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Night Into Morning (1951)

 -  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:
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Philip Ainley
John Hodiak ...
Tom Lawry
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Mrs. Katherine Mead (as Nancy Davis)
Lewis Stone ...
Dr. Horace Snyder
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Girl Next Door
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Mrs. Annie Ainley
Dawn Addams ...
Dottie 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
Herb Vigran ...
Joe - the Bartender
Otto Waldis ...
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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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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In the promotional film The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951), this film is referred to only under its working title, "People in Love". See more »

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10 August 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Nancy Davis (later Reagan) gives a surprisingly good, sympathetic performance playing platonic friend to well-respected but troubled teacher Ray Milland. Life's woes have caused Ray to hit the bottle hard, but his loved ones quickly rally and offer their support. Heartfelt drama, written by Karl Tunberg and Leonard Spigelgass, is set partially (and quite amiably) at the professor's work-place, an idyllic college campus. Perhaps unintentionally, the filmmakers show that an innocent locale such as this doesn't always guarantee happiness or security, and Milland's personal tragedy leads him to depression and booze. The finale is a bit melodramatic, but the characters are vividly drawn. Workman-like, and certainly not up to "The Lost Weekend" standards, but still quite good. **1/2 from ****


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