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One Crowded Night (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 9 August 1940 (USA)
Crucial events in the lives of many people occur on the same night in the same place.


Irving Reis


Richard Collins (screen play by), Arnaud d'Usseau (screen play by) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Billie Seward ... Gladys
William Haade ... Joe
Anne Revere ... Mae
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim
Emma Dunn ... Ma
George Watts George Watts ... Pa
Dick Hogan ... Vince
Gale Storm ... Anni
Don Costello ... Lefty
Steve Pendleton ... Mat (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Charles Lang ... Matson
Pamela Blake ... Ruth (as Adele Pearce)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Joseph
Casey Johnson Casey Johnson ... Bobby
Harry Shannon ... McDermott




At a small, struggling motor court in the Mojave Desert, events in the lives of many people climax on the same night. The family running the roadside cafe/motel is there escaping from a scandal back home. But it catches up with them. Coincidentally, a woman working there is confronted by her past also, which is connected to the scandal. And two other people who arrive separately are also involved with each other and get caught up in the action. Everything comes together in the final act as the cast of characters resolve their problems and past errors. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Film debut of Charles Lang. See more »


When the large black car pulls up and the driver asks Pa for a cabin for the three, a large group of the production crew is visible in reflection in the side of the car. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the words "It's Later than you Think", in the center of a ring of stones, numbered to look like a clock. See more »

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adventure in the desert
3 July 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Drama in the Mojave desert, in this shortie from RKO. Mom runs a motel, and is trying to keep the truth about Dad from junior, as well as from customers who think they recognize her. "Brother Joseph". who turns out to be a doctor, comes along, selling snake oil, and always seems to be channeling W.C. Fields when he speaks. Stuff happens, more guests check in, and their lives will never be the same. Things move right along at a brisk pace here, since we have to wrap all this up in 68 minutes. This is the adult version off the kids book "Pink Motel". Several stories overlap as guests come and go. It's alright. That's all. no big names, no compelling stories. mildly entertaining. Shown now and then on Turner Classics. in IMDb its called One Crowded Night, but it also seems to be known as "It's Later than you Think", which accounts for the scene at the beginning of the film. Directed by Irving Reis... died from cancer at 47.

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Release Date:

9 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Later Than You Think See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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