Night Key (1937)

Night Key (1937)





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In this crime thriller, an ailing scientist is robbed of the burglar alarm that he invented -- by his partner, who owns a security company. The scientist invents a superior alarm to provide for his daughter and tries to sell it to the company, but his partner refuses to sell it.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Boris Karloff
as David Mallory
Warren Hull
as Jim Travers
Jean Rogers
as Joan Mallory
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Petty Louie
Samuel S. Hinds
as Steve Ranger
Alan Baxter
as John Baron
Edwin Maxwell
as Lawyer Kruger
Ward Bond
as Finger Man
Frank Reicher
as Carl - gang engineer
Ethan Laidlaw
as Henchman (uncredited)
George Cleveland
as Sam Adams - Company Engineer (uncredited)
Frank S. Hagney
as Henchman (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson
as Police Capt. Wallace (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri
as Alarm Technician (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn
as ABC Delivery Garageman-Thug (uncredited)
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One of the first movies that I know of where the criminals use technology to commit crimes. It's very interesting in that respect, but otherwise it's kind of silly.

Aj V
Aj V

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Grade "B" picture isn't too bad. It has a low budget but it's done well and the plot is nothing great but it is reasonably original. Good supporting cast and Karloff is good.

James Higgins
James Higgins

After being cheated out his latest security system by his former business partner, Steve Ranger (Hinds), inventor and security expert Dave Mallory (Karloff) sets out to gain revenge and force the crooked business man to change the deal to a fair one. Together with a petty thief (Cavanaugh), Mallory sets about using another invention--the Night Key--to override the alarm system he created and cause harmless mischeif in places protected by it. But, before Mallory manages to embarrass Ranger into submission, a ruthless gangster (Baxter) learn of his device and forces him to assist them in a major heist. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]A ruthless gangster (Alan Baxter) makes an offer that [/center] [center]hapless inventor Dave Mallory (Boris Karloff) can't refuse[/i][/center] "Night Key" is a fun, fast-paced 1930s techno-thriller--it's like a "Firewall" or "Mission Impossible II" of its day, only with humor replacing the violence and a script written by someone who actually knew how to write and properly develop characters in a very short space. Of course, it also helps that the film features a fabulous cast, with everyone being perfect in their parts and everyone giving top-of-the-line performances. Thanks to good direction and even better acting, the film provides many moments of touching comedy (such as the scene where Mallory and his criminal associate have fun opening every umbrella in an umbrella store) and intense excitement (such as when Mallory devises a way to escape the clutches of the gangsters who have kidnapped him and are holding his daugther for ransom). Everything in the film works perfectly, except for a rather pointless romance between Mallory's daughter and a security guard. However, this is such a minor part of the overall movie that it hardly has an impact. "Night Key" is one of five little-known Boris Karloff films included in the "Boris Karloff Collection" from Universal. [url=""]The set is available from for less than S25[/url], and, despite the deceptive cover blubs ("Five Chilling Horror Classics!" and "The Master of Horror in His Most Frightening Roles!"... "Night Key is not a horror film, nor is Karloff's grandfatherly, gentle-minded Dave Mallory going to frighten anyone), it's well worth owning for any Boris Karloff fan. [url=""]Click here for more information.[/url] Night Key Starring: Boris Karloff, Hobart Cavanaugh, Jean Rogers, Warren Hull, Samuel S. Hinds, Alan Baxter and Ward Bond Director: Lloyd Corrigan

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