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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (partially tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some prints of film have blue-tinted night scenes. 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

Gerald Gray: What are you doing?
Bunny West: Breathing.
Gerald Gray: Well, stop it. It sounds immoral.
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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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An entertaining romantic farce that runs out of steam before the finale; Cary Grant's debut is very memorable
27 December 2006 | by robb_772See all my reviews

A slight-but-enjoyable romantic farce, THIS IS THE NIGHT is an entertaining little film that should earn a place in cinematic history simply because it contains the feature film debut of Cary Grant, who soon become arguably the most famous movie star of all time. Although he is regulated to playing a largely secondary character, Grant's incomparable screen presence makes him a standout from the very start. Playing an Olympic athlete, Grant makes his entrance into the world of cinema with a light step and a sharp wit - singing about apartment keys, no less! It's a memorable debut, and there are numerous other moments throughout the picture in which Grant demonstrates much of the early promise that would soon flower into full-throttle, megawatt star power in just a few short years.

As for the rest of the film, it is a reasonably solid comedy of adulterous affairs, with some surprisingly risqué elements that were permitted in the days before the Production Code was heavily enforced due to pressure from the National Legion of Decency in l933. The film begins delightfully as a light comedic ballet, with director Frank Turtle providing some truly madcap slapstick and even recitative singing that sets the viewer up for a knockabout farce. Unfortunately, this progressively free-wheeling atmosphere is largely abandoned in the film's last half, which plays out in a more or less predictable manner. The film still holds up perfectly well, however, until the too-conservative ending, which is a big disappointment after over 70 minutes of uninhibited fun.

On the plus side, the film is very well cast, and the actors manage to keep the picture engaging even after the initial momentum of the exhilarating first-half is long gone. Although she makes somewhat of an delayed entrance, Lili Damita brings both pluck and intelligence to the female lead, Roland Young makes the transformation of his somewhat unsympathetic character highly believable, and both Grant and Charles Ruggles offer top-notch support. The lovely Thelma Todd also makes the most of a rather bland role, and her talent for making a relatively thankless character seem genuinely inspired serves as a bittersweet reminder of yet another comedic great that was taken from us way too soon. In the end, THIS IS THE NIGHT is far too inconsistent to ever be considered a great movie, but it sure is a lot of fun!


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