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All Night (film)

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All Night
Poster for the 1922 re-release
Directed byPaul Powell
Written byFred Myton (scenario)
Story byEdgar Franklin
StarringCarmel Myers
Rudolpho di Valentina
Charles Dorian
Mary Warren
William Dyer
Distributed byBluebird Photoplays
Release date
  • November 30, 1918 (1918-11-30)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

All Night is a 1918 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Paul Powell and starring Carmel Myers and Rudolph Valentino (credited as Rudolpho di Valentina). It was released by Universal Pictures under the name Bluebird Photoplays.[1]

A print of the film still survives and was released to DVD by Grapevine Video in 2005.[2][3]

1918 advertisement for the original release with the tagline "Fools Rush In Where Husbands Fear To Tread." Note that Carmel Myers is given top billing and that Valentino is not even mentioned; four years later, Valentino was one of the biggest stars of the screen and as such was heavily promoted for the re-release.

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Richard Thayer, a shy, unassuming man (Valentino), is in love with a sheltered young woman, Elizabeth ("Beth") Lane (Myers). While the feelings are mutual and Richard wishes to propose, he can never find a moment to speak to Beth alone—she is constantly surrounded by admirers and her overprotective father (Wadsworth Harris).

Richard explains his predicament to his friends, young married couple William and Maude Harcourt (Charles Dorian and Mary Warren). They agree to help by hosting Richard and Beth at a private dinner at their home. Beth's father agrees to let her dine with the Harcourts, but insists that she keep to an 11:00 curfew.

The evening of the dinner William Harcourt receives a telegram from a prospective business associate, Bradford (William Dyer), informing him that he is arriving that night for a surprise visit. The announcement throws the Harcourts into a panic. William has recently mortgaged his home and life savings to buy a copper mine; he is counting on a $1-million investment from Bradford to save his business and house. He does not have any servants to welcome the millionaire, having fired them earlier in the day in a fit of rage.

Working together, the four friends devise a plan: Richard and Beth will pose as the Harcourts; the real Harcourts will play the servants because they are familiar with the layout of their house. The scheme initially works, but things quickly deteriorate when Bradford, an eccentric, overbearing man, starts flirting with Maude Harcourt and insisting that Richard and Beth turn in for the night. The situation worsens when Beth misses her curfew and her father shows up at the Harcourt home to look for her. Eventually, everything is solved, but not before Col. Lane is locked in the pantry, Richard falls out a window and William is tossed out of his own house.



All Night was reviewed by Motion Picture News on October 28, 1918 while it was under its working title, One Bright Idea. The reviewer, P. S. Harrison, was beaming: "This is about the craziest thing I have ever seen. It is so funny you will die laughing when you see it. It seems strange producers don't make more pictures along these lines." He went on to summarize its plot and concluded with, "The picture contains no offensive scenes. It is a wholesome comedy all the way through and fit to show any audience."[4]


Richard Thayer (Rudolph Valentino)

All Night is one of Valentino's earliest films, and one of the few in which he plays a comedic role. In contrast to the screen persona of "The Great Lover", his character of Richard Thayer is shy and insecure. For this film, Valentino performed several scenes of physical comedy and pratfalls, including falling from a window into a barrel of water. Valentino and Myers starred together previously in A Society Sensation, also directed by Paul Powell. Powell praised Valentino's work. Valentino recalled to Photoplay, "He was the first to say, 'Stick to it and you'll make a name for yourself.'"[5]


Poster for the 1922 re-release
Poster for the 1922 re-release

Unlike the re-releases of early Valentino films A Society Sensation and Stolen Moments, the original length of All Night was kept intact. Re-release advertisements described Valentino's role as that of an "ideal lover" and the story as "a throbbing romance of love, beauty, and daring".[6][7] These descriptions can't be farther from the truth and were only meant to capitalize on Valentino's new image as the "Great Lover".[according to whom?]


  1. ^ White Munden, Kenneth, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog Of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1921-1930, Part 1. University of California Press. p. 14. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.
  2. ^ "2005 Grapevine Video DVD edition". Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film: All Night at
  4. ^ Harrison, P. S. (1918). "'One Bright Idea' (Temporary Title)" Motion Picture News
  5. ^ Valentino, Rudolph (April 1923). "My Life Story". Photoplay. New York: Photoplay Publishing Company. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Fox Books Year's Greatest Revival!". Universal Weekly. New York: Moving Picture Weekly Publishing Co. November 25, 1922. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Treat Extraordinary!". Universal Weekly. New York: Moving Picture Weekly Publishing Co. November 18, 1922. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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