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This Could Be the Night (1957)

 -  Comedy  -  21 March 1958 (Finland)
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Jean Simmons (a school teacher) takes a secretarial job in a nightclub. The two club owners quibble about a lot, including her. Unfortunately, she develops an interest for the partner who disapproves of her employment at the club.

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Anne Leeds
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Rocco
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Tony Armotti
Julie Wilson ...
Ivy Corlane
Neile Adams ...
Patsy St. Clair
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Crystal St. Clair
J. Carrol Naish ...
Leon - Chef
Rafael Campos ...
Hussein Mohammed
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Mrs. Katie Shea - Landlady
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Stowe Devlin
Murvyn Vye ...
Waxie London
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Ziggy Dawit - Columnist
Frank Ferguson ...
Mr. Shea - Landlord
William Joyce ...
Bruce Cameron (as William Ogden Joyce)
James Todd ...
Mr. Hallerby
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Jean Simmons (a school teacher) takes a secretarial job in a nightclub. The two club owners quibble about a lot, including her. Unfortunately, she develops an interest for the partner who disapproves of her employment at the club.

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21 March 1958 (Finland)  »

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In a separately filmed trailer, columnist Earl Wilson and actress Julie Wilson talk to each other and tell the audience about the film. See more »

Quotes

Ivy Corlane: Honey, what does "x" means to you?
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Flavorful Setting, Direction
1 February 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Quite a bit like the recent "Cold Comfort Farm" (though with a little more dramatic weight) in that in both a plucky, well-bred young woman plunks herself down in a hostile environment, rapidly wins her difficult new companions over and quickly whips them all into shape - without so much as breaking a nail in the process. And much like that picture, this too is great fun.

The director, Robert Wise, has a terrific feel for the nightclub setting and a lot of affection for its colorful inhabitants - always the key for this sort of film working. It's delightfully lively, beautifully paced and works in some fine musical numbers as well.

Marvelous cast. I love the sly, knowing look on schoolteacher Jean Simmons' face after Tony Franciosa, playing the street smart, cynical nightclub manager, comes to her rescue by breaking up a fight in her classroom. Franciosa was an intense, unselfish actor who was great at portraying inner conflict in a natural way that served the storyline, not his ego.

The algebra test subplot (yes, algebra) is a bit of a reach, and the film seems to end somewhat prematurely, but an accomplished piece of film-making nonetheless. Leonard Maltin inaccurately describes Paul Douglas' character as a gangster when in fact, he's merely a nightclub owner who, quite understandably, comes into contact with some unsavory people.


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