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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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Venice's Menace
9 January 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although This Is The Night which is the feature film debut of Cary Grant is an enjoyable enough bedroom farce it probably has more significance as the possible inspiration of one of Paramount's best feature films of the Thirties, Love Me Tonight. This film directed by one of Paramount's more competent contract directors Frank Tuttle plays a whole lot like Rouben Mamoulian's classic. Possibly if Tuttle had better material to work with, this film would be better known.

This Is The Night has Cary Grant as a French Olympic athlete whose sport is the javelin. But apparently he's not spearing Thelma Todd enough and she's casting a roving eye. The eye of Roland Young meets her's and the two plan a holiday in Venice.

To which Mr. Grant arrives and rudely interrupts. Thinking fast on his feet as American Express agent Charlie Ruggles arrives with tickets at Todd's apartment, Young says that he'll be traveling with his wife and once outside frantically looks for a wife. He finds Lily Damita and hires her for a railroad holiday from Paris to Venice. Ruggles goes along as a fifth wheel on this carriage, presumably to catch whoever comes flying off the rebound. As he's soused most of the time, I can't see what appeal he would have. Of course I can't see what appeal he would have sober.

Cary Grant was billed fifth in this film, but in 1932 he gradually went up the billing ladder and by the time of She Done Him Wrong, he's co-starring with Mae West. His debonair charm could barely be concealed in a role which required him to be a bit of a fathead.

Ralph Rainger and Sam Coslow wrote a couple of forgettable songs and it's in the musical numbers that this film bares the closest resemblance to Love Me Tonight. Note the Italian gondolier in the Venice scenes. He gets no billing in the film, but it is Donald Novis one of the most popular singers of the day on radio. In three years he would move to Broadway and play the romantic lead in Rodgers&Hart's Jumbo where he would introduce The Most Beautiful Girl In The World and My Romance. Novis had a wonderful tenor voice as you'll agree if you see this film.

Speaking of Rodgers&Hart maybe if they wrote a score as good as the one they did for Love Me Tonight, This Is The Night would be more remembered than as footnote as Cary Grant's feature film debut.


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