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Tonight and Every Night (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | 9 January 1945 (USA)
A photographer for Life magazine comes to London to do a story on a local theater troupe which never missed a performance during World War II. Flashbacks also reveal the backstage love ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Lesser Samuels (screenplay), Abem Finkel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Rosalind Bruce
Lee Bowman ... Squadron Leader Paul Lundy
Janet Blair ... Judy Kane
Marc Platt ... Tommy Lawson
Leslie Brooks ... Angela
Professor Lamberti Professor Lamberti ... Fred, (The Great Waldo)
Dusty Anderson ... Toni
Stephen Crane ... Observer Leslie Wiggins
Jim Bannon ... Life Photographer
Florence Bates ... May Tolliver
Ernest Cossart ... Sam Royce
Richard Haydn ... Specialty (scenes deleted)
Philip Merivale ... Reverend Gerald Lundy
Patrick O'Moore ... David Long
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A photographer for Life magazine comes to London to do a story on a local theater troupe which never missed a performance during World War II. Flashbacks also reveal the backstage love affair between star Rosalind Bruce and a British flyer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Technicolor Musical . . . . . See more »

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Drama | Musical

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Trivia

The "Music Box Theatre" in this film is the fictional representation of the real Windmill Theatre, located at 17-19 Great Windmill Street, Westminster, London. It has been the setting for three other films: Mystery at the Burlesque (1949), Secrets of a Windmill Girl (1966), and Mrs Henderson Presents (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Rita is putting on the silver dress, the part in her hair jumps from the side to the middle and back again. See more »

Quotes

Rosalind BruceJudy Kane: [singing] We're the victims of a thousand regulations, That the military strategists designed, They can't regulate a girl's sensations, There's a rule that they can't find, For the boy I left behind.
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Connections

Featured in Ballets Russes (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boy I Left Behind
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears) and Janet Blair
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The Show Must Go On, Even During The Blitz
10 February 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The movie's number one sex symbol carried a lot of films to box office success on the strength of her looks and personality. But Rita Hayworth was definitely asked to tote a lot in Tonight And Every Night, a film set during the air attacks on London about a theater that never missed a performance. There was actually such a theater as the Windmill.

A whole lot of extravagant musical numbers photographed in gorgeous technicolor are held together by a plot involving Rita being the object of a campaign by Eagle Squadron RAF member Lee Bowman. Though she's warned by fellow performer and best friend Janet Blair that Bowman's a wolf in Eagle Squadron uniform, Rita plunges headlong into things. She's also got dancer Marc Platt interested in her as well.

For a British set film, this cast sure had an awful lot of Americans. This film would have been so much better done across the pond with someone like Jessie Matthews or Anna Neagle starring. The numbers are nice enough though, the musical score by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn contained one song, Anywhere which got an Oscar nomination. A much better song of their's that Frank Sinatra sung in Anchors Aweigh, I Fall In Love Too Easily, was also nominated that year, but Rodgers and Hammerstein got the statue that year for It Might As Well Be Spring. Tonight And Every Night also got an Oscar nomination for Best Musical Scoring.

The musical numbers are great, but the plot is pretty thin.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart of the City See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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