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Remember the Night (1940)

A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writer:

Preston Sturges (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lee Leander
Fred MacMurray ... John Sargent
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Sargent
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Emma
Willard Robertson ... Francis X. O'Leary
Sterling Holloway ... Willie
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Judge in New York
Paul Guilfoyle ... District Attorney
Charles Arnt ... Tom (as Charlie Arnt)
John Wray ... Hank
Thomas W. Ross ... Mr. Emory
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Rufus (as Snowflake)
Tom Kennedy ... 'Fat' Mike
Georgia Caine ... Lee's Mother
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Emory
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Storyline

Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmas time. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas. Surrounded by a loving family (in stark contrast to Lee's own family background) they fall in love. This creates a new problem: how do they handle the upcoming trial? Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

THE LAW SAID SHE WAS BAD...HE SAID SHE'S TERRIFIC! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recuerdo de una noche See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$167,800, 31 January 1940
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck) tells the judge her name is Mary Smith. Mary Smith is the name of the lead character in Easy Living (1937), also written by Preston Sturges. See more »

Goofs

When Fred MacMurray is milking the cow, Barbara Stanwick pushes it knocking the thermos from MacMurray's hand. It falls upside down but when the camera returns it is right side up. See more »

Quotes

Lee Leander: That gag's so old its got whiskers!
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Connections

Remade as The Big Valley: Judgement in Heaven (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy Living
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Martha Mears at the nightclub
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This Night is Worth Remembering -Remember the Night ***1/2
18 December 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

4 years before the memorable "Double Indemnity," Fred MacMurray first teamed with Barbara Stanwyck in "Remember the Night."

The story is typical Preston Sturgis-people meeting in unusual circumstances and falling in love.

In this one, MacMurray prosecutes Stanwyck for shoplifting, and since it's Christmas time, he takes her home for the holidays. They encounter a madcap adventure before settling in his home.

Virginia Brissac is memorable in a brief but devastating performance as a cold mother whose veneer tells you immediately what she is like. Contrast this with MacMurray's family, the wonderful, understanding Beulah Bondi as his mother and Elizabeth Patterson, as an also understanding spinster aunt. This film tries to depict that we are what we are because of our environment. It alternates in being funny and serious. Stanwyck's hard-nosed character does become gentle right-away but that's due to environmental factors.

The ending may disappoint you at first but upon further thought there is hope for our two major characters.


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