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This Could Be the Night (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 12 December 1957 (Argentina)
Jean Simmons (a school teacher) takes a secretarial job in a nightclub. The two club owners quibble about a lot, including her. Unfortunately, she develops an interest for the partner who disapproves of her employment at the club.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Cornelia Baird Gross (short stories), Isobel Lennart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 - Chef
Rafael Campos ... Hussein Mohammed
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Katie Shea - Landlady
Tom Helmore ... Stowe Devlin
Murvyn Vye ... Waxie London
Vaughn Taylor ... Ziggy Dawit - Columnist
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Shea - Landlord
William Joyce ... Bruce Cameron (as William Ogden Joyce)
James Todd James Todd ... Mr. Hallerby
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Storyline

Jean Simmons (a school teacher) takes a secretarial job in a nightclub. The two club owners quibble about a lot, including her. Unfortunately, she develops an interest for the partner who disapproves of her employment at the club.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1957 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Protection is a Tough Racket See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,569,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two employees sitting at a table in the kitchen are referred to as Leon and Eddie. This is likely a nod to the well-known and bawdy supper club Leon & Eddie's that was located on 52nd Street in New York City, run by Leon Enken and Eddie Davis. It closed in 1953 four years before this movie was released. See more »

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When Tony Franciosa visits Jean Simmons at her school, while he is outside the classroom, you can see a drawing on the chalkboard of a movie camera. (Approximately 25 minute mark). Once inside the classroom, the chalkboard the usual writings you'd see in a teaching setting. See more »

Quotes

Ivy Corlane: You're very sexy, too, Leon.
Leon: Ha, it's true, I don't deny it. I was born that way.
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References Dames (1934) See more »

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Just You, Just Me
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Performed by Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
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Exciting romantic drama
12 February 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

It's perfect casting in This Could Be the Night, with Jean Simmons as the prudish schoolteacher who wants to learn about life, Anthony Franciosa as the bad boy with good intentions, and Paul Douglas as the big softie who's just asking for a broken heart. That should be enough to sell you on the movie, but just in case it isn't, I'll continue.

Looking to pick up some extra cash, Jean gets a job in a hot nightclub as a bookkeeper. Paul Douglas instantly takes "Baby" under his wing, but Tony Franciosa thinks she doesn't fit in with their world. He tries to get her to go back to her nice, proper world, but clearly he never saw Guys and Dolls. Jean likes living on the edge!

The story is good enough on its own, but the acting really makes this movie special. All three are wonderful in their stock parts, and even though you can probably guess what'll happen in the story, you still manage to sit on the edge of your seat while it's happening. Tony and Paul have a believable chemistry together, and the screen sizzles whenever Tony and Jean share a scene. He has such a great balance of restraint and heightened emotions-if you're a fan, you need to rent this movie. If you've never seen him in a movie, this is a great one to start with; you just might get a new favorite screen couple out of it.


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