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Remember the Night (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 January 1940 (USA)
A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Sargent
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Mrs. Sargent
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Aunt Emma
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Francis X. O'Leary
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Willie
Charles Waldron ...
Judge in New York
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District Attorney
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Tom (as Charlie Arnt)
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Hank
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Mr. Emory
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Rufus (as Snowflake)
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'Fat' Mike
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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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(BAD) GIRL...MEETS....(GOOD) BOY (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Leisen, the role of Lee's mother was originally taken by Marjorie Main. When Main's performance proved to be far too broad and overdone, the scene was re-shot with Georgia Caine. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John Sargent: What are you doing here?
Lee Leander: I don't know yet, but I've got a rough idea.
John Sargent: Well, I'm glad you're out...
Lee Leander: Now what do I have to do for it?
John Sargent: Well for one thing, you might say thank you, but if that doesn't fit into your plans let's skip it.
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Connections

References Svengali (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the barn dance and sung by all on New Year's Eve
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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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