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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 »

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Tommy Lawson
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Professor Lamberti ...
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Observer Leslie Wiggins
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Life Photographer
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Reverend Gerald Lundy
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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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Cette nuit et toujours  »

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Trivia

Rita Hayworth was pregnant during production. As a result, the musical numbers were filmed first, before the pregnancy began to show. As filming progressed, great care was taken to hide her growing belly with muffs, furniture and purses. See more »

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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

Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: [in a bomb shelter] Scared?
Rosalind Bruce: Naturally.
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: So am I.
Rosalind Bruce: Well, that's not very comforting. That's like having a lifeguard say he's afraid of the water.
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: Oh, I don't mean this. I mean you. You did a little bombing tonight yourself, you know. That dance you did...
[imitates whistling of falling bomb]
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: In fact, you bombed from a very low altitude. It's not only unfair, it's practically illegal.
Rosalind Bruce: Well, I'm sorry.
Squadron Leader Paul Lundy: You should be.
Rosalind Bruce: I hope I didn't hit anything vital.
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Featured in Christmas on Division Street (1991) See more »

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Pop Goes the Weasel
Traditional children's tune
Played on xylophone by Professor Lamberti
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The Show Must Go On, Even During The Blitz
10 February 2011 | by See 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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