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Night Life of the Gods

Night Life of the Gods(1935)

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Although not viewed, the credits for this film were taken from a studio cutting continuity. The title reads: "Thorne Smith's Night Life of the Gods." The foreword reads: "Once upon a time, a famous author named Thorne Smith wrote a book, conceived in a moment of delicious delirium, and written in a cuckoo clock. The first chapters convinced us he was crazy. The ensuing left doubt that possibly we were. So we leave you to enjoy this new and completely mad type of whimsical humor on the screen. Stop rattling cellophane! Take Sonny's shoes off! Park your gum under the seat where it belongs, and let's all go crazy together."
       According to a news item in Daily Variety on August 8, 1934, Universal hired five sculptors to make life-size plastic figures for the film, many of which would resemble the cast members. Daily Variety also reported that as many as thirty sculptors might be needed to finish the statues in time for production. The New York Times reviewer remarked that "the current cinema morality has forced [director] Sherman to abandon most of the ribald humor of the original." All of the film's reviews except Variety and New York Times state that the film ends with Hunter turning himself and Meg into stone. Variety describes the dream ending (included in the above plot), which was part of the continuity script. Due to the fact that Variety reviewed the film last, the dream ending May have been added after the film was previewed. The New York Times review does not refer to the ending at all. Night Life of the Gods was the last complete film that Sherman acted in or directed. He died in late December 1934 while directing Becky Sharp.