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This Could Be the Night (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 12 December 1957 (Argentina)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anne Leeds
... Rocco
... Tony Armotti
... Ivy Corlane
... Patsy St. Clair
... Crystal St. Clair
... Leon - Chef
... Hussein Mohammed
... Mrs. Katie Shea - Landlady
... Stowe Devlin
... Waxie London
... Ziggy Dawit - Columnist
... Mr. Shea - Landlord
... Bruce Cameron (as William Ogden Joyce)
James Todd ... Mr. Hallerby
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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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12 December 1957 (Argentina)  »

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Protection is a Tough Racket  »

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$1,569,000 (estimated)
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This film flopped at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $804,000 ($7.2M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Cameron: Why should a girl like Ivy go to night school? And if she does go to night school, why should she take algebra?
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Featured in Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Taking A Chance On Love
(uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by John La Touche and Ted Fetter
Performed by Julie Wilson
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Charmingly unconvincing
11 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Jean Simmons never performed without vanity. Even here as a struggling sophisticate (a schoolteacher who takes a part-time secretarial job in a "sleazy" nightclub run by guys named Tony and Rocco), Simmons is coiffed to the gills and everything about her breathes Park Avenue. This inconsequential drama-lite is peopled with lovable low-lifes and features a smoky but mostly scrubbed-clean hot-spot at its center, yet the energy and fake-pizazz may win you over. Paul Douglas and Tony Francisosa work well together as co-managers of the club, and Simmons (nicknamed "Baby"!) is tolerable as the intellectual who improves their personalities. Good supporting cast includes Neile Adams (looking like a cross between Carol Haney and a young Liza Minnelli) as Joan Blondell's daughter, and Julie Wilson as a torchy singer who comes on like Patti Page. Robert Wise directed, under the usual MGM gloss. **1/2 from ****


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