History Is Made at Night

History Is Made at Night

Director: Frank Borzage

Cast: Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur, Leo Carrillo

     
 

History is Made at Night has been described as a romantic tragedy, which it indeed is, up to a point. The film begins deceptively in screwball-comedy fashion with socialite Jean Arthur and handsome head waiter Charles Boyer "meeting cute." But there's nothing cute about Arthur's estranged husband, shipbuilder Colin Clive. Insanely jealous, Clive arranges forSee more details below

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History is Made at Night has been described as a romantic tragedy, which it indeed is, up to a point. The film begins deceptively in screwball-comedy fashion with socialite Jean Arthur and handsome head waiter Charles Boyer "meeting cute." But there's nothing cute about Arthur's estranged husband, shipbuilder Colin Clive. Insanely jealous, Clive arranges for the ship on which his wife and her lover are travelling to hit an iceberg--then, aghast at what he has done, Clive commits suicide. As the ship lists dangerously close to sinking beneath the waves, the terrified passengers--Boyer and Arthur included--huddle on the deck. The fog-enshrouded scene in which Charles and Jean affirm their love in the face of death is among the most heartrending sequences ever filmed (the director was Frank Borzage, a past master at transforming potential maudlin material into high-gloss art). Even the happy ending of History is Made at Night does not diminish the power and poignancy of that shipboard scene.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1993
UPC:
0085393507732
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Boyer Paul Dumond
Jean Arthur Irene Vail
Leo Carrillo Cesare
Colin Clive Bruce Vail
Ivan Lebedeff Michael
George Meeker Norton
Lucien Prival Private detective
Georges Renavent Inspector Millard
George Davis Maestro
Oscar Apfel Actor
Harvey Clark Actor
Adele St. Maur Hotel Maid

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Graham Baker Original Story
C. Graham Baker Screenwriter
David Hertz Screenwriter
Vincent Lawrence Screenwriter
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Gene Towne Screenwriter
Walter Wanger Producer

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