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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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Storyline

An affair is almost exposed when Claire's husband unexpectedly returns early from Summer Olympics.

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Taglines:

OOH-LA-LA! WHAT A TIME! (Print Ad- Cortland Standard, ((Cortland, NY)) 24 May 1932)

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until many years afterward. It was released on DVD 2 May 2011 in tandem with The Song of Songs (1933) as a Pre-Code Double Feature from the TCM Vault Collection, and again 19 April 2016 as one of 18 [Paramount] films in Universal's Cary Grant - The Vault Collection and since that time has also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. 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

Bunny West: 1. Am I a pal or am I a pal?
Gerald Gray: 2. I don't know which
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Connections

Remake of Good and Naughty (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is the Night
Written by Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger
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An Enjoyable Pre-Code
10 July 2009 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Claire (Thelma Todd) and Gerald (Roland Young) are carrying on a rather heated affair, but just as they are about to go away together to Venice, Claire's javelin-throwing husband Stephen (Cary Grant) returns home. In order to dispel his distrust, Gerald hires a woman to pose as his wife. Germaine (Lili Damita) is a hungry young French actress who poses as a more experienced woman named Chou Chou. She vamps Gerald incessantly while Stephen is around, and she is so successful that she makes Claire insanely jealous.

This sing-songy film is a delight to watch. It is fast-paced, comedic, and filled with a stellar cast, but it is not well known today. Film collectors find it interesting because it marks Cary Grant's first screen appearance and because it is one of the few films of Lili Damita, a popular but heavily-accented French star. Her career fizzled quite quickly, but not before she appeared with stars like Gary Cooper and Laurence Olivier.

Fans of the pre-code era will enjoy this one quite a lot, as it is peppered with naughty jokes ("I was living in Cin--, I was Naughty.") and a running gag about Todd losing her clothes.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (partially tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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