His Night Out


1h 12m 1935

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 21, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Homer B. Bitts, a bumbling hypochondriac, works as a purchasing agent for the Davis Drug Company and is in love with Peggy Taylor, secretary to the company's owner. When Homer learns that Peggy's young brother Jimmy, who has been hospitalized with a chronic hip disorder, needs an operation that will cost $1,500, he secretly donates his savings for the cause. At the urging of Peggy, who advises him to be less apologetic and more assertive, he then visits a doctor to determine if his various hiccups, burps and sneezes are truly symptomatic or merely psychosomatic. After the gullible Homer is told by the doctor, a quack, that he only has three months to live, he rushes back to his office and, without confiding in Peggy, makes out his will. Filled with sudden abandon, Homer withdraws $200 of his savings and takes Peggy for a night on the town, part of which is witnessed by a disapproving Davis. The next Monday, while Homer takes his time arriving for work, Davis and fellow drug company owner J. J. Trent discover that $100,000 in collateral bonds have been stolen from the office safe. Because she was the last person to open the safe, Peggy is suspected of the theft, and Homer of being her accomplice. To protect Peggy, whom Homer believes took the bonds to pay for Jimmy's operation, Homer confesses to the crime and is arrested. Later, Peggy finds Homer's will and tells Davis and Trent about the quack's deathly prognosis. While Peggy arranges with a sympathetic Trent to bail Homer out of jail, the real thieves, a gang of thugs headed by Joe Ferranza, speculate about Homer's underworld connections. Sure that Homer is a "stooge" for rival gangster Charlie Spanner, Ferranza hires a shyster to make Homer's bail and ambush him. After Ferranza interrogates a bemused Homer, however, he concludes that his prisoner is merely foolish and decides to use him as a front to launder the stolen bonds. While he is being held half-naked in a warehouse, Lola, Ferranza's double-crossing girl friend, convinces Homer to help her steal the bonds with her former lover, Spanner. Before Lola can execute her scheme, however, a suspicious Ferranza has her followed to Spanner's nightclub and, after sewing the bonds into the lining of his coat, "takes her for a ride." Later, as he attempts to tie up Homer, Ferranza is knocked out in the warehouse by a falling trunk. Homer steals Ferranza's gun and suit, escapes from the warehouse, and telephones Peggy that he is going to the nightclub to retrieve the bonds from the thieves. Although concerned for Homer's safety, Peggy goes to the club and urges him to confront the gang like a true man. Ferranza's men overpower the gun-wielding Homer, however, and are about to strip him of the bond-filled jacket when the police, who have been alerted by Peggy, rush to the scene. Ferranza and his men steal a police car and flee with Homer in tow. Chased by the police, Peggy, Davis and Trent, Ferranza's car eventually crashes into a river, and Homer is pulled half-drowned from the water. After Homer returns the bonds to a relieved Davis, he berates his boss for his lack of appreciation and is offered a job by Trent. Impressed by Homer's manly transformation, Peggy happily accepts his proposal of marriage.

Cast

Edward Everett Horton

Homer [B. Bitts]

Irene Hervey

Peggy [Taylor]

Jack Larue

[Joe] Ferranza

Robert Mcwade

Davis

Lola Lane

Lola

Willard Robertson

[J. J.] Trent

Oscar Apfel

Dr. Kraft

Dewey Robinson

"Beef"

Ward Bond

"Lanky"

Theodore Von Eltz

Parsons

Clarence Wilson

Trimble

Rollo Lloyd

Dryer

Clara Kimball Young

Mrs. Davis

John Carnivale

Gardner

Archie Robbins

Charlie Spanner

Jack Norton

Dr. Emanuel Q. Singer

Greta Meyer

Mrs. Grosslasser

Virginia Howell

Nurse

Anne O'neal

Nurse

Billy Barrud

Jimmy Taylor

Boyd Irwin

Dr. Small

Tommy Bupp

Boy

Jerry Tucker

Boy

David Tillotson

Boy

Jack Kennedy

Guard

Harold Waldridge

Soda clerk

Joseph Reilly

Policeman

Jack Cheatham

Policeman

Al Matthews

Policeman

Philip Morris

Policeman

Jimmy Dundee

Policeman

Frank Sheridan

Detective

Cy Kendall

Detective

Frank Mayo

Detective

George Cleveland

Detective

Eddy Chandler

Detective

Kirby & Degage

Dance team

Cyril Thornton

Waiter

Alphonse Martell

Head waiter

Francisco Maran

Head waiter

Jean Rogers

Information

Rosemary Labee

Stenographer

Donald Haines

Office boy

Harry Depp

Rosebottom

Jack Mulhall

Salesman

Pat West

Salesman

John King

Salesman

Matty Kemp

Salesman

Jack Mack

Salesman

Milburn Stone

Salesman

Donald Kerr

Hiccough salesman

Robert Ingersoll

Mailman

Olaf Hytten

Butler

Toby Thompson

Newsboy

Jerry Mandy

Jailbird

Minerva Urecal

Wife

Guy Usher

Police sergeant

Brady Kline

Police sergeant

Priscilla Lawson

Hat check girl

Charles Regan

Bodyguard

Sam Finn

Taxi driver

Eddie Anderson

Bellhop

Nan Grey

Diana Gibson

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 21, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Hollywood Reporter production charts list a novel by Henry Irving Dodge as the source of this film, but all other contemporary sources, including copyright and Screen Achievements Bulletin, credit Charles Christensen with an original screen story. Some modern sources claim that this film is a remake of a 1924 Universal picture called Oh, Doctor! Harry Leon Wilson wrote the novel on which the 1924 film and a 1937 Universal remake, also called Oh, Doctor!, are based. While some similarities exist among the three films, especially in the inclusion of a bumbling, hypochondriac protagonist, the 1935 picture is significantly different from the other two and should not be considered a remake.