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Tonight and Every Night (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | 9 January 1945 (USA)
A photographer for Life magazine comes to London to do a story on a local theater troupe which never missed a performance during World War II. Flashbacks also reveal the backstage love ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Tommy Lawson
Professor Lamberti ...
Observer Leslie Wiggins
Life Photographer
Sam Royce
Specialty (scenes deleted)
Reverend Gerald Lundy
Patrick O'Moore ...
David Long


A photographer for Life magazine comes to London to do a story on a local theater troupe which never missed a performance during World War II. Flashbacks also reveal the backstage love affair between star Rosalind Bruce and a British flyer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

9 January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cette nuit et toujours  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rita Hayworth was pregnant during production. As a result, the musical numbers were filmed first, before the pregnancy began to show. As filming progressed, great care was taken to hide her growing belly with muffs, furniture and purses. See more »


When Rita is putting on the silver dress, the part in her hair jumps from the side to the middle and back again. See more »


Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: [in a bomb shelter] Scared?
Rosalind Bruce: Naturally.
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: So am I.
Rosalind Bruce: Well, that's not very comforting. That's like having a lifeguard say he's afraid of the water.
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: Oh, I don't mean this. I mean you. You did a little bombing tonight yourself, you know. That dance you did...
[imitates whistling of falling bomb]
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: In fact, you bombed from a very low altitude. It's not only unfair, it's practically illegal.
Rosalind Bruce: Well, I'm sorry.
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: You should be.
Rosalind Bruce: I hope I didn't hit anything vital.
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Cry and You Cry Alone
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears)
Danced by Rita Hayworth, Marc Platt and chorus
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Gorgeous people in radiant Technicolor.
2 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm floored, I 'm devastated, I could never imagine I would enjoy this film as immensely as I just did.

Yesterday I saw "The Lady is Willing" -1942- with Marlene Dietrich, and although both films belong to the same era and in both there is froth and the morality of the time, they are worlds apart; Marlene looks like an embalmed corpse while Rita Hayworth is Mother Earth personified, all beauty, glamour and warmth, plus an excellent actress and a superb dancer, maybe the best dancer of all times for this kind of vehicle.

"Tonight and Every Night" is so very well put together that it's almost a miracle, incredible how professional those people were!! Top drawer each one in whatever they were doing: The scriptwriters, the technical film crew, the dancers, the choreographers, wow, everybody and everything!! Let aside the war propaganda very understandable for those years, I was so impressed by the camaraderie, the human bondage between the company members, the warmth the whole movie is wrapped in...

Rita Hayworth is so lovely that seems to be unreal, but not unreal the way Marlene was unreal, Marlene could freeze you on the spot with just a look, Rita doesn't look fake, she is just adorable and human. Maybe the rouge on her cheeks and the eye shadow are a bit too much, but the whole movie being a fantasy, who cares!

The costumes are gorgeous, the color combinations are superb, all the dancers, male and female, have the most slender figures anyone can imagine, they look like Barbie dolls, but human --I don't know how to put it-- we talk so much nowadays about that controversial subject, anorexia, well, already in those years they have these slim figures we have nowadays, but inexplicably, they don't look emaciated, they look incredibly healthy!!

An interesting detail was that all these chorus girls were...virgins... well, according to their behavior in this movie they were. Enough, I think I made it clear that I liked this movie, didn't I?

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