This Could Be the Night (1957)





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When a proper teacher/secretary-type accepts a position working for a couple of gangsters at a nightclub (providing the audience with plenty of music), she finds herself in a romantic situation in this light comedy.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Warner Home Video

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Jean Simmons
as Anne Leeds
Anthony Franciosa
as Tony Armotti
Julie Wilson
as Ivy Corlane
Neile McQueen
as Patsy St. Clair
Neile Adams
as Patsy St. Clair
Joan Blondell
as Crystal St. Clair
Rafael Campos
as Hussein Mohammed
Zasu Pitts
as Mrs. Shea
Tom Helmore
as Stowe Devlin
Murvyn Vye
as Waxie London
Vaughan Taylor
as Ziggy Dawlt
Frank Ferguson
as Mr. Shea
William Ogden Joyce
as Bruce Cameron
James Todd
as Mr. Hallerby
John Harding
as Eduardo
Percy Helton
as Charlie
Walter Davis Jr.
as Archie Savage Trio
Edna Holland
as Teacher
Betty Uitti
as Sexy Girl
Lew Smith
as Waiter
June Blair
as Chorus Girl
Nita Talbot
as Chorus Girl
Harry Hines
as Guest
Matty Fain
as Guest
Neile Adams
as Patsy St. Clair
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Critic Reviews for This Could Be the Night

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Even the rhinestones look fake when they sparkle.

Full Review… | January 26, 2004
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While the story is on the simplistic side, it was a fun fish-out-of water scenario and I highly enjoyed the performances in this film. Jean Simmons plays a contained school teacher who takes a part-time job working as a secretary in a nightclub. It quickly becomes apparent that she's just as good for the club as the nightclub is good for her. I especially enjoyed Paul Douglas in his fatherly role as nightclub owner and Simmons' protector. The chemistry between opposites Jean Simmons and Douglas' protégé, played by the very handsome and brooding Anthony Franciosa develops well throughout the film so when their lips meet the screen sizzles. Great co-stars, very quirky and well developed. Also got a kick of out the subtle references and euphemisms for sex and virginity as Simmon's sexual experience or lack of it was contrasted with Franciosa's wealth in that area. It was made more than abundantly clear, because otherwise the audience just wouldn't have caught on?? Lastly just wanted to mention that the nightclub's design, atmosphere and musical numbers were well developed. Julie Smith smolders as the veteran lounge singer.

Laura Cameron
Laura Cameron

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Very entertaining, the cast is great, particularly Joan Blondell. It is a little predictable but always enjoyable. Good score, fine art direction and costumes.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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