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This Is the Night (1932)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 April 1932 (USA)
An affair is almost exposed when Claire's husband unexpectedly returns early from Summer Olympics.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Henry Falk (play) (as Henri Falk), Benjamin Glazer | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lili Damita ... Germaine
Charles Ruggles ... Bunny West
Roland Young ... Gerald Gray
Thelma Todd ... Claire Mathewson
Cary Grant ... Stephen Mathewson
Irving Bacon ... Sparks
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An affair is almost exposed when Claire's husband unexpectedly returns early from Summer Olympics.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esposa Improvisada See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (partially tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Cary Grant. See more »

Goofs

When Bunny and Stephen, carrying his javelins, after arriving back unexpectedly from his trip to the Olympics, go into the next room, a large shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the doorway and wall behind it. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Mathewson: Didn't you ever go in for athletics?
Bunny West: I used to jump at conclusions.
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Connections

Remake of Good and Naughty (1926) See more »

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This Is the Night
Written by Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger
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Not Lubitsch, But Still Good
30 June 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"This Is The Night" is noteworthy primarily because it marks Cary Grant's feature debut, but can stand on its own as a prime example of Pre-Code comedy. Some of the subject matter and situations must have been regarded as naughty for its time, but as with many of Hollywood's Pre-code movies it is pretty tame by today's standards.

It is quite funny, but you have to give it a chance to warm up, as it takes a few minutes to get underway. The humor is very subtle and probably wouldn't go over well with modern audiences (see Adam Sandler). It comes with some unique quirks, like Cary Grant delivering a few lines in song, but once into the picture some old pros take over. Roland Young and Charles Ruggles, two veterans of the stage, have some of the best exchanges of situational dialogue and are aided by Thelma Todd, a comedienne who had a bright future but who was murdered around the time of the film's release. Her murder was never solved. Cary Grant plays it straight and Lili Damita is everyone's love interest but is the weakest member of the cast. It is very much like a filmed play, with just a few indoor sets, and there are only six cast members. The blue-tinted nighttime scenes were a nice, unexpected touch.

In short, it is well worth your time but give it a chance to get past the slow beginning. It is actually a quick 80 minutes.


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