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This Could Be the Night (1957)

Jean Simmons (a school teacher) takes a secretarial job in a nightclub. The two club owners quibble about a lot, including her. Unfortunately, she develops an interest for the partner who disapproves of her employment at the club.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Cornelia Baird Gross (short stories), Isobel Lennart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Simmons ... Anne Leeds
Paul Douglas ... Rocco
Anthony Franciosa ... Tony Armotti
Julie Wilson ... Ivy Corlane
Neile Adams ... Patsy St. Clair
Joan Blondell ... Crystal St. Clair
J. Carrol Naish ... Leon - Chef
Rafael Campos ... Hussein Mohammed
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Katie Shea - Landlady
Tom Helmore ... Stowe Devlin
Murvyn Vye ... Waxie London
Vaughn Taylor ... Ziggy Dawit - Columnist
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Shea - Landlord
William Joyce ... Bruce Cameron (as William Ogden Joyce)
James Todd James Todd ... Mr. Hallerby
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Storyline

Jean Simmons (a school teacher) takes a secretarial job in a nightclub. The two club owners quibble about a lot, including her. Unfortunately, she develops an interest for the partner who disapproves of her employment at the club.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1957 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Protection is a Tough Racket See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,569,000 (estimated)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Anthony Franciosa. See more »

Quotes

Tony Armotti: There are two waiters and at least four musicians at the club who I know for a fact hate my guts. Let 'em. I don't care.
Anne Leeds: Maybe I'm not as insensitive as you are. I do care.
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Club Tonic Blues
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Written by Marvin Wright, Jack Baker and Jackie Mills
Performed by Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
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The Spayed Smell of Success
5 February 2002 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

The handsome wide-screen, black-and-white cinematography and '50s-nitery milieu will remind you of "Sweet Smell of Success" -- there's even a nasty Broadway gossip columnist lurking about -- and this uneven MGM musical-comedy-drama plays kind of like a defanged version of that classic. Had it been filmed on location, it might have gotten by on atmosphere, but this is strictly a soundstage Times Square hangout, and there's not much kick to the proceedings. The central quandary: Should "nice girl" Jean Simmons be taking a part-time job as a secretary in a seedy nightclub? It's not an earth-shaking issue, nor are the subplots -- a cooch dancer wants to win a bake-off, a busboy is failing algebra, etc. The denizens of the club are a raffish and likable bunch, and the point, if there is one, is about how all kinds of New Yorkers can coexist. But the Franciosa/ Simmons romance is unconvincing -- it's one of those why-don't-you-grab-her-and-kiss-her affairs, messily and predictably set up -- and the ending feels arbitrary. The main compensation: legendary chanteuse Julie Wilson, with more curves than the B&O, growling out "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die." If this club has such classy entertainment, how come it's populated by so many lowlifes?


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