Midnight Intruder Film Details
Overview: A former actor poses as the son of a wealthy man and gets involved in a murder in which the real son is a suspect.
Review: This is a very entertaining, amusing, and at times even suspenseful lesson about what a mess you can get in if you break into an empty house belonging to complete strangers just because you’re broke, hungry and soaking wet from the rain… That’s exactly what young Barry Gilbert (Louis Hayward) and his friend ‘Doc’ Norton do one night – anyway, they’re planning to leave right away the next morning, so it’s just a slight case of trespassing! But, when they’re mistaken by the servants and even the neighbors and friends for the ‘prodigal’ son of the house’s owner, and in addition find a letter from the son’s mother with 500 dollars in it (which, as ‘Doc’ comments quite rightly when Gilbert puts the money in his pocket – only to give it back later, he assures – adds larceny to their ‘criminal record’), Gilbert finally decides to temporarily assume the identity of the son, who’s obviously not coming home in the near future – all this luxury and easy living is just too tempting for the cheeky young fellow! BUT then the real John Reitter Jr., whom Gilbert had hoped to be able to impersonate for quite a while, DOES turn up: in jail, on a murder charge… And so, feeling pity for the boy’s mother and wife, who assures him that he’s innocent, Gilbert (with the REAL reporter’s blood that flows in his veins) tries to solve the case, no matter what the consequences for himself may be… Quite a nice bit of late 30s’ movie entertainment, with elements from comedy to crime to family drama – and obviously very much underrated and forgotten today, although it offers something not only for whodunit fans, but also for friends of a ‘lighter’ kind of classic cinema. A good cast and a pretty unusual script really make this movie a neat little piece of good old Hollywood nostalgia!
Duration: 68 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Also known as: Intruso Noturno,The Welcome Impostor,Midnight Intruder