Tonight or Never

Overview

Mervyn LeRoy's 1931 romantic comedy Tonight Or Never comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this is still a fine title from Image.
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Overview

Mervyn LeRoy's 1931 romantic comedy Tonight Or Never comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this is still a fine title from Image.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Tonight or Never may not be a classic, but it does feature the delectable Gloria Swanson giving the lie to the rumor that she couldn't cut it once the talkies came in. Her career may indeed have petered out, but that has more to do with changing tastes than with the star's inability to handle dialogue. Indeed, Swanson is a thorough delight in Tonight (as she was in many of her post-silent films), spewing out comic lines with ease and putting a flirtatious spin on words, and even parts of words, that is a joy. She may have been a little old for the part of a terribly young opera singer, but one buys her. She also looks sensational in her Coco Chanel costumes. Swanson is well matched by the young Melvyn Douglas, demonstrating that he could more than hold his own with a star of Swanson's league and ability. Alison Skipworth is her usual amusing self, and there's even a chance to catch a pre-Frankenstein Boris Karloff in a comedic bit. Unfortunately, the good cast has to struggle with material that is only so-so and direction that is merely adequate. The film belies its stage origins and could have benefited from an approach that took the talkier scenes and found a more cinematic way of presenting them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • UPC: 014381920024
  • Original Release: 1931
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gloria Swanson Nella Vago
Ferdinand Gottschalk Rudig
Melvyn Douglas Fletcher
Warburton Gamble Count Albert von Gronac
Robert Greig The Butler
Boris Karloff The Waiter
Greta Meyer The Maid
Alison Skipworth The Marchesa
Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Coco Chanel Costumes/Costume Designer
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Fanny Hatton Screenwriter
Frederic Hatton Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Willy Pogany Art Director
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Ernest Vajda Screenwriter
Grant Whytock Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Tonight or Never
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title; A Triumphant Show? [9:35]
2. Mystery Man [7:05]
3. On The Road Again [7:35]
4. Relationship Friction [11:27]
5. Setting The Bait [5:00]
6. Playing Possum [6:41]
7. The Games Lovers Play [6:45]
8. The Spider Caught In Its Own Web [8:36]
9. Bitten By The Love Bug [6:48]
10. Throwing Albert Out [3:05]
11. Brokenhearted [5:29]
12. The Truth Be Told [3:08]
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Side #1 -- Tonight or Never
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