Night and Day (1946)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Musical  |  3 August 1946 (USA)
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The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginny Simms ...
Gracie Harris
Victor Francen ...
Anatole Giron
Leon Dowling
Tom D'Andrea ...
Selena Royle ...
Kate Porter
Ward Blackburn
Henry Stephenson ...
Omar Cole
Bart McClelland
Sig Ruman ...


The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public myths surrounding Cole at the time, despite its lack of relationship with truth. For instance, truth and movie are different in regards to: his sex life (he was a gay man in a marriage of convenience with a divorcee friend), his relationship with his wife, Monty Wooley was a contemporary (not Professor), and his French military experience was a hoax. Written by <>

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3 August 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Noche y día  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When a friend of Porter's heard that Cary Grant had been cast to play the songwriter in the film of his life, the friend asked Porter why he had not objected since he and Grant looked nothing alike. The friend pointed out that Porter might have suggested Fred Astaire instead, another good friend of his who had a strong physical resemblance to Porter. Porter replied, "If they wanted Cary Grant to play you in a movie, would YOU complain?" See more »


When in England, there are street performers singing "Rosalie". The accordion player's hands never press the keys, in fact his right hand is static throughout the whole scene. See more »


Cole Porter: Thanks for all the flowers.
Monty Woolley: Yes, one can only send them to a man when he's flat on his back.
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Featured in Kisses (1991) See more »


I'm in Love Again
(1924) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Jane Wyman
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Short on fact and long on great music...
31 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If you want a biography of Cole Porter you better go to the library, you won't find it here. This is a highly entertaining but strictly fictional version of his life--played by no less than Cary Grant, in his usual debonair style, perhaps just a shade understated so as to appear more like Porter. Whatever, he's still Cary Grant (playing himself in a minor key) and since the music is what makes this film tick, you'll forgive whatever liberties the scriptwriters have taken. It all looks wonderful in glowing technicolor.

Alexis Smith never was able to make a warm presence on the screen despite her talent and striking good looks. She seems even more remote here as the woman Porter woos and marries. Monty Woolley has a fine time playing himself. The musical moments are handled nicely by some talented people: Ginny Simms, Eve Arden, Jane Wyman and Mary Martin doing her "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" routine. All of the Porter standards are nicely done.

Interesting tidbit: Was Oscar nominated for "Best Scoring of a Musical" but lost to "The Jolson Story".

Relaxing entertainment. Just don't expect a truthful bio.

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