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This Is the Night (1932)

An affair is almost exposed when Claire's husband unexpectedly returns early from Summer Olympics.

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An affair is almost exposed when Claire's husband unexpectedly returns early from Summer Olympics.

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Film debut of Cary Grant. See more »

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When Bunny and Stephen, carrying his javelins, after arriving back unexpectedly from his trip to the Olympics, go into the next room, a large shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the doorway and wall behind it. See more »

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Bunny West: 1. Am I a pal or am I a pal?
Gerald Gray: 2. I don't know which
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Remake of Good and Naughty (1926) See more »

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This Is the Night
Written by Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger
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An Enjoyable Pre-Code
10 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claire (Thelma Todd) and Gerald (Roland Young) are carrying on a rather heated affair, but just as they are about to go away together to Venice, Claire's javelin-throwing husband Stephen (Cary Grant) returns home. In order to dispel his distrust, Gerald hires a woman to pose as his wife. Germaine (Lili Damita) is a hungry young French actress who poses as a more experienced woman named Chou Chou. She vamps Gerald incessantly while Stephen is around, and she is so successful that she makes Claire insanely jealous.

This sing-songy film is a delight to watch. It is fast-paced, comedic, and filled with a stellar cast, but it is not well known today. Film collectors find it interesting because it marks Cary Grant's first screen appearance and because it is one of the few films of Lili Damita, a popular but heavily-accented French star. Her career fizzled quite quickly, but not before she appeared with stars like Gary Cooper and Laurence Olivier.

Fans of the pre-code era will enjoy this one quite a lot, as it is peppered with naughty jokes ("I was living in Cin--, I was Naughty.") and a running gag about Todd losing her clothes.


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