A Night in New Orleans (1942)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A solid Jonathan Latimer screenplay is one of the "plusses" of the medium-budget mystery A Night in New Orleans. Preston S. Foster plays police lieutenant Steve Abbott, at present engrossed in a baffling murder case. As he pieces the clues together, Abbott comes to the sobering conclusion that his own wife Ethel (Patricia Morrison) may be intimately involved in the murder. It gets worse: soon Abbott himself is accused of the crime. The film is full of clever little touches, notably a scene in which the heroine is seen reading a book written by none other than Jonathan Latimer! Featured in the cast of A Night in New Orleans is Ginger Rogers' former stand-in Jean Phillips, whom Paramount briefly groomed for stardom in the early 1940s.

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death, exoneration, false-accusation, family, gambling, gangster, help, husband, interrogator, investigation, killing, lieutenant, murder, name-clearing, partner, police, suspect, suspicion