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A woman who owns a boarding house winds up being the "mother hen" to the assorted mobsters and racketeers who live there. When her foster son decides to take the blame for a murder that was actually committed by his girlfriend, her boarding-house pals decide to try to help her out.Written by
Although the young leads are Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Billie Dove, the real standout performer in this short and old fashioned drama is Helen Ware in the title role of One Night At Susie's. Ware runs a boardinghouse and it specializes in catering to all kinds of criminal types. She also has an adoptive son in Fairbanks who she's kept clear from the folks she hangs out with. He grows up with aspirations to be a writer, in fact his character is an aspiring Joseph Sheldrake who wrote the play that Katharine Hepburn got her big break in Morning Glory.
So imagine Ware's concern when she finds out that he's fallen for chorus girl Billie Dove. Not good enough for her kid. Fairbanks is a young romantic at heart or believe me he would not have framed himself for the murder of a Park Avenue rake who made advances on a chorus girl.
But as he says all that time he's been given he's polishing up his writing between time on the rock pile. And he's letting Dove take credit for it as if she were Clare Boothe Luce. Not a great situation for Ware.
One Night At Susie's is unlikely to get a remake or a director's cut re-release. It is horribly dated, in fact dated even at the time it was released. If it weren't however for Ware who is one tough dame and makes all the men around her jump.
If you are a fan of Fairbanks or Dove than you might want to check it out. But I'd really see this one for Helen Ware.
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