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Tonight or Never (1931)

A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

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(as Mervyn Leroy)

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(adaptation), (adaptation) (as Frederick Hatton) | 2 more credits »
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Jim Fletcher
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Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni
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Rudig
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A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

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1933 (Sweden)  »

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This film marks the screen debut of Melvyn Douglas. See more »

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Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni: And that is just the trouble, it is nothing but an organ. It is as cold and as passionless as one of these American iceboxes. Let me tell you a secret; no woman can ever be a great artist without love, without passion, without a great inside flame in her heart. If she were really an artist, she would sing with more than her voice, she would sing with her heart and her soul and her body. I did!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) See more »

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Delightful comedy with Swanson at her peak.
10 September 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

We are fortunate indeed that Milestone Films have restored this to video. It is a delightful comedy with Swanson in top form as a light comedienne and with Melvyn Douglas matching her all the way. If there had been more than three Best Actress Oscar nominees that year, Ms. Swanson might have been given a nomination for her work here. This is a "star turn" in every sense of the word. She embellishes the role with her personality, enfolds it and gives a superb performance. The 35 mm nitrate negative from which the video is struck is in "perfect condition" - almost as if it had been made yesterday. The script is a direct transfer from the play to film concerning an "unfeeling" diva who attempts to put a little zip in her life by organizing herself to have an affair. Mistaken identities and some naughty double entendres add to the fun. A film one leaves glowing with a smile on one's face. Do seek it out.


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