Paid to Dance


55m 1937

Brief Synopsis

Government undercover agents William Dennis (Don Terry) and Joan Barclay (Jacqueline Wells) are working to solve the disappearances of girls working as "taxi-dancers" from dance halls operated by Jack Miranda (Arthur Loft) and his henchman Nifty (Paul Fix). Dennis sets himself up as a theatrical booking agent, and shows his power by the opening and closing of Miranda's Paradise Club at will.

Film Details

Also Known As
Women of the Night
Release Date
Nov 4, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Dance hall owner Jack Miranda is suspected of running a hostess racket at the Paradise Dance hall that is destroying the lives of the young women who work for him. Hoping to put an end to Miranda's activities, the governor gives state agent William Dennis orders to secretly monitor the racket by setting up a theatrical agency across the street from Miranda's dance hall and business office. Unknown to the governor and Bill, Miranda is receiving protection from political boss Charles Kennedy. Soon after getting a job at Miranda's dance hall, Bill's girl friend, Joan, who is working with him, succeeds in attracting Nifty, Miranda's henchman. When the Paradise is raided and the gangsters are arrested, Bill makes a deal with Miranda to reopen the club, which has been closed by the police. The Paradise reopens, but when Bill does not receive payment from Miranda, he closes it. Miranda takes revenge on Bill by sending thugs to destroy his office, but Nickels Brown, another state agent, fights them off. Bill's power impresses Miranda, who decides to take him in as a partner. Later, when Miranda overhears Joan's dictograph conversation, he believes that she is a threat to him and locks her in the cellar. Kennedy is forced to investigate, and when he discovers that Bill and Nickels are really officers, he decides to use Nifty to frame Miranda and Bill. After handcuffing Miranda and Bill together and putting the key in Miranda's pocket, Nifty forces Nickels to drive them over a cliff. Bill, however, manages to knock the driver unconscious and send the gangster's car following them over a cliff. Nifty, who has released Joan and taken her to Kennedy's, is killed, along with Kennedy, when Bill and the police arrive. The rest of the gang is captured and Bill and Joan embrace.

Film Details

Also Known As
Women of the Night
Release Date
Nov 4, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

A working title for this film was Women of the Night.