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One Exciting Night (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 26 July 1945 (USA)
A young singer meets a man who is the victim of a kidnap plot, and is assumed by the gang to be his girlfriend.


Walter Forde


Peter Fraser (story), Howard Irving Young (screen play) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Vera Lynn ... Vera Baker
Donald Stewart ... Michael Thorne
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Trout
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Arnold Hampton
Phyllis Stanley ... Lucille
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Joe
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Illusionist
Mavis Villiers ... Mabel
Peggy Anne Peggy Anne ... Bessie
Jeanette Redgrave Jeanette Redgrave ... Ellen
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Harper
Peggy Ann Clifford Peggy Ann Clifford ... Bessie


A young singer meets a man who is the victim of a kidnap plot, and is assumed by the gang to be his girlfriend.

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

26 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Can't Do Without Love See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Crazy Credits

Although 'One Exciting Night (1944)' (1944) and 'You Can't Do Without Love' are listed as one and the same film, some of the crew credits in the film titled 'You Can't Do Without Love' differ considerably from those listed under 'One Exciting Night' by IMDb. See more »


You Can't Do Without Love
Written by Walter Ridley and Tommie Connor
Sung by Vera Lynn
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The best film of Vera Lynn
9 June 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Vera Lynn was a wonderful singer with a beautiful voice, with some great songs under her belt, her most famous being "We'll Meet Again". Stand corrected on having said about the number of films she did, only three of them had her in the lead role.

'One Exciting Night', out of her films where she played the lead, is the best of them and a big step up from her previous film 'Rhythm Serenade'. Richard Murdoch is rather dull and the film drags in the middle. Otherwise 'One Exciting Night' is well above average as a film that showcases Lynn as quite a capable and charming actress as well as a singer.

She sings wonderfully here, and the musical numbers while not among her best do nothing to squander her talents.

It is also the best looking of her films, the photography is pretty beautiful. The script is quite good too and balances well. The story is the least thin and contrived of her films, apart from a draggy mid-section, and also the least heavy-handed.

Lynn has a good supporting cast on the whole. Donald Stewart is a likable leading man who complements Lynn well. Frederick Leister is fun, while Cyril Smith very nearly steals the show.

All in all, Lynn's best film and quite pleasing. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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