Remember the Night

Remember the Night

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Director: Mitchell Leisen, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi

Cast: Mitchell Leisen, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi

     
 
A romantic comedy drama directed by former art director Mitchell Leisen and based on a skillful Preston Sturges screenplay. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lee Leander, a New York City shoplifter who is arrested just before Christmas after trying to filch an expensive piece of jewelry. Her trial delayed until after the holiday, Lee comes to the attention of an assistant

Overview

A romantic comedy drama directed by former art director Mitchell Leisen and based on a skillful Preston Sturges screenplay. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lee Leander, a New York City shoplifter who is arrested just before Christmas after trying to filch an expensive piece of jewelry. Her trial delayed until after the holiday, Lee comes to the attention of an assistant district attorney, John Sargent (Fred MacMurray). Although he will be expected to prosecute Lee in a few days, John takes pity on the prisoner, who is from his home state of Indiana. He arranges for her to be released for the holidays and escorts her home, but her mother (Georgia Caine) is not interested in a reunion. So John takes Lee to his own festivities, where Lee is bowled over by the love and affection of the Sargent family, particularly John's mother (Beulah Bondi), who is so unlike her own. Lee and John fall in love, but their return to the Big Apple and Lee's trial loom large over their romance.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of the finest -- and least known -- Christmas movies, Remember the Night is also arguably director Mitchell Leisen's best film. It benefits immensely from a sterling Preston Sturges screenplay that manages to mine all the emotion and sentiment from its "different worlds" story without every falling into bathos. Needless to say, the screenplay is also chock-full of the incisive wit, ear for a nifty turn of phrase, and insightful character studies that are a trademark of Sturges' later classic comedies. He is one of the few writers of the period who could have skated as close to the edge of soapy melodrama as the twin homecoming sequences without falling over. The film's heartwarming tugs are genuine, achieved with a bare minimum of manipulation. Leisen deserves credit for serving the material so adeptly. If the first courtroom scene is a bit awkward, it's the only place in the film where the director falters. He is helped, of course, by the irreplaceable Barbara Stanwyck. As usual, the actress is curiously radiant, a tough girl whose softness is totally believable. Fred MacMurray is a perfect foil for her, strong but tender, a man whose niceness is never cloying and whose toughness is tempered with mercy. The rest of the cast gives excellent support, especially Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, and Sterling Holloway. An excellent film, Night deserves a place in the holiday pantheon beside such better-known titles as Miracle on 34th Street and The Bells of St. Mary's.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2012
UPC:
0025192052200
Original Release:
1940
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
7,643

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Lee Leander
Fred MacMurray John Sargent
Beulah Bondi Mrs. Sargent
Elizabeth Patterson Aunt Emma
Willard Robertson Francis X. O'Leary
Sterling Holloway Willie
Paul Guilfoyle District Attorney
Charles Arnt Tom
John Wray Hank
Thomas W. Ross Mr. Emory
Tom Kennedy Fat Mike
Georgia Caine Lee's Mother
Virginia Brissac Mrs. Emory
Spencer Charters Judge at Rummage Sale
Ruth Warren Actor
Galan Galt Actor
Beth Hartman Jury Member
Martha Mears Actor
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Rufus
Chester Clute Jewelry Salesman
George H. Melford Brian
Kate Lawson Jail Matron
John Beck Lee's Stepfather
Edmund Elton Minister
Fuzzy Knight Band Leader
Milt Kibbee Jury Member
Pat O'Malley Jury Member
Julia Faye Jury Member
Jean Acker Jury Member
Ambrose Barker Jury Member
Brooks Benedict Customs Official
Harry Depp Jury Member
James Flavin Tough Attendant
George Guhl Prison Guard
Walter Soderling Jury Member
Bernard Suss Jury Member
Julius Tannen Jury Member

Technical Credits
Mitchell Leisen Director,Producer
Roland Anderson Art Director
Hans Dreier Art Director
A.E. Freudeman Set Decoration/Design
Doane Harrison Editor
Earl S. Hayman Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
Preston Sturges Screenwriter
Irvin Talbot Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Hal Walker Asst. Director
Wally Westmore Makeup

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