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ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (1942)

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Humphrey Bogart cleans house in this comedy thriller pitting gangsters against Nazi saboteurs. Shot before the U.S. entered World War II, this film could afford a more light-hearted approach to the Third Reich at the time. Bogart stars as a gangster investigating the disappearance of the man who bakes his favorite cheesecake. The culprits are a Nazi spy ring headed by Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre and Judith Anderson. Before long, Bogart has all the New York mobs trying to stop the ring from blowing up a battleship and helping him rescue a kidnapped singer (Kaaren Verne). Bogart was third choice to play Gloves Donahue. Producer Hal Wallis reportedly wanted to give the role to newspaper columnist Walter Winchell, but the writer couldn’t free up enough time to make the film. When George Raft turned the role down, Bogart stepped in again (he’d already inherited 1941’s The Maltese Falcon and High Sierra from Raft). He’s aided by top character players like William Demarest, Jane Darwell, Frank McHugh, Barton MacLane and Edward Brophy. The film also features early appearances by comics Phil Silvers and Jackie Gleason. Two of the actors on opposite sides on-screen found a little off-screen dĂ©tente: Verne and Lorre fell in love and would marry three years later. (d. Vincent Sherman, 107m)

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