (1934)

57-58 or 60 mins | Drama | 26 November 1934

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writer:

Lambert Hillyer

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Stake Out ... More Less

The working title of this film was Stake Out . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12-Dec-34
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Film Daily
28 Nov 34
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Oct 34
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Dec 34
p. 51.
Variety
4 Dec 34
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
STAND INS
Double for Bruce Cabot
Double for Bruce Cabot
Double for Eddie Foster
Double for Judith Allen
Double for Charles Sabin
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Stake Out
Release Date:
26 November 1934
Production Date:
21 September--4 October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 November 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5114
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57-58 or 60
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
354
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When hard-boiled Hollywood Detective Sergeant "Stake-Out" Kelly and his partner John Connors prevent the robbery of a gas station, they win praise from the police force but gain the antipathy of the city's criminal element. While the underworld plans to kill Kelly, he is promoted to lieutenant and ordered to capture a gang of jewel thieves who have been robbing women in public places. As Kelly stakes out one such place, a drive-in sandwich stand, he is warned by Mary Higgins, one of the attendants, that he is being followed. Kelly soon becomes smitten with Mary, who tells him that she came to Hollywood from Iowa hoping to become a movie star. Their romance flourishes until Kelly accuses Mary of being in league with the gang and tipping them off about a prisoner who was being tranported by the police. To prove her innocence, Mary goes undercover for the police and takes a job at the gang's cafe so that she can inform on them. Mary's plan goes awry, however, when the gangsters find her hiding in the cafe while they are planning a robbery. Mary is forced to accompany the gangsters on the robbery, but she is freed when the gang is surprised by the police. After the gang's capture, Kelly sends Mary back to Iowa, but then changes his mind and wires her on the train, telling her that he is coming after ... +


When hard-boiled Hollywood Detective Sergeant "Stake-Out" Kelly and his partner John Connors prevent the robbery of a gas station, they win praise from the police force but gain the antipathy of the city's criminal element. While the underworld plans to kill Kelly, he is promoted to lieutenant and ordered to capture a gang of jewel thieves who have been robbing women in public places. As Kelly stakes out one such place, a drive-in sandwich stand, he is warned by Mary Higgins, one of the attendants, that he is being followed. Kelly soon becomes smitten with Mary, who tells him that she came to Hollywood from Iowa hoping to become a movie star. Their romance flourishes until Kelly accuses Mary of being in league with the gang and tipping them off about a prisoner who was being tranported by the police. To prove her innocence, Mary goes undercover for the police and takes a job at the gang's cafe so that she can inform on them. Mary's plan goes awry, however, when the gangsters find her hiding in the cafe while they are planning a robbery. Mary is forced to accompany the gangsters on the robbery, but she is freed when the gang is surprised by the police. After the gang's capture, Kelly sends Mary back to Iowa, but then changes his mind and wires her on the train, telling her that he is coming after her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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