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Night and Day (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 3 August 1946 (USA)
A fictionalized biopic of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Charles Hoffman (screen play), Leo Townsend (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Cole Porter
Alexis Smith ... Linda Lee Porter
Monty Woolley ... Monty
Ginny Simms ... Carole Hill
Jane Wyman ... Gracie Harris
Eve Arden ... Gabrielle
Victor Francen ... Anatole Giron
Alan Hale ... Leon Dowling
Dorothy Malone ... Nancy
Tom D'Andrea ... Tommy
Selena Royle ... Kate Porter
Donald Woods ... Ward Blackburn
Henry Stephenson ... Omar Cole
Paul Cavanagh ... Bart McClelland
Sig Ruman ... Wilowski
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The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public myths surrounding Cole at the time, despite its lack of relationship with truth. For instance, truth and movie are different in regards to: his sex life (he was a gay man in a marriage of convenience with a divorcee friend), his relationship with his wife, Monty Wooley was a contemporary (not Professor), and his French military experience was a hoax. Written by <cole@doitall.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche y día See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Monty Woolley and Mary Martin recreate their real life experiences with Cole Porter in this film. See more »

Goofs

During the rehearsal of the song "I Get A Kick Out Of You" at Cole Porter's mansion, a butler uncorks a bottle of champagne. The force of the uncorking knocks the towel off his arm. A second later in the next shot, the towel is back on his arm. See more »

Quotes

Carole Hill: I'll be frank Mr. Porter, my rosebuds are at the height of their season.
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Music is the High Point
29 March 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

One of Broadway's most brilliant songwriters, Cole Porter (1891-1964) worked hard to present an unflappable image to the world--but in truth he was a tremendously complex man, a homosexual who lived with wife Linda Lee Thomas in a marriage of convenience, subject fits of depression, and suffering horrific pain in the wake of a horseback riding accident which left him crippled at the peak of his career. Add to this the fact that his lyrics were often censored for film, radio, and records and it seems very odd that 1940s Hollywood would attempt a biography. What they did, of course, was fictionalize it to the max, reducing the story of his life to a mix of backstage musical and domestic drama--and transforming the tiny and waspish Porter and his icy bride Linda into handsome Cary Grant and lovely Alexis Smith. The result is pure nonsense, of course, but when you tack in a host of Porter classics--fantasy it might be, but it is entertaining enough to watch.

Grant is no singer, but he has considerable charm, and Smith is as always extremely attractive. The supporting cast is remarkably strong, featuring the likes of Jane Wyman, Eve Arden, Dorothy Malone, and Alan Hale--and rare screen appearances by Monty Woolley and Mary Martin, who deliver knockout performances of "Miss Otis Regrets" and "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" respectively. The DVD transfer is reasonable, and although the bonuses are pure fluff they are amusing. While it may be short on fact with a story little more than pure melodrama, the music and performers make NIGHT AND DAY a reasonably pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Gary F. Taylor, GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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