Film: All Through The Night
All Through The Night
is a 1941 wartime comedy from Warner Brothers
directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Humphrey Bogart
, Conrad Veidt
, Peter Lorre
, Kaaren Verne, Judith Anderson, and William Demarest.
Gloves Donahue (Bogart) is a gambler who gets called by his mother (Jane Darwell) when Mr. Miller, who makes his favorite cheesecake, is murdered. When his mother follows Leda Hamilton (Verne), a nightclub singer, because she was asking about Miller, Gloves reluctantly gets involved, only to find himself going up against a group of Nazis (Veidt, Lorre and Anderson) who are planning a major act of sabotage.
This film contains examples of:
- Auction: Gloves and Barney go into the auction house to try and find Sunshine (who's been captured). Gloves sees a back room, and figures out the best way to get into the room is to bid on something.
- Clear My Name: Part of Gloves' motivation; when he accidentally drops one of his gloves at the scene where Joe Denning was killed, and because he was the last person to be seen with him, everyone assumes Gloves killed Denning.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When we first meet Ebbing, he looks like a decent, if somewhat flustered, auctioneer. Turns out, he's the Diabolical Mastermind.
- Enemy Mine: Gloves and Callahan, rivals who don't like each other (especially after Callahan thinks Gloves killed Denning, his partner), team up to fight the Nazis.
- Eureka Moment: Sunshine calls the Nazis a bunch of fifth columnists. Gloves realizes that's what Denning was trying to signal to him before he died.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: While Gloves isn't bad, exactly, he dotes on his mother, to the point he always comes when she calls, to the exasperation of his gang.
Starchie: This is very exasperating. We got a man on first, man on second, man on third, two out, bottom of the ninth, and what happens? We have to go.
Gloves: I can't help it. My mother called; she said it was urgent.
Gloves, Starchie and Sunshine: And when she says it's urgent, it's urgent.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Again, Gloves isn't exactly evil, but he's not really a good guy. However, that doesn't make him any more receptive to when Ebbing tries to recruit him:
Ebbing: It's a great pity, Mr. Donahue, that you and I should oppose each other. We have so much in common.
Gloves: Yeah? How's that?
Ebbing: You are a man of action. You take what you want, and so do we. You have no respect for democracy - neither do we. It's clear we should be allies.
Gloves: It's clear you're screwy. I've been a registered Democrat ever since I could vote. I may not be Model Citizen Number One, but I pay my taxes, wait for traffic lights, and buy 24 tickets to the Policeman's Ball. Brother, don't get me mixed up in no league that rubs out innocent bakers and...
- Gut Feeling: Gloves' mother follows Leda to the nightclub because she's got a feeling Leda knows something. And when she's got a feeling, she's got a feeling.
- Heel-Face Turn: Madame, after Ebbing gives her an Armor-Piercing Slap, tells Gloves where he's gone.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted with Barney. Not only that, but every attempt to get with his wife is thwarted.
Barney: But I haven't *got* any experience!
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Gloves; his first name is Alfred, but when Leda reveals she knows that, he warns her not to spread it around. Even his mother calls him Gloves or "son."
- Pet the Dog: Literally; as he prepares to interrogate Leda, Ebbing takes his pet dachshund into the room with him, talks to him gently, and then throws a ball for him to play with.
- Subverted later, however, when Ebbing takes the dachshund with him on his Suicide Attack. Ebbing doesn't make it, but it's implied the dog survives.
Leda: I also feel it's about time someone knocked the Axis back on its heels.
Gloves: Excuse me, baby. What she means is, it's about time somebody knocked those heels back on their axis!
- Tap on the Head: Leda does this to Gloves (though it's only to keep Pepi from killing him).
- Those Wacky Nazis: Or fifth columnists, in this case.