Night Key

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Night Key
Directed by Lloyd Corrigan
Produced by Robert Pressnel
Screenplay by
  • Tristram Tupper
  • John C. Moffitt
Story by William Pierce
Music by Louis Forbes
Cinematography George Robinson
John P. Fulton
Edited by Otis Garrett
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • April 18, 1937 (1937-04-18) (New York City)[1]
  • May 2, 1937 (1937-05-02) (U.S.)[2]
  • August 16, 1937 (1937-08-16) (Los Angeles)[1]
Running time
68 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $192,000+[1][2]

Night Key is a science fiction crime film starring Boris Karloff and released by Universal Pictures in 1937.[1][2]


The inventor of a burglar alarm (Karloff) attempts to get back at the man who stole the profits to his invention (Hinds) before he goes blind. The device is then subverted by gangsters (Baxter, et al.) who apply pressure to the inventor and use his device to facilitate burglaries.



Filming began on January 18, 1937 with a budget of $175,000. Filming ended on either February 16 or February 20, 6 days over schedule and $17,000 over budget.[1][2]

Home video release[edit]

This film, along with Tower of London, The Climax, The Strange Door and The Black Castle, was released on DVD in 2006 by Universal Studios as part of The Boris Karloff Collection.

This DVD set contains the rerelease version of this film from Realart Pictures, Inc.. It also contains the rerelease version of the theatrical trailer

The packaging for this DVD set erroneously indicates that this film has a running time of 78 minutes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomahawk Press, 2011 pp. 209-212
  2. ^ a b c d e Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas, Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-46 Second Edition, McFarland, 2007 pp. 170-175

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