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

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 <jao@jao.com>

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

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19 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Recuerdo de una noche  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Jewelry for jewelry store scene furnished by John Gershgorn. See more »

Goofs

In the nightclub dance scene before they start their trip, Jack tells Lee that he is from Wabash, Indiana. She says that she is from Heltonville, to which he responds "That's only 50 miles outside of Wabash", and she says "Yes, sir". Actually the distance between Wabash and Heltonville is about 160 miles. See more »

Quotes

Lee Leander: I suppose you do this with all the lady prisoners?
John Sargent: Oh my, yes. My life is just one long round of whoopee.
Lee Leander: Well, you're in a good spot for it.
John Sargent: Wonderful! I merely have to raise my finger and my slightest whim is satisfied. Now if you'll...
Lee Leander: And I suppose if anybody says no, you just put them right back in the cooler.
John Sargent: That's right. Look when court reconvenes, I'm going to try my best to put you in jail for a good long time. That's my business, but you haven't been convicted yet, so I don't see why...
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References Svengali (1931) See more »

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(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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A Forgotten Gem
15 November 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"Remember the Night" is one of Mitchell Leisen's best movies. Preston Sturges wrote the screenplay. It is a lovely story about two unlikely people who meet at court, a prosecutor (Fred MacMurray) and a shoplifter (Barbara Stanwyck). During recess, they spend Christmas dinner together and fall in love. It is not a comedy but a light drama. This is Preston Sturges most serious movie.

I believe this is Mr. MacMurrary's and Ms. Stanwyck's first movie together. Ms. Stanwyck had two perfect leading men, Fred MacMurray and Gary Cooper. Mr. MacMurray worked with Ms. Stanwyck four or five times. This movie and "Double Indemnity" are their best.


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