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One Exciting Night (1944)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  26 July 1945 (USA)
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A young singer meets a man who is the victim of a kidnap plot, and is assumed by the gang to be his girlfriend.



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Patriotic musical romance. After her school is closed, teacher Ann tries to join up. However, she is persuaded to organise a nursery for a munitions factory.

Director: Gordon Wellesley
Stars: Vera Lynn, Peter Murray-Hill, Julien Mitchell


Credited cast:
Vera Lynn ...
Vera Baker
Donald Stewart ...
Michael Thorne
Mary Clare ...
Mrs. Trout
Frederick Leister ...
Phyllis Stanley ...
Cyril Smith ...
Richard Murdoch ...
Mavis Villiers ...
Peggy Anne ...
Jeanette Redgrave ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bert Ambrose ...
Band Leader (as Ambrose)
Irene Handl
Sydney Moncton ...
(as Sydney Monckton)
Patricia Owens


A young singer meets a man who is the victim of a kidnap plot, and is assumed by the gang to be his girlfriend.

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Also Known As:

You Can't Do Without Love  »

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My Prayer
Music by Georges Boulanger
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung by Vera Lynn
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One for the Permanent Collection!
19 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

If Rhythm Serenade disappointed, Miss Lynn's third and final on-screen movie offering, One Exciting Night (1944) should have given her flagging film career a much needed boost. Abandoning the all-hands-to-the-wheel flavoring of her first two films, One Exciting Night (as the title implies) is a crime comedy/drama produced on a grand scale and niftily directed by Walter Forde who keeps the moving skidding along (except for a slightly draggy sequence with boring Richard Murdoch's m.c.). True, the twists and turns of the saboteurs-at-large plot are interrupted by six songs, but two or three of them are really great. I particularly enjoyed "It's Like Old Times", a really catchy number by Dave Franklin which director Forde stages in a very attractive manner. "You Can't Do Without Love" (which was used as the movie's USA release title) and "It's Easy To Say Good Morning" were also most agreeable. Thanks to Otto Heller's radiant photography, Miss Lynn looks gorgeous. She's given top-notch support by Donald Stewart (in a very clever dual role) whose movie career, alas, never amounted to much, despite his charismatic performance in this one. Frederick Leister comes over strongly as the villain, while Cyril Smith almost walks away with the movie as his pickpocket accomplice. All in all, a most entertaining film – and one for the permanent collection, thanks to an excellent Sony DVD. (This review is an extract from my book, "British Movie Entertainments on VHS and DVD").

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