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Tonight or Never (1931)

A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy (as Mervyn Leroy)

Writers:

Fanny Hatton (adaptation), Frederic Hatton (adaptation) (as Frederick Hatton) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gloria Swanson ... Nella Vago
Melvyn Douglas ... Jim Fletcher
Alison Skipworth ... Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Rudig
Robert Greig ... Conrad
Warburton Gamble Warburton Gamble ... Count Albert von Gronac
Greta Meyer ... Emma
Boris Karloff ... Waiter
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A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

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Taglines:

She feared love...but was brave enough to steal it! (Print Ad- Evening Post, ((Wellington, NZ)) 6 April 1933)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1933 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cette nuit ou jamais See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 25, 1937 with Melvyn Douglas reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni: And that is just the trouble, it is nothing but an organ. It is as cold and as passionless as one of these American iceboxes. Let me tell you a secret; no woman can ever be a great artist without love, without passion, without a great inside flame in her heart. If she were really an artist, she would sing with more than her voice, she would sing with her heart and her soul and her body. I did!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) See more »

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Superb Swanson
27 May 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Gloria Swanson was a great star and her talkie films of the early 1930s were vastly underrated. Tonight or Never is a nice comedy that pits opera star Swanson against maybe gigolo Melvyn Douglas. She's a great singer but she lacks passion because she has never been in love. Douglas is the protégé of a countess (Alison Skipworth), but is secretly in love with Swanson.

Swanson is wonderful, even though she does not sing--a major fault of the film--as the naive opera star. Douglas is suave; Skipworth is (as always) hilarious. And Ferdinand Gottschalk is wonderful as Swanson's teacher.

Swanson should have had a major talkie career. She made the transition in the smash hit The Trespasser and made a series of delightful talkies before she hung it up in 1934. Her voice is so wonderful. It's ironic that a silent star would have such a terrific voice. As in Indiscreet, Swanson proves to be a star actress----one of the greats.

Robert Greig, Greta Meyer and J. Carroll Naish co-star. And remember the motto: our spaghetti is longer than our name!


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