Night After Night

Night After Night

Movie: Night After Night
Director: Archie Mayo
Produced by: MCA Entertainment, Universal
Released By: Paramount
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In one of his first starring roles, George Raft plays Joe Anton, a tough but basically decent speakeasy owner who falls in love with Park Avenue socialite Miss Healy. Hoping to come up to the girl’s social level, Joe starts taking lessons in speech and behavior from haughty dowager Mrs. Jellyman. What he doesn’t know is that Miss Healy pays attention to him only because he’s living in the posh apartment where her family had resided before the Stock Market crash. Even so, the girl genuine falls in love with Joe when it appears as though he’s about to desert her in favor of his ex-flame Iris Dawn. A dreary retread of stock movie-drama themes, Night After Night would be utterly forgotten today were it not for the presence of Mae West, making her film debut. A scant few seconds after her first appearance, the generously bejeweled West is accosted by a hatcheck girl who coos “Goodness, what lovely diamonds.” Swivelling those famous hips, La West replies expansively “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.” Commenting years later on Night After Night, George Raft, who suggested that Mae West be cast in the film, ruefully recalled “She stole everything but the cameras.

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