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Remember the Night (1940)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  19 January 1940 (USA)
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Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Sargent
Mrs. Sargent
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Aunt Emma
Willard Robertson ...
Francis X. O'Leary
Charles Waldron ...
Judge in New York
Paul Guilfoyle ...
District Attorney
Charles Arnt ...
Tom (as Charlie Arnt)
Thomas W. Ross ...
Mr. Emory
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Rufus (as Snowflake)
Tom Kennedy ...
'Fat' Mike
Georgia Caine ...
Lee's Mother
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Emory


Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmas time. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas. Surrounded by a loving family (in stark contrast to Lee's own family background) they fall in love. This creates a new problem: how do they handle the upcoming trial? Written by John Oswalt <>

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BARBARA and FRED in 1940's first great love affair ...!


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19 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recuerdo de una noche  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The street sign on the corner of the shop where Stanwyck tries to pawn the stolen bracelet reads "3rd Avenue" and "West 54th Street" in NYC. With 3rd Avenue being east of Fifth Avenue, which divides east from west Manhattan, the street sign should read "East 54th Street." See more »


John Sargent: You threw a lighted match into the wastebasket?
Lee Leander: Well I wasn't aiming for the spittoon.
John Sargent: You know that's called arson?
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References Svengali (1931) See more »


(Back Home Again in) Indiana
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Played by the band and sung by an unidentified male quartet at the nightclub
Played also at the barn dance and often in the score
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This Night is Worth Remembering -Remember the Night ***1/2
18 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

4 years before the memorable "Double Indemnity," Fred MacMurray first teamed with Barbara Stanwyck in "Remember the Night."

The story is typical Preston Sturgis-people meeting in unusual circumstances and falling in love.

In this one, MacMurray prosecutes Stanwyck for shoplifting, and since it's Christmas time, he takes her home for the holidays. They encounter a madcap adventure before settling in his home.

Virginia Brissac is memorable in a brief but devastating performance as a cold mother whose veneer tells you immediately what she is like. Contrast this with MacMurray's family, the wonderful, understanding Beulah Bondi as his mother and Elizabeth Patterson, as an also understanding spinster aunt. This film tries to depict that we are what we are because of our environment. It alternates in being funny and serious. Stanwyck's hard-nosed character does become gentle right-away but that's due to environmental factors.

The ending may disappoint you at first but upon further thought there is hope for our two major characters.

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