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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 »




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


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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Did You Know?


There was already an American film in release for 1945 called One Exciting Night, thus the name change to You Can't Do Without Love for US distribution.(Neither of Lynn's previous two vehicles had gotten a US opening) The distribution was limited as neither The New York Times nor the show business publication Variety reviewed it. See more »

Crazy Credits

Although 'One Exciting Night (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 »


It's So Easy to Say Good Morning
Sung by Vera Lynn
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One for the Permanent Collection!
19 August 2010 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

If Rhythm Serenade disappointed, Miss Lynn's third and final on-screen movie offering, One Exciting Night (1944) should have given her flagging film career a much needed boost. Abandoning the all-hands-to-the-wheel flavoring of her first two films, One Exciting Night (as the title implies) is a crime comedy/drama produced on a grand scale and niftily directed by Walter Forde who keeps the moving skidding along (except for a slightly draggy sequence with boring Richard Murdoch's m.c.). True, the twists and turns of the saboteurs-at-large plot are interrupted by six songs, but two or three of them are really great. I particularly enjoyed "It's Like Old Times", a really catchy number by Dave Franklin which director Forde stages in a very attractive manner. "You Can't Do Without Love" (which was used as the movie's USA release title) and "It's Easy To Say Good Morning" were also most agreeable. Thanks to Otto Heller's radiant photography, Miss Lynn looks gorgeous. She's given top-notch support by Donald Stewart (in a very clever dual role) whose movie career, alas, never amounted to much, despite his charismatic performance in this one. Frederick Leister comes over strongly as the villain, while Cyril Smith almost walks away with the movie as his pickpocket accomplice. All in all, a most entertaining film – and one for the permanent collection, thanks to an excellent Sony DVD. (This review is an extract from my book, "British Movie Entertainments on VHS and DVD").

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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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