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  • On Such a Night (1937)
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    71 min | Crime, Drama
On Such a Night (1937)
Approved
71 min | Crime, Drama

In Louisiana, gangster Ice Richmond blackmails Nicky Last, who has been trying to go straight, to take the rap for a murder charge by threatening to hurt Nicky's famous actress wife, Gail Stanley. Nicky is convicted and sentenced to ...See moreIn Louisiana, gangster Ice Richmond blackmails Nicky Last, who has been trying to go straight, to take the rap for a murder charge by threatening to hurt Nicky's famous actress wife, Gail Stanley. Nicky is convicted and sentenced to execution, but refuses to tell his wife what really happened. She hires attorney Horace Darwin to get an appeal, but Darwin drops the case under pressure from Ice. On the night of the execution, Ice, who has introduced himself to Gail as a friend of Nicky's, Gail and newspaper reporter Joe Flynn, who is on Gail's side, head to the prison but are delayed by massive flooding. They are forced to leave the bus and join thousands of refugees at a Red Cross center. The onslaught of rain and floods causes the prison to delay Nicky's execution and transfer him to another prison, but the car he is traveling in is washed away. His guard, who arrives at the center badly hurt, believes Nicky drowned, and Flynn spreads the news, but Gail finds Nicky unconscious on a nearby cot. She desperately steals a Red Cross armband and impersonates a nurse, then hires a flamboyant magician and his wife, Richard and Mimi Candle, to transport her and Nicky away from the refugee center in their trailer. Gail narrowly avoids the company of Ice on her trip, but he becomes wise to her scheme, and he and Flynn follow in pursuit. The Candles are forced to stop at a mansion, Fentridge Hall, because of severe flooding. Colonel Fentridge and his spinster sister Belinda graciously provide accommodations for the group. Nicky recovers, and seeing his survival as an act of God, is determined finally to fight Ice. After Flynn and Ice arrive, news is heard on the radio that the dam is breaking, and rising waters inside the mansion force the refugees up into the attic. Ice prevents them from signaling a rescue plane, so Nicky bravely swims out the attic window, into which water is rushing, to the estate levee and dynamites it. Everyone is rescued, and Nicky and Gail are permanently reunited after Ice is convicted of murder. See less
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Director
Ewald André Dupont (as E.A. Dupont)
Producer
Composer
Cinematographer
Charles Edgar Schoenbaum (as Charles Schoenbaum)
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Aug 27, 1937 (United States)

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46 cast members
Name Known for
Grant Richards
Nicky Last Nicky Last   See fewer
Karen Morley
Gail Stanley Gail Stanley   See fewer
Roscoe Karns
Joe Flynn Joe Flynn   See fewer
Eduardo Ciannelli
Ice Richmond Ice Richmond   See fewer
Milly
Mlle. Mimi Candle (as Milli Monti) Mlle. Mimi Candle (as Milli Monti)   See fewer
Alan Mowbray
Professor Ricardo Montrose Candle Professor Ricardo Montrose Candle   See fewer
Robert McWade
Colonel Fentridge Colonel Fentridge   See fewer
Esther Dale
Miss Belinda Fentridge Miss Belinda Fentridge   See fewer
John Wray
Guard Rumann Guard Rumann   See fewer
Frank Reicher
Horace Darwin Horace Darwin   See fewer
Paul Fix
Maxie Barnes Maxie Barnes   See fewer
John Alexander
District Attorney District Attorney   See fewer
Lew Payton
George Washington, Fentridge Butler George Washington, Fentridge Butler   See fewer
Etta McDaniel
Samantha Samantha   See fewer
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Henry Clay, Fentridge Handyman (as Eddie Anderson) Henry Clay, Fentridge Handyman (as Eddie Anderson)   See fewer
Bernice Pilot
Emmie Lou Emmie Lou   See fewer
Ed Allen
Actor Actor   See fewer
Irene Allen
Actress Actress   See fewer
J.H. Allen
Dancer Dancer   See fewer
Kathryn Curry
Actress Actress   See fewer
Anna Lee Johnson
Actress Actress   See fewer
Donnie Allen
Actor (uncredited) Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
Charlene Arnold
Actress (uncredited) Actress (uncredited)   See fewer
Hooper Atchley
Doctor (uncredited) Doctor (uncredited)   See fewer
Lynton Brent
Courtroom Reporter (uncredited) Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
Horace B. Carpenter
Flood Refugee (uncredited) Flood Refugee (uncredited)   See fewer
Franklyn Farnum
Flood Refugee (uncredited) Flood Refugee (uncredited)   See fewer
Bud Geary
Greyhound Bus Driver (uncredited) Greyhound Bus Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
John Hamilton
Army Officer (uncredited) Army Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
John Ince
Army Officer (uncredited) Army Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
Si Jenks
Louisiana Sharecropper (uncredited) Louisiana Sharecropper (uncredited)   See fewer
Murdock MacQuarrie
Vasalia Juror (uncredited) Vasalia Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
James A. Marcus
Vasalia Judge (uncredited) Vasalia Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
Philo McCullough
Defense Attorney (uncredited) Defense Attorney (uncredited)   See fewer
Nelson McDowell
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
Vivian McLean
Actress (uncredited) Actress (uncredited)   See fewer
Jeanette Noeson
Actress (uncredited) Actress (uncredited)   See fewer
Victor Potel
Louisiana Sharecropper (uncredited) Louisiana Sharecropper (uncredited)   See fewer
Hal Price
Vasalia Sheriff (uncredited) Vasalia Sheriff (uncredited)   See fewer
Ruth Robinson
Flood Camp Nurse (uncredited) Flood Camp Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
Jack C. Smith
Prosecutor (uncredited) Prosecutor (uncredited)   See fewer
Charles Sullivan
Soldier (uncredited) Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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