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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 10, 1940 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role. 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

Referenced in Smash: Chemistry (2012) 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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Most romantic film ever shot in the English language
7 April 2004 | by bgrey517See all my reviews

When I wash up on that proverbial desert island with little more than a generator, a VCR (or DVD player) and a TV, I want "History is Made at Night" among the 10 films in my possession.

Someone -- film critic Myron Meisel, I think -- once described this as the most romantic film ever shot in the English language, and I completely agree.

The plot turns on some of the creakiest story points ever conceived. But no matter, because the leads are so appealing, the look of the film so overwhelmingly romantic (Borzage at his best) and the score is so warm and appropriate, that "HIMAN" is just irresistible.


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