Trouble at Midnight


1h 8m 1937

Film Details

Also Known As
Midnight Raiders
Release Date
Oct 17, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Night Patrol" by Kimball Herrick in Farm Journal (Dec 1936-Apr 1937).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

During World War I, tough talking city truck driver Tony Michaels saves dairy farmer Dick Cameron's life, and Dick promises that he will always be welcome at his farm in Thatcher, Illinois. Following the armistice, Dick dies from shrapnel wounds, and his kid brother Kirk takes over the dairy. In 1937, during a string of cattle raids in the Thatcher district, Tony, now a member of a rustling syndicate, is hit with a bullet and arrives on the dairy farm wounded. After being accused by the townspeople of being a gangster, Tony is welcomed by Kirk, who remains true to his brother's memory. Kirk is in love with Catherine Benson, daughter of the irascible chairman of the city council, who blames Dick for ruining his chance at the state legislature years before. Benson refuses to let Catherine associate with Kirk, but Kirk's friend, Henry Goff, veteran editor of the Sentinel , arranges secret visits for Kirk with Catherine, who wants to marry him. The cattle raids continue and truckloads of prize cattle disappear in the night. Tony's occupation as a truck driver further jeopardizes his reputation with the town. When the raids encroach upon the city limits, Goff and Kirk try to convince the sheriff to organize a night patrol, but Benson coerces the city council into voting against them. While the meeting is going on, Tony approaches a blonde waitress named Marion, whom he knew in Chicago. A rival gangster, Frank Cordeen, starts a fight and steals Tony's gun while wrecking the place. The councilmen run to the scene, and Benson uses the fight to his advantage by embarrassing Kirk for his continued association with a criminal. Kirk appeals to Benson to allow a patrol, and he raises his cane to Kirk. Catherine misreads the situation and turns her back on Kirk for accosting her father. After a Thatcher farmer is shot during a raid, the townsmen finally arm themselves. Later the gang starts a fire at Kirk's farm to distract the patrol while a neighboring farm is raided. Tony's gun is found on the scene and he is arrested. Through the Department of Agriculture, Kirk identifies a cattle broker named Bradley who is being supplied by rustlers. Tony tells Kirk that Cordeen used to drive for Bradley, and Kirk convinces the sheriff to release Tony so he can lead them to Cordeen. By tipping off Cordeen that Bradley has been arrested, Tony, Goff and Kirk apprehend Cordeen, but he escapes when he is left in Goff's custody, and Goff is unable to warn the patrol. The gang raids Kirk's farm, and Kirk and Tony are forced to fend them off alone. Tony is wounded, but the patrol eventually arrives, the gang surrenders, and Tony is made a hero. Marion, meanwhile, has convinced Catherine not to lose Kirk, and they announce their wedding to Goff. Tony decides to stay in Thatcher and marry Marion.

Film Details

Also Known As
Midnight Raiders
Release Date
Oct 17, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Night Patrol" by Kimball Herrick in Farm Journal (Dec 1936-Apr 1937).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

The working title for this film was Midnight Raiders.