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After Tonight(1933)

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The working titles of this film were The Woman Spy, Free Lady and Without Glory. Daily Variety reviewed it as The Woman Spy and gave the preview running time as 85 minutes, suggesting that the film May have been cut before general distribution. Hollywood Reporter and Film Daily news items give the following information about the production: Cecil Strange was assigned as the picture's story writer in early June 1933. By the end of the month, however, RKO announced that the project was being shelved because the story was not suitable for Constance Bennett. In July 1933, RKO assigned writer Worthington Miner, a former stage director, to "assist" in the dialogue direction. Vera Lewis, Frank Reicher and Dr. Karl Lohausen were cast in August 1933, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In the Daily Variety preview review, Robert Benchley is listed as a screenwriter with Murfin and LeVino. A March 1934 Daily Variety news item states that Baroness Carla Jenssen filed a plagiarism suit against RKO, charging that After Tonight was an unauthorized version of her own story, "She Spys." Jenssen asked for $750,000 in damages, but it is not known if the case ever went to trial. According to modern sources, RKO lost $100,000 on the film. Modern sources give the following additional cast members: William Wagner (Overcoat spy), Edward Keane (Intelligence officer), William von Brincken (Captain-Officer of the day), Herman Bing (Railroad ticket clerk), George Davis (Frenchman), Frank O'Connor (Officer on train), Selmer Jackson (Spy), Julie Haydon (Hysterical nurse), Hooper Atchley (Contact who is captured), Landers Stevens (Major), Major Sam Harris (German officer), Virginia Weidler (Olga, Carla's niece), Hans Furberg and Adrienne d'Ambricourt. In addition, Vera Lewis' character is listed as "Anna Huber, a cleaner" and Frank Reicher's as "Major-Medical officer" in modern sources.