History Is Made At Night (1937)

History Is Made At Night


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This romantic tragedy begins with socialite Jean Arthur and handsome head waiter Charles Boyer "meeting cute." But there's nothing cute about Arthur's estranged husband, shipbuilder Colin Clive. Insanely jealous, Clive arranges for the ship on which his wife and her lover are travelling to hit an iceberg.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Written By: Vincent Lawrence, C. Graham Baker, David Hertz, Gene Towne
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Criterion Collection


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Critic Reviews for History Is Made At Night

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the silliest and therefore most magnetic of all '30s romantic melodramas.

Full Review… | February 22, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

A type of unbelievable melodrama that went out of fashion ages ago.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

History Is Made at Night is a patchwork quilt genre bender that stands as one of Frank Borzage's supreme achievements.

Full Review… | July 19, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for History Is Made At Night


what an odd film that covers every genre from romantic comedy to thriller to heavy melodrama to disaster film! the lovely jean arthur has great chemistry with her dashing leading man charles boyer, but their love is thwarted by her dastardly, and psychotically jealous, ex-husband colin clive. the original dr frankenstein died shortly after this film was completed

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


This is a very interesting movie because it combines so many different elements of different genres, but it gets to be too much, and I really didn't like the ending.

Aj V

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