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King for a Night (1933)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 9 January 1934 (USA)
A prizefighter is convicted of a murder that was actually committed by his sister.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

William Anthony McGuire (story and screenplay), Scott Pembroke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Morris ... Bud Williams
Helen Twelvetrees ... Lillian Williams
Alice White ... Evelyn
John Miljan ... Walter Douglas
Grant Mitchell ... Rev. John Williams
Frank Albertson ... Dick Morris
George Meeker ... John Williams
Warren Hymer ... Goofy
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Maxie (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
John Sheehan ... Manny
George E. Stone ... Hymie
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Nick Merkle
Harry Galfund Harry Galfund ... The Champ
Clarence Wilson ... Mr. Whistler
Dorothy Granger ... Dora
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A prizefighter is convicted of a murder that was actually committed by his sister.

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THE STORY OF A WISE-CRACKING YOUTH, CAUGHT IN A WHIRLPOOL OF CHEATING LOVE...WHO BATTLES HIS WAY THRU TO THE GREATEST SMASH CLIMAX EVER FILMED.....! (Print ad- Evening Star, ((Washington, DC)) 17 January 1934) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En la gloria See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It's a difficult sell when the lead character in a film is a jerk.
12 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While it is not impossible, making a good film where the leading character is a jerk is a very tall order. In a few cases, such as a biography about Hitler, it's a must as well as films like "The Godfather", but generally folks want to like and connect with the leads in a film...especially in films from the same era as "King for a Night". Unfortunately, Bud Williams (Chester Morris) is a jerk....a braggart who just loves to punch people...both inside and outside the ring.

Bud is the black sheep of the family, as his father is a respectable minister. Much of the film Bud is torn between trying (not very hard) to be respectable and trying to live his own life as a boxer. At the same time, his sister is kind of wicked....following in some of Bud's ways (though she wasn't slap-happy and violent like Bud). So, when she ends up murdering someone, Bud decides to take credit for it because his family already is embarrassed by him. Does this make a lot of sense...well, not really.

The bottom line is that when the murder occurred, which was supposed to be the big climax, I found I didn't care. Bud didn't do it but he was a jerk...and I found myself even laughing at the finale because it seemed so unreal and silly. Overall, a misfire...and the script was just not up to snuff.


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