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8 April 1932 (USA) See more »
A married woman, her husband and her lover. | Add synopsis »
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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)

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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Additional Details

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80 min
Black and White (partially tinted)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Did You Know?

Some prints of film have blue-tinted night scenes.See more »
Boom mic visible: 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 »
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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61 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
A Delightful Film, 18 June 2005
Author: loza-1

I always wonder when I see the lists of "the hundred best films ever made" etc. You see, there is one thing that I have discovered over the years of delving around in old films, and it is this. It is not possible to compile lists of the best films ever made for the simple reason that some of the best films ever made are lying forgotten on shelves in film libraries, and, sadly, some are lost. There are so many great films that the public never get to see. The critics will have you believe that pictures like This is the Night is not particularly good, and is only of interest to fans of Cary Grant and Thelma Todd. People have forgotten all about it. The director, the star, the film is today forgotten.

Then you play the film. The acting is utterly superb, the comic timing superb. The film is cleverly and adventurously put together by the film makers. All the players, Grant, Todd, Ruggles and Young are excellent.

What is there to say about the lead, Damita? Well, with the coming of talking pictures, Damita with her French accent found it tough to get parts that would utilise her exceptional talents. Here is an exception. Not many people know that at Hollywood parties Damita was Chaplin's number one rival when it came to mime during party pieces. In one scene, we get a glimpse at the sort of thing that helped the Hollywood parties go with a swing. In dialogue Damita's comic timing is spot on, which just goes to show that you do not have to be mug ugly to be a comedienne. When she is on screen the laughter is the loudest. And sex appeal? She has been called "a French bombshell." If so, the French have to test her in the Pacific.

It would be criminal to ruin it all by telling everybody what the plot is. All I will say is that if you are not smiling or laughing at this film from beginning to end, then there is something wrong with YOU.

So next time you see a list of the 100 best films ever made, ignore it. My advice to you is to go out and find your own 100 best films. If you don't, you could miss gems like this, and the loser will be YOU.

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