In 1935 Universal Pictures released the Night Life of the Gods movie based on the best selling Thorne Smith novel of the same name.
Produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr and directed by Lowell Sherman, this movie has never been released in any home video format. There are bootleg copies that can be found by collectors but I can assure you that most of these copies of the movie look pretty dark or dim which makes it very hard to see all of the action. Actually, it's even tougher to sit through the whole film because of the poor quality. No matter how little you might pay for a bootleg copy it is really not worth the price you pay for them.
The good news is that the movie has been restored for the UCLA Film Archive.
Although there has been no word of a DVD release so far, our friends at Turner Classic Movies has been collecting votes from it's viewers about whether to release Night Life of the Gods on DVD (they had 37 votes last time I checked).
Click on the PLAY button in the middle of the screen above to watch the actual opening 3 minutes of Universal's 1935 film based on the Thorne Smith novel of the same name.
You can also watch this Night Life of the Gods movie teaser on the
While the quality is not great, it gives you a little tease of what we all hope we'll get to see should TCM ever show the film, or better yet, release it on DVD for Thorne Smith fans to purchase.
I'll be posting more info on the cast and crew as soon as possible.
William (Stage) Boyd
Pat De Cicco
Barry Trivers (Screenplay)
John P. Fulton (Special Effects)
In the meantime, here's a great little review by Dan Stumpf at Steve Lewis' MysteryFile.com blog: http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=1453
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