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History Is Made at Night (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 5 March 1937 (USA)
A wealthy divorcée falls for a charming Parisian, but her insanely jealous ex-husband will do anything to get her back.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Gene Towne (screen play), C. Graham Baker (screen play) (as Graham Baker) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Paul Dumond
Jean Arthur ... Irene Vail
Leo Carrillo ... Cesare
Colin Clive ... Bruce Vail
Ivan Lebedeff ... Michael Browsky
George Meeker ... Mr. Norton
Lucien Prival ... Private Detective
George Davis George Davis ... Maestro
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Storyline

The obsessive and jealous shipowner Bruce Vail does not accept the divorce his wife Irene Vail achieved in London, and he hires his driver Michael Browsky to forge adultery with Irene in Paris to make the decree null. However, she is rescued by the headwaiter Paul Dumond, who punches Michael and locks Bruce and his private eyes in a locker, and they spend a wonderful night together in the restaurant Chateau Bleu, where Paul and his best friend Chef Cesare work, and they fall in love for each other. Meanwhile, Bruce kills Michael and blackmails Irene, blaming Paul and forcing her to return with him to New York. But Paul does not give up on Irene, and moves to New York with Cesare trying to find her love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

5 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doživljaj jedne noći See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Hindenburg is mentioned as (successfully) completing a transatlantic trip, with the husband on board. This movie was released (USA) March 5, 1937. The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937. It never made that return flight to Europe. See more »

Quotes

Irene Vail: You're right, Bruce. This time you're right. This time there *is* another man. You set a trap to catch me with one... and another came instead, to tell me that he loves me, and for me to tell him I love him too. And *you* did it! You did it all by yourself! Isn't that funny? Don't you think that's funny? Before he came, I never even looked at another man. But you wouldn't believe me! So you created one, and you sent him right into my arms...
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Connections

Featured in Going Hollywood: The '30s (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Adios Muchachos (I Get Ideas)
(uncredited)
Written by Julio Sanders
Played by the band at Cesare's
Danced to by Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur
Reprised from a record on the ship to Paris
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Luminous
29 August 2005 | by hildacraneSee all my reviews

This mixture of suspense, comedy, and romance might seem unlikely to work, but it does, due to director Borzage's vision of a love that magically transcends even the most dire of obstacles. This movie is in love with love and the improbable, and in some ways is a Cinderella story almost in reverse (including the removal of a lady's slippers on two occasions). Arthur and Boyer are lovely together. Some of their scenes, luminously lit and heightened by Alfred Newman's lyrical score, are heartbreaking: their beautiful voices are almost like cellos. (Newman wrote a number of such tender and yearning scores in the thirties, including those for "Stella Dallas" and "These Three.") There's also an interesting paralleling of the love/passion that Arthur's husband has for her and that Boyer's friend has for him, although one is destructive and the other nurturing.

Years ago there was a local radio station in San Francisco that played short clips from films and invited listeners to identify the film and the actors and thereby win a prize. At that time I had never seen "History," but knew of it and its two stars, and was therefore able, on hearing the distinctive voices of Arthur and Boyer, to identify the film and be awarded a free fancy haircut.


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