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Night Spot (1938)

A young singer, Marge Dexter, becomes involved in trouble when she works in a nightclub in which two of the band-members are in reality undercover-police officers who believe that the club is the headquarters of a dangerous gang of crooks.


Christy Cabanne


Lionel Houser (screen play), Anne Jordan (from a story by)


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Complete credited cast:
Harry Parke ... Gashouse (as Parkyakarkus)
Allan Lane ... Pete Cooper
Gordon Jones ... Riley
Joan Woodbury ... Marge Dexter
Lee Patrick ... Flo Bradley
Bradley Page ... Marty Davis
Jack Carson ... Shallen
Frank M. Thomas ... Headwaiter
Joseph Crehan ... Inspector Wayland
Crawford Weaver ... Smokey
Cecil Kellaway ... Willard Lorryweather
Rollo Lloyd ... Vail


Bored with her work in an insurance office and wishing for a singing career, Marge Dexter (Joan Woodbury), goes to the Royal Beach Club for an interview with the owner, Marty Davis ('Bradley Page'). Waiting in his office she sees Davis wounding by a rival gangster, who is killed on the street thirty minutes later. Davis is arrested for the murder but Marge proves his alibi and the grateful gangster offers Marge a chance to sing in his club, and assigns "Gashouse' (Harry Parke, as Parkyakarkus) as her bodyguard. Police Inspector Wayland isn't convinced that Davis is totally innocent, and he assigns two officers who also play in the police band, Pete Cooper (Allan Lane)and Riley (Gordon Jones)to get work in the nightclub's orchestra and keep their eyes. Pete keeps his eyes mostly on Marge. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlinks.net>

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Young love in the meshes of under-world terror. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

25 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Spot See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the Motion Picture Herald, Robert Middlemass was a cast member in this film, but was cut before release. See more »


When Riley packs his saxophone after rehearsal; he leaves the instrument strap around his neck. But on the next cut when Riley and Cooper are given new assignments; Riley is now no longer wearing the strap. See more »


Pete Cooper: There's no rest for the honest.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are lit up as light bulbs on a marquis. See more »


The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played by the police band, conducted by Fred Kelsey
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Quick and enjoyable.
21 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, the double-feature was very common in movie theaters...so much so that an industry making these second features sprang up...both within the major studios as well as the tiny so-called 'Poverty Row' studios who only made these films. The term B-movie was coined to indicate that this was the B or lesser features, though this didn't necessarily mean that the films were bad...though that is more or less the connotation today.

In the case of "Night Spot", it's a B-movie made by one of the major studios, albeit a second-tier major. RKO did a good job with this one...managing to cram a lot of story into one hour as well as making a pretty watchable film.

A local nightclub is apparently being used as a cover by mobsters. So the police arrange to have two musicians go to work there and the men are actually cops. Their job includes not only keeping an eye out for irregularities but also investigating Miss Dexter. She's an alibi for the mob boss....and the police aren't sure if she's lying for him or not. Can the cops manage to get the goods on these evil doers? And, is Miss Dexter among them?

The story is told well...and quite economically since it's a B. While it has many of the usual story lines and conventions, it manages to do them very well and it's quite entertaining as well.

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