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Everything Happens at Night (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 22 December 1939 (USA)
Two competing reporters fall in love with the daughter of a Nobel Prize winner living in hiding.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Louise
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Geoffrey Thompson
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Ken Morgan
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Dr. Hugo Norden (as Maurice Moscovich)
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Groder
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Fred Sherwood
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Gendarme
Jody Gilbert ...
Hilda
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Cavas
William Edmunds ...
Hotel Clerk
George Davis ...
Bellhop
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Bartender
Michael Visaroff ...
Woodcutter
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ...
Woodcutter's Wife
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Two competing reporters fall in love with the daughter of a Nobel Prize winner living in hiding.

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Comedy | Drama

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22 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Idílio nos Alpes  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lester Matthews as "Philip" and Roger Imhof as "Judge" are in studio records/casting call lists, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Hilda: So, you're an American!
Ken Morgan: Yes.
Hilda: Are you a millionaire?
Ken Morgan: Well, a few of us aren't.
Hilda: Is it true that in America they have buildings as high as this mountain?
Ken Morgan: Oh, higher.
Hilda: Why do they build them so high?
Ken Morgan: I beg pardon?
Hilda: Why...do they build 'em...so high?
Ken Morgan: Oh! Well, that's so the people that build them and can't seem to rent them have a nice place to jump off.
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Connections

References Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Background music for a skating sequence by Sonja Henie
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Typical Sonja Henie fluff with Robert Cummings & Ray Milland
20 January 2004 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

Like all of Sonja Henie's vehicles, this fun-filled 1939 Fox whimsy works like a cheery blend of comedy, romance, and ice skating dances. The main difference is that the plot is less focused on the skating scenes than the suspense and romance concerning Henie and her two leading men, Robert Cummings & Ray Milland.

I was surprised to see "Everything Happens at Night" has only one skating scene for Henie, quite an aberration considering that most of her movies are fraught with dances and skating. Cummings and Milland play two competing reporters that are sent to a small Swiss town to investigate a Nobel Prize winning commentator who is believed to be dead. Both find themselves falling for his daughter played by Henie. Cummings is a bit eccentric and rowdy while Milland comes off as a serious and straight-forward sort of fellow. They exchange roles courting her. Their scenes are irresistibly funny, charming, and merry. Then all of a sudden the movie becomes a spy thriller when a band of Gestapo villains arrive in the Swiss village to wreak havoc.

"Everything Happens at Night" is my fourth Henie after "Sun Valley Serenade"(1941), "One in a Million"(1936) and "My Lucky Star"(1938) and all rank as her very best.


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