All Through the Night

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  1. 16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Light, silly WW2-era fun, February 4, 2003
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    Gwen Kramer “gwenhwyvar” (Sunny and not-so-sunny California) –

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    This movie is an often ignored part of Humphrey Bogart’s movie career. After all, this is the guy who was in The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The Treasure of Sierra Madre and The Caine Mutiny just to name a few highlights. Some people might have trouble adjusting to the rather silly mood of this film. However, you will probably enjoy it more if you know what you’re coming into.
    Bogart plays a New York gambler with mob ties who always wears gloves and has a weakness for cheesecake. When his favorite baker is murdered, he sets out to discover whodunit and in the process uncovers a Nazi plot for terrorism.
    But, to tell the truth, I wasn’t interested in this movie for the plot. It was the cast that interested me. Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre and Judith Anderson play the Nazi villains and who can think of a better bad guy line-up? All of them are excellent although I had a bit of trouble accepting that small-framed Lorre as the strong-arm of the group.
    Bogart is particularly amusing when he tries to bluff his way through a Nazi meeting when he has no idea what is going on and his knowledge of German is limited to two words! In fact, the entire cast seems to be enjoying themselves and as a result, the audience enjoys the movie even more.
    While this is not a masterpiece, it is certainly enjoying for what it is: an action/comedy with propaganda elements that just happens to have some of the greatest actors of the time. The double talk is fast and funny, the plot doesn’t make much sense but the script throws everything but the kitchen sink at you so you don’t really notice.
    Verdict:

    You will like it: If you are a rabid Veidt, Lorre, Bogart or Anderson fan. If you want a fast, funny way to spend an evening.

    You will not like it: If you expecting another Casablanca. If you are overly choosey about “serious” plots.
    Enjoy!

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  2. 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Patriotic Comedy Classic, March 19, 2002
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    In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart tells the German commander that there are parts of New York City he would recommend NOT invading. All Through The Night kind of takes that scenario and runs with it, only the enemy is German-American terrorists. It is up to fedora-sporting semi-gangsters to stop them. At first they see the ‘Fifth-Columnists’ as just another gang trying to move in, but Bogart realizes the sinister nature of the Nazis and convinces even his arch-rivals that America (especially New York) is worth fighting for. The ending scene where the secret Nazi gathering is broken up by base-ball bat wielding New Yorkers must have really pulled at the patriotic heartstrings of 1941 movie audiences. This is a great movie.

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  3. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An enjoyable film!, December 17, 2000
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    meiringen “meiringen” (the Midwest) –

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    A nice change of pace for Bogie–still a shady character (with a soft spot for his Mom [Jane Darwell, who gets "a feelin'" that something isn't quite right, and sets Bogie on the case] and his favorite cheesecake, baked in the old neighborhood), but willing to take on the Nazis after they murder the baker….

    As others have noted, the “double-talk” sequence with Bogie and Demerest is priceless, and director Sherman keeps the pace quick and snappy.

    An overlooked gem in Bogie’s films, and one you should check out!

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