Night After Night (film)

Night After Night

theatrical release poster
Directed by Archie Mayo
Produced by William LeBaron (uncredited)[1]
Written by Kathryn Scola (continuity)
Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence
Based on "Single Night" (short story)
by Louis Bromfield
Starring George Raft
Constance Cummings
Mae West
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 14, 1932 (1932-10-14) (US)
  • [1] ([1])
Running time
70 or 76 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Night After Night is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film starring George Raft, Constance Cummings, and Mae West in her first movie role. Others in the cast include Wynne Gibson, Alison Skipworth, Roscoe Karns, Louis Calhern, and Bradley Page. Directed by Archie Mayo, it was adapted for the screen by Vincent Lawrence and Kathryn Scola, based on the Cosmopolitan magazine story Single Night by Louis Bromfield, with West allowed to contribute to her lines of dialogue.

Although Night After Night is not a comedy, it has many comedic moments, especially with the comic relief of West, who plays a supporting role in her screen debut. West portrays a fictionalized version of Texas Guinan and the film remains primarily remembered as the launching pad for her career. Raft campaigned to cast his friend and former employer Guinan herself but the studio opted for West since she was nine years younger. Raft believed that the part would have launched a major film career for Guinan, which proved to be the case for West instead. (West was reportedly a fan of Guinan and incorporated some of the flamboyant Guinan's ideas into her own acts).[2]


Joe Anton (Raft) is a speakeasy owner who falls in love with socialite Miss Healy (Cummings). He takes lessons in high-class mannerisms from Mrs. Jellyman (Skipworth). Joe does not know that Miss Healy only pays attention to him because he lives in the fancy apartment that her family lost in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Joe decides to instead pursue his old flame Iris Dawn (Gibson) just as Miss Healy begins to genuinely fall in love with him.[3]


Mae West in publicity photo for Night After Night


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

Maudie Triplett: "Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie."
– Nominated[4]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Night After Night at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. Asker, Everett (2013) The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company. p.30
  3. "Night After Night". Allmovie. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  4. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-30.
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