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Remember the Night

Remember the Night (1940)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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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

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

Stanwyck turns in a fine performance. MacMurray is impressive as the serious-minded prosecutor, but loosens up for the comedy stretches.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Playing superbly on the personae of his leads, Leisen creates a movie of warmth and immense style, which never quite trips over into excessive sentimentality.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Perhaps this is a bit too early in the season to be talking of the best pictures of 1940; it is not too early to say that Paramount's nomination is worth considering.

January 28, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The loose, graceful script is by Preston Sturges (one of his last before he turned to directing), and it partakes of a softness and nostalgia that seldom surfaced in his own films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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You'd have to be a grump not to like this funny, sentimental blend of pathos, drama and zaniness.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An astonishing, moving film.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Remember the Night

four years before double indemnity, stanwyck and macmurray made this very different film together. the plot may be a little far fetched but sturges' banter is unmistakable. better than the holiday classic christmas in connecticut imo
December 24, 2010
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Stella Dallas

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Remember the Night is a good but not great movie. The Preston Sturges-scripted story starts off with his signature madcap qualities but director Mitchell Leisen takes the movie into melodrama country for the last act. In Leisen's defense, that Niagara Falls scene was beautiful. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck are as always, amazing together And of course Beulah Bondi was fantastic to the point where you almost wish she was your mom. Remember the Night is a great watch if you're tired of Christmas movies--there's enough Christmas going on without it getting shoved down your throat.
December 14, 2009
mjgildea

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The leads elevate a decent script to a superior level.
March 1, 2009
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jay nixon

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