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Midnight Court (1937)

Victor Shanley (John Litel) has had enough. As a district attorney who got beaten down into alcoholism by the futile fight against corruption, he doesn't see the point of staying on the straight and narrow any more. But his devoted ex-wife (and court reporter) Carol (Ann Dvorak) knows that's just the liquor talking. When Victor gets wrapped up in a car theft ring, will his goodness win out over his cynicism? Was Carol right about him--or is he just another sap ready to take a fall for the criminal underworld? Presented to audiences as a voyeuristic slice-of-life into how the bottom feeders live, this movie was one of Dvorak's final for Warner Brothers. In retaliation for bringing lawsuits against them, Warners had not given her work for a year, but she used the time to catch up on rest and gain back the weight she'd lost from frayed nerves. Given the plum role and star billing she received for this picture, it seems as though fences were temporarily mended, were it not for the strikingly bizarre "dresses" her character's made to wear.

By Violet LeVoit

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