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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 overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

People We Love  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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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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