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The Night of the Party

Michael Powell’s fun stage adaptation about a murder at a society party, with characterful performances from its fine ensemble cast.

Crime 1934 61 mins Not rated

Director: Michael Powell

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Overview

Powell was dismissive of this stage adaptation, about a murder at a society party, which was foisted on him by Gaumont-British boss Michael Balcon. While it may betray its stage origins, it’s more fun than Powell suggested, with inventively staged scenes, and characterful performances from its fine ensemble cast – including repeat collaborators Leslie Banks and Ian Hunter, alongside the scene-stealing Ernest Thesiger.

Remastering has been supported by Matt Spick and the Charles Skey Charitable Trust.

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