A Night to Remember (1942)

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A mystery writer and his newlywed wife move into a Greenwich Village apartment and find themselves with a corpse and a half dozen red herrings.



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Jeff Donnell ...
Anne Stafford Carstairs
William Wright ...
Scott Carstairs
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Donald MacBride ...
Lee Patrick ...
Polly Franklin
Don Costello ...
Blanche Yurka ...
Mrs. Salter
Richard Gaines ...
James Burke ...
Pat Murphy


A woman rents a gloomy basement apartment in Greenwich Village, thinking it will provide the perfect atmosphere for her mystery writer husband to create his next book. They soon find themselves in the middle of a real-life mystery when a corpse turns up in their apartment. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THE MOST MIRTHFUL MURDER MYSTERY IN YEARS! (original print ad-all caps)


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Release Date:

10 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Den mystiske nat  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one scene, Brian Aherne takes a burning roast out of an oven. The music Werner R. Heymann composed for this scene was used many years later for You Bet Your Life (1950) as the theme played whenever the wheel of fortune is being spun by a contestant. See more »


Jeff Troy aka Jeff Yort: You don't want a husband who's a coward, do you?
Nancy Troy: I'm not particular. I just want a husband!
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Spoofed in A Night to Dismember (1983) See more »


Magic fire music
from Die Walküre
(uncredited) (1870)
Composed by Richard Wagner
Heard on soundtrack as Jeff opens the oven door to reveal the burnt roast.
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26 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Loretta Young and Brian Aherne have "A Night to Remember" in this 1943 film about a couple that moves into a Greenwich Village apartment which turns out to be full of murder and mayhem. It sports an interesting supporting cast, including Sidney Toler of "Charlie Chan" fame, Lee Patrick, Gale Sondergaard, and Jeff Donnell.

First of all, much as I liked this film, I'll go on record as saying that I can't believe Loretta Young was so anxious to get out of 20th Century Fox if this is the best anyone could come up with for her. Columbia wasn't at the top of the heap anyway, and this seems like a throwaway even for them. It's very light fare.

Young and Aherne play the Troys, who move into a basement apartment at 13 Gay Street in Greenwich Village. Besides the cast, this is the main reason I liked this film. I used to live a couple of blocks from Gay Street, and 12 Gay Street is where the sisters in "My Sister Eileen" lived. In the '50's and early '60's, #10 Gay Street was home to Alice Ghostley, and her husband Felice Orlandi. Neighbors on another floor were Bea Arthur & Gene Saks. Close friend Paul Lynde was across the street at 123 Waverly Place, and Kaye Ballard was close by on 5th Ave. They all just walked to work at the Bon Soir, when they played that room.

Tired and hungry, the Troys go out to dinner. They run into a friend of Nancy Troy's, Virginia (Donnell) who acts strangely. When Nancy goes into a phone booth, she hears someone setting up a meeting in her apartment! Strange goings on indeed. And when they find a co-diner at the restaurant dead in their backyard, things become stranger yet.

"A Night to Remember" moves quickly enough, and it's delightful, but probably a little miscast. Someone a little wackier than the stunning Young might have a better choice for the wife. Aherne, a very good actor, isn't quite at home in this milieu either. "A Night to Remember" resembles "Footsteps in the Dark" with Errol Flynn. Aherne was a better actor, but Flynn had a lighter touch and more charm. Alas, I think Aherne spent a lot of time in Flynn's shadow.

I still love the movie despite its problems. Vintage 1943 - nothing wrong with that.

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