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8 April 1932 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Lili Damita ... Germaine

Charles Ruggles ... Bunny West

Roland Young ... Gerald Gray
Thelma Todd ... Claire Mathewson

Cary Grant ... Stephen Mathewson
Irving Bacon ... Sparks
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Davison Clark ... Studio Official (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Manager of Neopolitan Hotel (uncredited)
Claire Dodd ... Chou-Chou (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Porter (uncredited)
Donald Novis ... Singing Gondolier (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Porter (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Boulevardier (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Man in the Manhole (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Tuttle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henry Falk  play "Pouche" (as Henri Falk)
Benjamin Glazer 
Avery Hopwood  play "Naughty Cinderella"
George Marion Jr. 
René Peter  play "Pouche"

Produced by
Benjamin Glazer .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ralph Rainger 
W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Archer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lucien Ballard .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William C. Mellor .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Rand .... camera operator (uncredited)
Guy Roe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Lange .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jean Negulesco .... technical director (uncredited)

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Some prints of film have blue-tinted night scenes.See more »
Claire Mathewson:[they are seated in the back of their car; Claire has had her dress torn by the car door] Gerald, aren't you going to do anything?
Gerald Gray:Here?
Claire Mathewson:No, no. I mean about discharging your chauffeur
Gerald Gray:Oh, oh let me keep him. I've let you keep your husband
Claire Mathewson:I haven't kept him
Gerald Gray:What?
Claire Mathewson:He left this morning
Gerald Gray:For good?
Claire Mathewson:No, no, for the Olympic Games at Los Angeles. He's in them, you know. Haven't you ever heard of Steve Mathewson, the javelin thrower?
Gerald Gray:Javelin thrower?
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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Refreshing bedroom farce introduces 27-year-old Cary Grant..., 9 January 2011
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

LILI DAMITA is supposed to be the star of THIS IS THE NIGHT, but the heavily accented French actress did not exactly bowl me over with her performance here. She's merely window dressing and pouts her way through a role with little substance.

But the supporting cast is excellent. ROLAND YOUNG, although miscast as a leading man, gets into wacky situations along with CHARLIE RUGGLES and THELMA TODD in this light-hearted bedroom farce wherein LILI DAMITA is hired by Young to pose as his adoring wife.

Blue tint is used for all of the night scenes in Venice and the photography is surprisingly crisp and clear for a film made in 1932. Some of the dialog is spoken in musical rhymes, surprising since most early sound films did not emphasize music at all, not even background music in many films of the early '30s.

It's a refreshing, funny, amusing sort of light comedy that uses a lot of cinema techniques that put it ahead of the usual fare from this era. As for Miss Damita (who later married Errol Flynn), I found her less than impressive both as a comedienne and as a looker. THELMA TODD, on the other hand, gives a more expert demonstration of comic ability.

CARY GRANT, in his film debut, at 27, is darkly handsome and shows assurance and a flair for acting that would serve him well through his long career.

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