Remember the Night 1940

Remember the Night

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Moved to pity by the Christmas season, New York District Attorney John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) lets pretty shoplifter Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck) out on bail and offers her a ride home to Indiana. Along the way they have a run-in with a Pennsylvania sheriff, meet each others' parents, and eventually fall in love. John's mother, however, disapproves, and warns Lee to stay away, lest she damage John's career. Not wanting to cause trouble, Lee resolves to leave the man she loves.

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Lee Leander
Fred MacMurray
as John Sargent
Beulah Bondi
as Mrs. Sargent
Sterling Holloway
as Willie Simms
Willard Robertson
as Francis X. O'Leary
Charles Waldron
as Judge in New York
Paul Guilfoyle
as District Attorney
Thomas W. Ross
as Mr. Emory
Tom Kennedy
as Fat Mike
Georgia Caine
as Lee's Mother
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Emory
Spencer Charters
as Judge at Rummage Sale
Chester Clute
as Jewelry Salesman
James Flavin
as Tough Attendant
George Guhl
as Prison Guard
Kate Lawson
as Jail Matron
Fuzzy Knight
as Band Leader
John Beck
as Lee's Stepfather
Bernard Suss
as Jury Member
Frank Conklin
as Jury Member
Julius Tannen
as Jury Member
Edmund Elton
as Minister
Galan Galt
as Jury Member
Milton Kibbee
as Jury Member
Walter Soderling
as Jury Member
Pat O'Malley
as Jury Member
Harry Depp
as Jury Member
Julia Faye
as Jury Member
Avril Cameron
as Jury Member
Jean Acker
as Jury Member
Beth Hartman
as Jury Member
Ambrose Barker
as Customs Official
Brooks Benedict
as Court Spectator
Martha Mears
as Nightclub Singer
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Critic Reviews for Remember the Night

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  • 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…

    Variety Staff

    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…

    Geoff Andrew

    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 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • With an unusually bittersweet conclusion (censors may have had something to do with that), the film is pleasant, irresistible, and unforgettable.

    August 14, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • [Director Mitchell Leisen and Script Writer Preston Sturges] have, with the help of a pair of top-notch performances by Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, given us a fresh and completely engaging yarn.

    April 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Remember the Night

  • Dec 04, 2019
    Bad girl Barbara Stanwyck (is there any other kind?) is about to be a prosecuted 3-time loser, and Christmas right around the corner, when the decent and upstanding D.A., Fred Macmurray takes pity on her and so takes her to his Indiana home for the holidays. What follows is overlooked holiday treasure as their journey into the country takes them into perhaps the very heart of Christmas. This happy present, hidden under the tree and way in the back, should not remain unopened.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    At first I thought the female lead was Irene Dunn--based on appearances only! Qiuckly I realized that this was a very very young Barbra Stanwyck starring opposite Fred MacMurray. Lovelyhome spun tale of a young gal fallen on hard luck & in trouble with the law.....When even NY Prosecuting Attorney John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) finds some heart & posts Ms. Leander (Stanwyck)'s bail bond while her trial for shoplifting is postponed over Christmas vacation, an unusual series of events leads to an ironic twist of fate! These two are thrown together over the Christmas holiday season. MacMurray displays a great deal of heart & taste and is unable to simply throw out Ms. Leander onto the streets while awaiting her continued trial. Instead? MacMurray invites her to travel along with him as he heads back home to Indiana (my home state) to see his family for the holidays. Leander's roots are nearby in Pennsylvania. Wonderful rendition of the beautiful oldie, "On the Banks of the Wabash River,"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eATd7acT-ic&feature=related
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2009
    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.
    Michael G Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2009
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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