Cast & Crew
Ex-prizefighter Joe Anton owns the "55," a New York speakeasy that was once the Healy family mansion. Seeing Jerry Healy sitting alone in the club night after night, Joe becomes enamored of her and, resolving to get into a legitimate profession, dumps his girlfriend Iris Dawn and takes lessons in manners and "class" from the matronly Mabel Jellyman. Joe arranges to have dinner with Jerry, whom he calls "Miss Healy," but also invites Mrs. Jellyman to keep him from making a fool of himself. The dinner is interrupted by Maudie Triplett, Joe's old mistress, whose sharp wit and double-entendres embarrass Joe, but amuse the ladies. During a tour of the house, Iris pulls a gun on Jerry in Joe's bedroom, but Joe distracts her and saves Jerry, who kisses him and calls him the "pirate of the day." Meanwhile, mobster Frankie Guard wants to buy Joe's club because it is cutting into his own business, but Joe refuses to sell until he sees his chances with Jerry increase. He goes to Jerry's apartment to swear his love, but she tells him that she plans to marry the wealthy Dick Bolton, whom she does not love, to bolster her family's lost fortune. Calling Jerry "just another girl in a skirt," Joe leaves, disillusioned. That night, Frankie and his men arrive at the "55" to close the deal, but Joe reneges. In an attempt to deny her true feelings for Joe, Jerry arrives at the club and begins to wreck his bedroom, until he grabs her and kisses her. She rebuffs him until Frankie's mob arrives and starts shooting and she realizes that to save his life, she must admit her love. Finally the two embrace and Joe gives up his club to Frankie.
Night After Night
Night After Night
Goodness, what beautiful diamonds!- Onlooker
Goodness had nothing to do with it.- Maudie
This was Mae West's first film and was George Raft's first starring role. Hollywood Reporter noted on June 23, 1932 that shooting was delayed on this film while it was re-cast and re-written. According to the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library, in the first script of this film, dated June 20, 1932, David Burton is credited with direction, Elliot J. Clawson with screenplay, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz and William Slavens McNutt with dialogue. In a script dated August 6, 1932, they have been replaced by Archie Mayo (director) and Vincent Lawrence (screenplay). Nancy Carroll is listed as Raft's co-star in early scripts, and in the first white script, dated August 15, 1932, which also lists William Pawley as Leo. An early script included a prologue that showed "No. 55" as a new house in the 1890s, then showed it deteriorating into a speakeasy. The prologue was scheduled to be shot after the picture, but in the release dialogue script, dated October 5, 1932, it is reduced to a shot of the "55" house with a "SOLD" sign on it, followed by a FADEOUT, before a florist arrives and the main action of the movie begins.