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A Night to Remember (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 10 December 1942 (USA)
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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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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Two of the book titles that detective Donald MacBride reads out loud are "Murder in the Laundry" and "Murder in the Chop Suey Restaurant," a clear reference to Sidney Toler's alter ego, Charlie Chan." See more »

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Hatcheck girl: Your check, sir.
Nancy Troy: Never mind. He always gets the wrong hat anyway.
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Spoofed in A Night to Dismember (1983) See more »

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March of the Wooden Soldiers
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Composed by Victor Herbert
Several bars are heard in the scene with the rapier.
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Decent Old Dark House Spoof
30 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Night to Remember, A (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty entertaining mystery/comedy has a wife (Loretta Young) renting a basement apartment so that her mystery writing husband (Brian Aherne) can get some inspirations. They gets a lot more than that when they discover a dead body in their back yard and the husband is the main suspect. This film has a lot of people ranking it as one of the best of the genre but I think that's a tad bit too much praise for it even though it's still a pretty good little movie. The film starts off on a quick pace but I found the screenplay started to drag as it went along and one could also say the film is the tale of two halves as the first part tries to do comedy with the second focusing more on the actual mystery. The two really don't mix well together because the comedy in the first half is so over the top that you really don't pay too much attention to solving the mystery and then when that becomes the main focus, you have to ask yourself what was up with the type of comedy they were going after. Just take a look at the scenes following the body being discovered. We get both Young and Aherne fainting because they think the other is the dead person. Fine, it gets a laugh but it's also so over the top that you're really not building any mystery up nor do you care. How many "old dark house" movies has someone laid a candle down only to have it move? Well here we get that again but a pretty fun reason for it moving. With that type of laugh it's hard to get the "drama" to work a split second later. I personally think the two genres can mix quite well, just look at HOLD THAT GHOST, but it doesn't work well here. Both Young and Aherne turn in good performance but I think you can look at them and see that they're trying to force several of the jokes. The supporting players include the then Charlie Chan himself Sidney Toler, Lee Patrick and Gale Sondergaard. Fans of the genre or the cast will certainly want to check this out but it's not nearly as good as some would have you believe.


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