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Night Into Morning (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 8 June 1951 (USA)
Berkeley university professor adjusts (using alcohol) to tragic fire deaths of wife & son.

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Cast

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Phillip Ainley
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Tom Lawry
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Mrs. Katherine Mead (as Nancy Davis)
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Dr. Horace Snyder
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Girl Next Door
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Mrs. Annie Ainley
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Dotty Phelps
Jonathan Cott ...
Chuck Holderson
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Mrs. Niemoller
Gordon Gebert ...
Russ Kirby
Harry Antrim ...
Sam Andersen
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Margaret Andersen
Mary Lawrence ...
Edith Bottomly - Waitress / Student
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Joe - the Bartender
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Dr. Franz Niemoller
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Philip Ainley is a happily-married English teacher at a major USA university, whose life is turned upside down when his wife and child are killed by an explosion and fire in their home. Ainley's associate teacher, Tom Lawry, and the secretary of the department, Katherine Mead, a widow, do what tan to comfort him after the tragedy. As time goes by, Lawry thinks that nothing further can be done and becomes jealous of Katherine's continued efforts to help Ainley. Ainley, following an outward calm during the funeral and following days, tries to escape his sad anxiety through alcohol, and then via a suicide attempt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

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8 June 1951 (USA)  »

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People We Love  »

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$777,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of two films starring Ray Milland that deals with alcoholism and co-stars a wife of Ronald Reagan. This one features his second wife, Nancy Reagan (aka Nancy Davis), and the other--The Lost Weekend (1945)--features his first wife, Jane Wyman. See more »

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Shadow of the helicopter on the clock tower in the closing scene. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Katherine Mead: Phil, wait!
Mrs. Katherine Mead: Don't!
Mrs. Katherine Mead: I'm not going to try to stop you. Please listen to me.
Mrs. Katherine Mead: I stood exactly like that once. Exactly. Only it was a bridge. And I stood there quite calmly, looking at the lights of the city that no longer existed. And I would have hated anyone who said "Don't" or "Wait". And then someone did say it, all the way across the Pacific. I heard Dad, telling me not to do it. You could hear Anne and Timmy. That's what they'd say to you. As long as you live, they have a special kind of ...
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Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

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Coping through the emptiness
2 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, what a surprise this movie was for me!! I did it mainly to see another example of Nancy Davis's acting ability. Until now, I had only seen her in fairly limited roles in The Next Voice You Hear... (1950) and It's A Big Country(1951). I was not only impressed with her totally natural acting but was pleasantly surprised by this movie itself. I had never heard of it before. Perhaps I have seen The Lost Weekend (1945) too many times; but with Night Into Morning, I felt Milland gave a better performance as a depressed alcoholic than he did in his Oscar- winning performance in The Lost Weekend.

The movie presents the story about a Berkley University English professor (Ray Milland) whose life is turned upside down when he looses his entire family because his basement furnace blows up. Suddenly, without his wife (Rosemary DeCamp) and son, he is left with a totally empty life. He copes with his emptiness by immersing himself in his work and in the bottle. Although his fellow workers and friends try to help him get his life back on track, only his fellow professor's fiancée (Nancy Davis) understands his pain, since she had been a WW II widow before remarrying the professor (John Hodiak). Her hyper-understanding of Ray Milland's character threatens her new marriage, which gives the movie yet another dimension.

Other good performances in the movie are turned in by Lewis Stone, as the English Department Head, and Jean Hagen as his neighbor. Lewis Stone was a staple in the Silents early 'Talkies,' but seemed to get even better with age. Jean Hagen is the familiar character actress with the funny voice from Singin' in the Rain (1952), Adam's Rib (1949), and The Asphalt Jungle (1950).


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