Night Into Morning (1951)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Ainley
Tom Lawry
Mrs. Katherine Mead (as Nancy Davis)
Dr. Horace Snyder
Girl Next Door
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Mrs. Annie Ainley
Dawn Addams ...
Dottie Phelps
Jonathan Cott ...
Chuck Holderson
Mrs. Niemoller
Gordon Gebert ...
Russ Kirby
Harry Antrim ...
Sam Andersen
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Margaret Andersen
Mary Lawrence ...
Edith Bottomly - Waitress / Student
Herb Vigran ...
Joe - the Bartender
Otto Waldis ...
Dr. Franz Niemoller


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 <>

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8 June 1951 (USA)  »

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People in Love  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Deliberate, authentic, intelligent
16 March 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Material which all-too-readily lends itself to melodramatic and/or hackneyed treatment is handled in a deliberate and truly intelligent manner in this surprising sleeper of a film.

The acting of the leads is beyond reproach but to my mind it is the script which wins you over. There are a couple of typical Hollywood clichés (young, wide-eyed midwesterners and earnest, virtuous eastern-European immigrants) but for the most part, the writing is unaffected, original and convincing.

Several subplots weave neatly into the story and are just as convincing themselves. I had never heard of this film before (as opposed to the legendary "Lost Weekend") but I won't forget it soon. Highly recommended

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