Berkeley university professor adjusts (using alcohol) to tragic fire deaths of wife & son.

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Philip 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
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Mrs. Annie Ainley
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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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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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standard fare but some wonderful moments and performances
15 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland stars with John Hodiak and Nancy Davis in "Night Into Morning," from 1951.

Milland, six years past his "Lost Weekend" performance hits the drink route again in this story of a professor who loses his wife and child in a fire. He starts drinking, and becomes bitter and angry as his two friends (Hodiak and Davis) attempt to hold him together.

This was a predictable movie, but there is an impressive performance by Milland, and a chance to see Nancy Davis, our former first lady, and she does a good job as a woman who knows about loss. John Hodiak is the less understanding and somewhat jealous friend. I liked his role because he acted like a typical male - when his wife or girlfriend's attention is off of him, he becomes upset. I remember when my friend's grandmother was dying, and his uncle by marriage asked his wife how long it was going to last.

What I really loved were the last fifteen minutes or so, which really elevated this film, particularly Milland's speech to his students.

Lovely, and I admit to shedding a tear or two.


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