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A Night to Remember (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 10 December 1942 (USA)
A mystery writer and his newlywed wife move into a Greenwich Village apartment and find themselves with a corpse and a half dozen red herrings.

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Richard Wallace

Writers:

Kelley Roos (story), Richard Flournoy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Nancy Troy
Brian Aherne ... Jeff Troy aka Jeff Yort
Jeff Donnell ... Anne Stafford Carstairs
William Wright ... Scott Carstairs
Sidney Toler ... Inspector Hankins
Gale Sondergaard ... Mrs. Devoe
Donald MacBride ... Bolling
Lee Patrick ... Polly Franklin
Don Costello ... Eddie Turner
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Salter
Richard Gaines ... Lingle
James Burke ... Pat Murphy
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A woman rents a gloomy basement apartment in Greenwich Village, thinking it will provide the perfect atmosphere for her mystery writer husband to create his next book. They soon find themselves in the middle of a real-life mystery when a corpse turns up in their apartment. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THE MOST MIRTHFUL MURDER MYSTERY IN YEARS! (original print ad-all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Qué noche aquella! See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 1, 1944 with 'Brian Donlevy' and 'Lucille Ball' in the lead roles. See more »

Quotes

Bolling: Yeah, and you admit exchanging blows with him
Nancy Troy: There was no exchange. Only two blows were struck. He struck my husband. My husband struck the floor.
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Spoofed in A Night to Dismember (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

March of the Wooden Soldiers
(uncredited) (1903)
Composed by Victor Herbert
Several bars are heard in the scene with the rapier.
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Worth seeing but don't expect any magic
24 July 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A couple years before this film debuted, Warner Brothers Studio made a similar (and significantly better) film called FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK. Like A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, the film is about a writer who investigates a murder. The Errol Flynn film was terrific--highly under-appreciated. However, this reworking of the story leaves a bit to be desired--though it's still worth watching.

The film begins with a married couple moving into a Greenwich Village apartment. The husband writes murder mysteries but wants to write a romance set in the Village, so his wife arranges to rent this basement apartment to give him inspiration. However, instead of encouraging him to write about romance or the Bohemian lifestyle, they are plunged into a murder mystery themselves when a dead man is discovered just outside their apartment. And, because it's a movie, the couple decide to investigate the mystery themselves.

The film is meant as a light comedy and although it's not a bad film, sometimes it seemed to try too hard to be funny--producing some rather forced laughs. For example, while the double-fainting gag made me laugh, it actually was a detriment to the story because the humor was rather low, to say the least. Also, the running gag involving the turtle really wore thin--it just wasn't funny the first time nor did it make sense--so naturally, they did it again and again.

Some things I did like were the husband's (Brian Ahern) repeatedly failed attempts to act manly. Also, while it was a dopey film, Loretta Young and Ahern at least gave it their best. Still, FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK succeeded because the important thing was the plot and dopey humor was not inserted illogically into the plot. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER is worth seeing but don't expect any magic.

By the way, pay attention to the police inspector. It's Sydney Toler, who at the same time period he made this film he was also appearing in the Charlie Chan series.


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