This Could Be the Night

Overview

A rare comedy effort by director Robert Wise, This Could Be the Night is based on a series of short stories Cordelia Baird Gross. Jean Simmons stars as Anne Leeds, a prim, proper and very level-headed grade-school teacher who takes a night job as secretary to rough-and-tumble nightclub owner Rocco (Paul Douglas). Despite his raffish exterior, Rocco has a heart of gold, and he does is best to protect Anne from Broadway predators in general and ladies'-man Tony Armotti (Anthony Franciosa) in particular. As she ...
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Overview

A rare comedy effort by director Robert Wise, This Could Be the Night is based on a series of short stories Cordelia Baird Gross. Jean Simmons stars as Anne Leeds, a prim, proper and very level-headed grade-school teacher who takes a night job as secretary to rough-and-tumble nightclub owner Rocco (Paul Douglas). Despite his raffish exterior, Rocco has a heart of gold, and he does is best to protect Anne from Broadway predators in general and ladies'-man Tony Armotti (Anthony Franciosa) in particular. As she struggles to put Rocco's questionable business practices in order, Anne also encourages the efforts of immigrant busboy Hussein (Rafael Campos) to earn his American citizenship, and helps sexy chorine Ivy (Neile Adams) realize her dream of becoming a famous chef. Several veteran thespians add spice to the proceedings, including J. Carroll Naish, Joan Blondell, Murvyn Vye and ZaSu Pitts, while music is provided by the Ray Anthony Orchestra.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Robert Wise had a definite talent for certain types of movies, and not just blockbuster musicals, but little comedies like This Could Be the Night weren't really his forte. Not that Night is a terrible movie or that the director's work is by any means bad. It's just that Night is the kind of featherweight trifle that requires the director be totally in sync with the material. This is especially true of Night because the material itself is simply not very good. Oh, it works, in that it gets from A to B to C without too many clunks. But Isobel Lennart's screenplay is low on laughs and even lower on originality; it struggles to have charm, especially where its supposedly-raffish characters are concerned, but "struggle" and "charm" just don't go together. Wise keeps things moving along smoothly but with no excitement and without being able to inject the missing charm. Jean Simmons provides a bit of charm, and in his own way so does Paul Douglas -- but it's not enough. Anthony Franciosa and Simmons have a nice chemistry and the two look mighty good, so that helps. And the supporting cast is a plus, especially wonderful Julie Wilson letting her pipes loose on several songs. So it's an adequate, painless way to pass the time; one just wishes it were something a little more special.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2012
  • UPC: 883316487976
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,555

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Simmons Anne Leeds
Paul Douglas Rocco
Anthony Franciosa Tony Armotti
Julie Wilson Ivy Corlane
Neile Adams Patsy St. Clair
Joan Blondell Crystal St. Clair
J. Carrol Naish Leon
Rafael Campos Hussein Mohammed
ZaSu Pitts Mrs. Shea
Tom Helmore Stowe Devlin
Murvyn Vye Waxie London
Vaughn Taylor Ziggy Dawlt
Frank Ferguson Mr. Shea
James Todd Mr. Hallerby
June Blair
Richard Collier Homer
Walter Davis Jr. Archie Savage Trio
Matty Fain Guest
John Harding Eduardo
Percy Helton Charlie
Harry Hines
Edna Holland Teacher
Gregg Martell
Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson
Archie Savage
Lew Smith Waiter
Nita Talbot Chorus Girl
Betty Uitti Sexy Girl
Paul Peterson Boy
Neile McQueen Patsy St. Clair
William Ogden Joyce
Ray Anthony Orchestra
Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Jack Baker Choreography
George Boemler Editor
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
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