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Everything Happens at Night (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 22 December 1939 (USA)
Two competing reporters fall in love with the daughter of a Nobel Prize winner living in hiding.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Art Arthur (original screen play), Robert Harari (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Henie ... Louise
Ray Milland ... Geoffrey Thompson
Robert Cummings ... Ken Morgan
Maurice Moscovitch ... Dr. Hugo Norden (as Maurice Moscovich)
Leonid Kinskey ... Groder
Alan Dinehart ... Fred Sherwood
Fritz Feld ... Gendarme
Jody Gilbert ... Hilda
Victor Varconi ... Cavas
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Hotel Clerk
George Davis ... Bellhop
Paul Porcasi ... Bartender
Michael Visaroff ... Woodcutter
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Woodcutter's Wife
Christian Rub ... Telegrapher
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Storyline

Two competing reporters fall in love with the daughter of a Nobel Prize winner living in hiding.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Idílio nos Alpes See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$193,100
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lester Matthews as "Philip" and Roger Imhof as "Judge" are in studio records/casting call lists, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Hilda: So, you're an American!
Ken Morgan: Yes.
Hilda: Are you a millionaire?
Ken Morgan: Well, a few of us aren't.
Hilda: Is it true that in America they have buildings as high as this mountain?
Ken Morgan: Oh, higher.
Hilda: Why do they build them so high?
Ken Morgan: I beg pardon?
Hilda: Why...do they build 'em...so high?
Ken Morgan: Oh! Well, that's so the people that build them and can't seem to rent them have a nice place to jump off.
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Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Background music for a skating sequence by Sonja Henie
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Lesser Sonja Henie vehicle
30 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Sonja Henie is always watchable and a marvel at ice skating, but 'Everything Happens at Night' is one of her weaker films along with 'One in a Million' and 'It's a Pleasure'.

What there is of the ice skating is dazzling and full of grace, flawlessly performed by Henie, but there isn't enough of it. 'Everything Happens at Night' is saved mainly by the funny and charming performances of Robert Cummings and particularly Ray Milland. The humour is sporadic, but is entertaining when it's there.

The production values are suitably elegant and beautifully captured by camera and the music complements very well indeed.

Henie however, despite dancing/skating flawlessly, shows limitations as an actress, a big problem for a role heavier in the drama department than the ice skating. Apart from some nice humour, the script is very limp, while the direction is stodgy and the story is as thin as ice, sometimes pedestrian and implausible.

Overall, watchable but a lesser film with Sonja Henie. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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