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One Thrilling Night (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 5 June 1942 (USA)
Horace Jackson (John Beal) and his bride, Millie ('Wanda McKay' qv)),check into a New York City hotel room for their one-night honeymoon before he reports for induction into the arm the ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writer:

Joseph Hoffman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Beal ... Horace Jason
Wanda McKay ... Millie Jason
Warren Hymer ... Pat Callahan
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Sgt. Haggerty
Barbara Pepper ... Lettie
Tom Neal ... Frankie Saxton
Ernie Adams ... Pete Mooney
Lynton Brent ... Joe Richmond
Pierce Lyden ... Duke Keesler
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Skinny
Jimmy O'Gatty Jimmy O'Gatty ... Tubby
Tom Herbert Tom Herbert ... Hotel Clerk
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Horace Jackson (John Beal) and his bride, Millie ('Wanda McKay' qv)),check into a New York City hotel room for their one-night honeymoon before he reports for induction into the arm the next day. But intruders, led by gangster Frankie Saxton (Tom Neal) and his henchmen constantly invade their privacy searching for the hidden loot stashed by fellow mobster Joe Richmond (Lynton Brent). It does not help that Horace keeps placing the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the inside of the room door. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Corpses in bed, gangsters in the closet, cops at the keyhole and a blonde chasing the groom! GUARANTEED to make you scream! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1942 (USA) See more »

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Do Not Disturb See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Frank Sanucci recycled his "Alibi Theme" from the Range Busters western series for this programmer. See more »

Quotes

Frankie Saxton: Thats's the best acting I've seen since Eddie Robinson quit making gangster pictures.
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Remade as Sikken en nat (1947) See more »

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Better Than Usual Monogram
1 October 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

I expect wartime audiences howled at this slice of WWII escapism, especially the wedding night innuendo. Happily, the 70-minutes is still fairly amusing madcap. Innocent newly-weds Horace (well-chosen name) and bride Millie can't seem to get a moment alone on their wedding night. Trouble is gangsters are after stolen loot that seems to be hidden in the couple's hotel room. So their room is like a revolving door between cops, gangsters and corpses. Good thing they're such sweet kids so we know nothing bad will really happen. Actors Beale and McKay may border at times on cutesy, but still manage to give the kids a winning turn.

The premise may not be exactly new, yet it's a lively cast and an engaged director (Beaudine!). There's that gimmick always worth a few chuckles concerning bodies that disappear before the cops arrive. So, for the kids, it's a really frustrating night in more ways than one. Note presence of notorious Hollywood bad boy Tom Neal as Frankie, the head gangster. How ironic that Horace out-punches Frankie since Neal was a formidable college boxer, as actor Franchot Tone unfortunately found out. Sure, it's another cheap Monogram production, but the script, cast, and direction make the hijinks work better than the usual. And catch the movie's very last line—a good indication of the temperature of the time.


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