Roadhouse Nights

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1930
  • Running time: 68 min
Roadhouse Nights is a 1930 American Pre-Code gangster film. A number of sources including Sally Cline in her book Dashiell Hammett Man of Mystery claim it is based on the classic novel Red Harvest written by Dashiell Hammett (author of The Maltese... read more

Roadhouse Nights is a 1930 American Pre-Code gangster film. A number of sources including Sally Cline in her book Dashiell Hammett Man of Mystery claim it is based on the classic novel Red Harvest written by Dashiell Hammett (author of The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and The Glass Key). However the credits of the film itself say only "An Original Screenplay by Ben Hecht." Hammett receives no mention at all (and the plots are not similar). The movie, an unusual amalgam of musical comedy and gangster melodrama, was directed by Hobart Henley, stars Helen Morgan, Charles Ruggles, and Fred Kohler, and features a rare screen musical comedy performance by Jimmy Durante, in his screen debut, with his vaudeville partners Lou Clayton and Eddie Jackson ("Clayton, Jackson, and Durante"). Helen Morgan also sings It Can't Go On Like This.

Original Release

02/23/1930

US Release

02/23/1930

Cast

Helen Morgan Lola Fagan
Charles Ruggles Willie Bindbugel
Fred Kohler Sam Horner
Jimmy Durante Daffy (as Durante) / Daffy
Louis Clayton Joe
Eddie Jackson Moe
Joe King John Hanson
Fuller Mellish Jr. Hogan
Leo Donnelly City Editor Keeley
Tammany Young Jerry
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Hobart Henley

Writers

Ben Hecht, Dashiell Hammett

Cast

Helen Morgan Lola Fagan
Charles Ruggles Willie Bindbugel
Fred Kohler Sam Horner
Jimmy Durante Daffy (as Durante) / Daffy
Louis Clayton Joe
Eddie Jackson Moe
Joe King John Hanson
Fuller Mellish Jr. Hogan
Leo Donnelly City Editor Keeley
Tammany Young Jerry
The Durante Orchestra Orchestra
Lou Clayton Joe
Harry C. Bradley Hotel Desk Clerk
Hal K. Dawson Newspaperman
Jimmy Granato Clarinet / Saxophone Player
Irving Sherman Banjo / Guitar Player

Producers

Editors

Helene Turner

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