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Club Paradise, originally named Sensation Hunters (October 13, 1945)

Doris Merrick in Club Paradise
 

Released October 13, 1945: (running time 62 minutes) A young girl falls in love with a dark, handsome, and mysterious man.

Directed by Christy Cabanne

The Actors: Robert Lowery (Danny Burke), Doris Merrick (Julie Rogers), Eddie Quillan (Ray Lawson), Constance Worth (Irene), Isabel Jewell (Mae), Wanda McKay (Helen), Nestor Paiva (Lew Davis, loan shark), Vince Barnett (Ray's talent agent), Minerva Urecal (Edna Rogers), Janet Shaw (Katie Rogers), The Rubenettes (dancing ensemble), Lyle Talbot (Randall), Johnson Brothers (themselves), Bobby Barber (waiter), Joseph Forte (doctor), Byron Foulger (Mark Rogers), John Hamilton (night court judge), Kenner G. Kemp (gambling house extra), Jack Kenney (headwaiter at the Paradise Club), Maurice Murphy (Fred Rogers), Billy Nelson (Paradise Club Maitre D'), Dewey Robinson (Stony the bartender at the Paradise Club), Lee 'Lasses' White (arcade croupier)

 

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Walking on the Dark Side of Paradise

Nancy Hanks married Thomas Lincoln in 1806, and three years later they had a baby boy that they named Abraham Lincoln. In 1913 Robert Larkin Hanks, was born to a descendant of Nancy Hanks’ family, and when Robert Hanks began acting, he used the stage name of Robert Lowery, the male star of this noir adventure.

The Great Depression dominated the decade of the 1930’s, and movie producers made many uplifting, ‘prosperity is just around the corner’ movies. From 1941-1945 the world was consumed with World War Two. Men were fighting in uniform, and women were working in factories. Hollywood was consumed with producing movies about the war, and home life during the war years.

Now, at the end of 1945, World War Two is over, and movie makers can explore stories that were impossible to do before. They could explore the dark side of life, and Film Noir was born. Our adventure opens on a dark and lonely night. A man walks towards the dark entrance of Club Paradise and knocks on the door. The club is closed for the night, and there is no one inside.

Then, from an apartment above the Club Paradise, a woman opens her door and motions for the man to come up. The man climbs the stairs and goes into the second apartment, closing the door behind him. Suddenly, two gunshots ring out in the quiet night, and the screen goes dark.

As the screen once again lights up, we are moving back in time a few weeks, and joining the Rogers family at dinnertime. Our female leading actor, Doris Merrick, is the last to come to the dinner table, and our noir murder adventure is about to begin. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Doris Merrick and Robert Lowery
Doris Merrick and Robert Lowery
Billy Nelson
Doris Merrick and Robert Lowery
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger, Janet Shaw, Maurice Murphy
Byron Foulger, Janet Shaw, Maurice Murphy
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger
Constance Worth
Constance Worth
Constance Worth
Constance Worth
Constance Worth, Doris Merrick
Constance Worth, Doris Merrick
Constance Worth, Nestor Paiva
Constance Worth, Nestor Paiva
Constance Worth, Robert Lowery
Constance Worth, Robert Lowery
Constance Worth
Constance Worth
Dewey Robinson
Dewey Robinson
Doris Merrick
Doris Merrick
Doris Merrick, Byron Foulger
Doris Merrick, Byron Foulger
Doris Merrick, Eddie Quillan
Doris Merrick, Eddie Quillan
Doris Merrick, Wanda McKay
Doris Merrick, Wanda McKay
Doris Merrick
Doris Merrick
Doris Merrick
Doris Merrick
Doris Merrick
Doris Merrick
Eddie Quillan
Eddie Quillan
Eddie Quillan, Wanda McKay
Eddie Quillan, Wanda McKay
Eddie Quillan, Wanda McKay
Eddie Quillan, Wanda McKay
Eddie Quillan
Eddie Quillan
Eddie Quillan
Eddie Quillan
Isabel Jewell
Isabel Jewell
Isabel Jewell, Doris Merrick
Isabel Jewell, Doris Merrick
Isabel Jewell
Isabel Jewell
Janet Shaw, Maurice Murphy
Janet Shaw, Maurice Murphy
John Hamilton
John Hamilton
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
Robert Lowery
Robert Lowery
Robert Lowery, Doris Merrick
Robert Lowery, Doris Merrick
Robert Lowery, Doris Merrick
Robert Lowery, Doris Merrick
Robert Lowery
Robert Lowery