Highways by Night


1h 5m 1942

Brief Synopsis

A wealthy playboy gets mixed up with the mob.

Film Details

Also Known As
Silver Spoon
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adventure
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Oct 2, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the serial story "Silver Spoon" by Clarence Budington Kelland in The Saturday Evening Post (16 Dec 1939--3 Feb 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,678ft

Synopsis

Tommy Van Steel, a reclusive millionaire, is taunted by his uncle Ben for being out of touch with the common man. Tommy has defined his life by the theoretical mechanical plans necessary to running his business, and consequently, when he announces that he has joined the Navy, Ben warns him that he will be unable to communicate with his fellow enlistees. Becoming inebriated during his birthday party that night, Tommy argues with his gold- digging fiancée, Ellen Cromwell, and decides to go bar- hopping alone. While at a dive, Tommy witnesses racketeer Johnny Lieber murder his rival, James "Duke" Wellington, who has recently been paroled. After Tommy is knocked unconscious, Johnny orders his men to dress him in Duke's clothes, drive him into the countryside and kill him. On a bumpy country road, Tommy rolls out of the gang's truck, and when he awakens, he thinks that he has been robbed because his pockets are empty except for Duke's parole papers with the words "Leo Bronson at the Satin Slipper" written on them. Tommy phones his uncle for help, but when Ben chides him about getting a job before reporting for Naval duty, he takes to the road. He soon meets Peggy Fogarty, whose truck has been sidewiped by racketeer Bronson. Peggy takes Tommy home and introduces him to her wise old grandmother, who explains that Bronson is trying to drive the family out of their trucking business and offers him a job helping her grandson Footsy load the trucks. Posing as Duke, Tommy visits Bronson at the Silver Slipper and learns that Duke has been hired to eliminate Footsy. When Tommy uses his ingenuity to generate business for the Fogartys, Grandma offers to make him a partner, and Tommy calls on the manager of the local hotel to bid on a moving job. In the hotel lobby, Tommy encounters Bronson, and when Peggy overhears the two men talking, she assumes that Tommy has betrayed her family. Before Peggy can confront him, Tommy visits Ben in New York to rent trucks for the hotel job. When Ben, who is an attorney, tells him that the police are hunting him for the murder of Duke Wellington, Tommy asks for Ben's help with the district attorney. Before Tommy leaves, Ben hands him a note from Ellen. Tommy then returns to the Fogartys, where Peggy accuses him of betrayal. In response, Tommy recounts his story and asks for their trust while they finish moving the hotel. As Tommy completes his tale, Bronson's men appear and take him to Bronson's office. Johnny is about to order Tommy's demise when a police officer interrupts their meeting. Tommy seizes the opportunity to escape and rushes to the Fogarty house just as the trucks arrive. As they go to work, Tommy tells Grandma and Peggy to wait for Ben. Realizing that Peggy has fallen in love with Tommy, Grandma shows her a newspaper photo of him and Ellen. Soon after, Ben arrives accompanied by men from the district attorney's office and calls the police for help. Meanwhile, Tommy, Footsy and the other drivers battle Bronson's thugs and speed to the hotel where they confront Bronson. At that moment, the police arrive to arrest Bronson, and Ben informs Tommy that he has been exonerated of Duke's murder. With the hotel job completed, Tommy proposes to Peggy, who questions him about his fiancée. Remembering that he has Ellen's unopened note in his pocket, Tommy reads it and learns that she has jilted him, clearing the path for his marriage to Peggy.

Film Details

Also Known As
Silver Spoon
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adventure
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Oct 2, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the serial story "Silver Spoon" by Clarence Budington Kelland in The Saturday Evening Post (16 Dec 1939--3 Feb 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,678ft

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Notes

The working title of this film was Silver Spoon. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Dorothy Comingore refused the part of "Peggy."