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Crime | Thriller
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68 min
IMDB Rating:
6.4 / 10 
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Directors: Lloyd Corrigan [Director] ,

Movie Description:
The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system is kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies.


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Unfairly forgotten gem of Karloff's

It's true what they say, if you don't expect anything or better yet you keep your expectations as low as possible - you're in for a pleasant surprise. That's exactly what happened with "Night key", a movie that is so unique that I don't believe I have ever seen something like it before. Boris Karloff plays a down-on-his-luck scientist whose invention has made a millionaire out of another man, a dramatic role he handled beautifully. You don't get to see Karloff, a horror legend, in a movie that has nothing to do with scaring people that often which just proves how versatile of a performer he really is. The movie itself doesn't belong to any specific genre, let it be drama, sci-fi, romance, comedy or thriller it succeeds in each one. The main protagonist is a person of high moral standards, so much that he, even while seeking revenge, he uses them not to be vengeful but simply to show what it takes to be an honest, smart and true human being and is therefore a perfect role model for anyone. Finest performances and overall feeling this movie gives while watching makes it arguably the most enjoyable hour of your life.

Very good minor Karloff vehicle

Highly enjoyable B-picture with a good cast, humor and excitement. Boris Karloff is Dave Mallory, an inventor-genius responsible for a clever alarm system. An old associate who had cheated him in the past is up to the same tricks, attempting to steal his latest ideas. It looks like it's going to work until a security guard who's interested in Mallory's daughter manages to foil the old guy's plot and that of a gang led by a scoundrel called "The Kid".A perfect example of the economic second feature, balancing an intriguing plot with a romantic subplot that's never over-played. Karloff is great and very sympathetic. With standouts Warren Hull, Samuel S. Hinds, Ward Bond and Alan Baxter as "The Kid". One of best of several minor films from Hollywood's no-horror period with Karloff in the lead.

Very Solid And Fun!

Hadn't heard much about this film before. I knew Karloff was in it, and that was just about it.

Had such a fun time watching it.

Boris was so great here, and the actress playing his daughter was also great. They actually felt like a realistic portrayal of a father and daughter's relationship. I also think the lead mobster guy was fantastic! There were moments where he didn't have to say anything, and yet his performance was very strong.

I highly recommend the movie to anyone whom hasn't seen it before-especially to Karloff fans. He steals the show, here.
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