Shot in the Night (1923)

  • AllMovie Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Share on

A bandit known only as the "Midnight Terror" is terrorizing an entire town in this all-black thriller from Caucasian producer Ben Strasser. In the latest heist, the theft of half a million dollars, a local banker is killed and the entire police force is called out for the search. But it is an eight-year-old boy playing detective who accidentally stumbles over the "Terror's" hideout. Caught snooping around by the killer, the boy finds himself in grave trouble but is saved in the nick of time by the district attorney. The Terror, however, manages to escape only to be caught attempting to abduct the dead bank president's pretty daughter. Little Bobby Smart played the snooping boy, heading a cast of "race film" veterans that also included Walter Holeby, Ruth Freeman, and Tom Amos. The "Midnight Terror" was portrayed by one Walter Long, an African-American performer who should not be confused with the veteran white character actor of the same name.