Men of the Night


58m 1934

Brief Synopsis

"Stake-Out" Kelly (Bruce Cabot), ace detective, meets Mary Higgins (Judith Allen) at a small Hollywood sandwich shop where he expects to get some information concerning Packey Davis (Charles Sabin), head of a ring of jewel thieves. His suspicions are confirmed when Mary warns him that Davis is outside - waiting for him. Kelly sets a trap and, in the ensuing battle, one of the gangsters is killed. Davis is interested in rubbing out Kelly as Kelly and Baker are the only two witnesses against Smitty (Arthur Rankin), a Davis henchman. Baker is in the hospital and the plan is bring Smitty there for identification. Kelly accidently slips the secret to Mary, who in turn innocently informs Packey. A trap is laid.

Film Details

Also Known As
Stake Out
Release Date
Nov 26, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

When hard-boiled Hollywood Detective Sergeant "Stake-Out" Kelly and his partner John Connors prevent the robbery of a gas station, they win praise from the police force but gain the antipathy of the city's criminal element. While the underworld plans to kill Kelly, he is promoted to lieutenant and ordered to capture a gang of jewel thieves who have been robbing women in public places. As Kelly stakes out one such place, a drive-in sandwich stand, he is warned by Mary Higgins, one of the attendants, that he is being followed. Kelly soon becomes smitten with Mary, who tells him that she came to Hollywood from Iowa hoping to become a movie star. Their romance flourishes until Kelly accuses Mary of being in league with the gang and tipping them off about a prisoner who was being tranported by the police. To prove her innocence, Mary goes undercover for the police and takes a job at the gang's cafe so that she can inform on them. Mary's plan goes awry, however, when the gangsters find her hiding in the cafe while they are planning a robbery. Mary is forced to accompany the gangsters on the robbery, but she is freed when the gang is surprised by the police. After the gang's capture, Kelly sends Mary back to Iowa, but then changes his mind and wires her on the train, telling her that he is coming after her.

Film Details

Also Known As
Stake Out
Release Date
Nov 26, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was Stake Out.