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One Rainy Afternoon (1936)

Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd ... See full summary »

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Monique Pelerin
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Toto
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Maillot
Erik Rhodes ...
Count Alfredo Donstelli
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Monsieur Pelerin
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Yvonne (as Countess Liev de Maigret)
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Judge
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Cecile
Murray Kinnell ...
Theatre Manager
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Leading Man
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Minister of Justice
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Felice (Maillot's secretary)
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Mr Perelin's Secretary
Eily Malyon ...
President of Purity League
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Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd scandal results; to protect Yvonne, Philippe insists that he was simply overcome by Monique's beauty. This naturally intrigues Monique...but her nominal fiancée feels differently. French bureaucracy is broadly satirized. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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13 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Matinee Scandal  »

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$511,383 (estimated)
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| (2005 DVD release)

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(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Saturday 10 April 1948 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Prosecutor: In weaving his subtle net, he employed all the insidious devices known to his perfidious profession.
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Version of Monsieur Sans-Gêne (1935) See more »

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SECRET RENDEZVOUS
Music by Ralph Erwin
Lyrics by Preston Sturges
Sung by Margaret Warner and Seger Ellis
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Charming romantic comedy well worth watching
2 January 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

When a European setting was considered necessary for a "sophisticated" romantic comedy and a "prestige" production, "One Rainy Night" delivered not only the setting, but also the European screenwriters and even the European lead -- Francis Lederer doing a passable Maurice Chevalier-like singing turn. The main plot is a trifle, as is appropriate for romantic comedy. Lederer plays a stage actor who accidentally kisses a stranger (Ida Lupino) in a darkened movie theater, when he thought he was kissing his married lover (billed as Countess Liev de Maigret). Lederer is prosecuted as a masher at the insistence of a public morality committee. At trial, he can't tell the true reason he kissed Lupino, so he says he was overcome by her beauty; the trial makes him a popular celebrity and his stage play a hit, and it starts a romance between Lederer and Lupino.

Lederer is a charming romantic lead and Lupino is radiant in an uncharacteristic early role as a sweet, innocent girl. Unfortunately, they have little chemistry between them, which is the weak point of the movie. But the supporting cast, including the always reliable Roland Young, Hugh Herbert, Donald Meek, Eric Rhodes, and Mischa Auer playing their usual characters, are all given either extended scenes or bits of business that keep the movie light, sparkling, and enjoyable. And Rowland Lee's direction is up to his usual high standard.


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