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History Is Made at Night (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 5 March 1937 (USA)
A wealthy divorcée falls for a charming Parisian, but her insanely jealous ex-husband will do anything to get her back.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Gene Towne (screen play), C. Graham Baker (screen play) (as Graham Baker) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Paul
Jean Arthur ... Irene Vail
Leo Carrillo ... Cesare
Colin Clive ... Bruce Vail
Ivan Lebedeff ... Michael
George Meeker ... Norton
Lucien Prival ... Private Detective
George Davis ... Maestro
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The obsessive and jealous shipowner Bruce Vail does not accept the divorce his wife Irene Vail achieved in London, and he hires his driver Michael Browsky to forge adultery with Irene in Paris to make the decree null. However, she is rescued by the headwaiter Paul Dumond, who punches Michael and locks Bruce and his private eyes in a locker, and they spend a wonderful night together in the restaurant Chateau Bleu, where Paul and his best friend Chef Cesare work, and they fall in love for each other. Meanwhile, Bruce kills Michael and blackmails Irene, blaming Paul and forcing her to return with him to New York. But Paul does not give up on Irene, and moves to New York with Cesare trying to find her love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

This is one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild films originally released theatrically by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City Saturday 6 May 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Sunday 14 May 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Cincinnati Thursday 18 May 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Chicago Monday 12 June 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Tuesday 13 June 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Sunday 16 July 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Phoenix Sunday 23 July 1950 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 20 August 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Boston Sunday 12 November 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), in Pittsburgh Friday 29 December 1950 on WDTV (Channel 3), and in San Francisco Saturday 13 January 1951 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Bruce Vail: [referring to a painting of Irene] Well, what do you think of your portrait? I had it painted from a cherished photograph, and I'm going to hang it in the royal suite of The Princess Irene.
Irene Vail: By the neck until it dies?
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Soundtracks

Adios Muchachos (I Get Ideas)
(uncredited)
Written by Julio Sanders
Played by the band at Cesare's
Danced to by Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur
Reprised from a record on the ship to Paris
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Maddeningly romantic
13 October 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fairly sharp mixture of comedy, romance and melodrama has an American woman in Paris falling for the charming head-waiter in a posh French restaurant; later, after returning to the States (and to her abusive husband), she chances to meet the dashing Frenchman again. Sparkling first-half is either enhanced or destroyed by heavy drama in the second-act, depending on your viewpoint. However the film affects you, the finale aboard a sinking cruise ship certainly boasts showmanship! I caught this in a romantic mood, so I enjoyed it; any other day of the week, I might've taken a glimpse and passed.

*** from ****


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

5 March 1937 (USA) See more »

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