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Director  Hobart Henley
Screenplay  Garrett Fort
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
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Language  English
Roadhouse Nights movie poster
Release date  February 23, 1930
Writer  Garrett Fort, Ben Hecht (story)
Story by  Dashiell Hammett, Ben Hecht
Cast  Helen Morgan (Lola Fagan), Charles Ruggles (Willie Bindbugel), Fred Kohler (Sam Horner), Jimmy Durante (Daffy (as Durante)), Louis Clayton (Joe), Eddie Jackson (Moe)
Similar movies  A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Godfather, Goodfellas, Die Hard, The Godfather: Part II, The Departed

Roadhouse nights


Roadhouse Nights is a 1930 American Pre-Code gangster film. A number of sources including Sally Cline in her book Dashiell Hammett Man of Mystery claim it is based on the classic novel Red Harvest written by Dashiell Hammett (author of The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and The Glass Key). However the credits of the film itself say only "An Original Screenplay by Ben Hecht." Hammett receives no mention at all (and the plots are not similar).

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The movie, an unusual amalgam of musical comedy and gangster melodrama, was directed by Hobart Henley, stars Helen Morgan, Charles Ruggles, and Fred Kohler, and features a rare screen musical comedy performance by Jimmy Durante, in his screen debut, with his vaudeville partners Lou Clayton and Eddie Jackson ("Clayton, Jackson, and Durante"). Helen Morgan also sings It Can't Go On Like This.

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Production

The film's star is Helen Morgan, a nitery chanteuse whose gangster bosses head a murderous bootleg operation. Charlie Ruggles portrays a news reporter pretending to be an inveterate drinker. He frequents Morgan's club, his phony drunkenness a cover for his investigation of the bootleg ring

Filmed at Paramount's Astoria Studios in Astoria, Long Island, Roadhouse Nights is typical pre-Code Prohibition-era entertainment, with a reasonably "straight" performance from comic actor Ruggles and a few songs from Helen Morgan.

Cast

  • Helen Morgan as Lola Fagan
  • Charles Ruggles as Willie Bindbugel
  • Fred Kohler as Sam Horner
  • Jimmy Durante as Daffy
  • Leo Donnelly as City Editor
  • Tammany Young as Jerry
  • Joe King as Hanson
  • Lou Clayton as Joe
  • Eddie Jackson as Moe
  • Fuller Mellish Jr. as Hogan
  • References

    Roadhouse Nights Wikipedia
    Roadhouse Nights IMDb Roadhouse Nights themoviedb.org


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