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This Is the Night (1932)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 April 1932 (USA)
An affair is almost exposed when Claire's husband unexpectedly returns early from Summer Olympics.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Henry Falk (play) (as Henri Falk), Benjamin Glazer | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lili Damita ... Germaine
Charles Ruggles ... Bunny West
Roland Young ... Gerald Gray
Thelma Todd ... Claire Mathewson
Cary Grant ... Stephen Mathewson
Irving Bacon ... Sparks
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Storyline

An affair is almost exposed when Claire's husband unexpectedly returns early from Summer Olympics.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esposa Improvisada See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (partially tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some prints of film have blue-tinted night scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Bunny and Stephen, carrying his javelins, after arriving back unexpectedly from his trip to the Olympics, go into the next room, a large shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the doorway and wall behind it. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Gray: What are you doing?
Bunny West: Breathing.
Gerald Gray: Well, stop it. It sounds immoral.
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Connections

Remake of Good and Naughty (1926) See more »

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This Is the Night
Written by Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger
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This is Frank Tuttle
1 July 2005 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Frank Tuttle was a highly competent house director for many years, working for Sam Goldwyn, Paramount and so forth, turning out well-made movies in which the style served the story. In our day of auteur worship and the insistence that, if a critic can't tell who directed a film without looking at the credits, it is not a good film, craftsmen like Tuttle are considered hacks. I disagree. You may disagree with me. We'll leave that unsettled for the moment and thumb wrestle over it later.

This movie has all the earmarks of a Lubitsch picture: the European settings (Paris, Hollywood, which Lubitsch said he much preferred to Paris France; Venice, where he had set the opening of TROUBLE IN PARADISE two years earlier) and is the sort of racy European comedy that Paramount specialized in until the Production Code killed them dead later that year. The setups are all Lubitsch: the recitative number "Madame Has Lost Her Dress" that opens the movie; The sexual imagery of Cary Grant carrying around a bagful of javelins and reducing Roland Young and Charlie Ruggles to blithering idiocy; Thelma Todd in her underwear; and into this mess lands Lily Damita, an honest girl reduced to sleeping on movie sets: trouble in Paris, Hollywood.

Although Tuttle lacks the ability to direct actors in the small, exquisite details that Lubitsch did, he had a fine hand at framing and storyline. The movie is near perfect, except for the miscasting of Roland Young as the love interest..... but perhaps that is the point of the matter: we do not always fall in love with Maurice Chevalier.


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