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Remembering the Night — 11 Comments

  1. Remember the Night" sadly goes unnoticed by many I'm sure, especially since it seems to be over shadowed so much by "…Wonderful Life" that year. Interestingly I noticed that Hollywood tried to hook us again the very next year with "The Bishop's Wife", and adding the delights of little Karolyn Grimes and Bobby Anderson. Coincidence?
    Enjoy the holiday season, Jim. Nice to still be connected with you again after all these years.

    Allen Pontes

  2. Wonderful film (pun unintentional), and it's a tribute to Stanwyck and MacMurray that while watching this, you don't think of them in "Double Indemnity" (or in "There's Always Tomorrow," either). Three distinctly different films, made in three different eras (pre-WWII, WWII. mid-fifties), but with the same leads, and all three are splendid.

  3. Jim, while I'm a big fan of DOUBLE INDEMNITY, I've never gotten an opportunity to see REMEMBER THE NIGHT. However, your endearing review has me interested in checking it out, especially with a supporting cast including Sterling Holloway (the voice of Winnie the Pooh himself!) and Elizabeth Patterson (Lucy Ricardo's neighbor/babysitter Mrs. Trumball!). And for the record, at the risk of sounding like a Philistine, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE always made me wish I could burst into the movie, grab George Bailey by the collar, and shout, "Stop letting everybody walk all over you! Tell 'em where they can get off!" It worked in the movie version of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY! 🙂 Anyway, great post, Jim, as always! May you and yours have a very happy holiday season!

  4. I enjoyed your experience with both films. If anyone grumbles about Watching "It's a Wonderful Life" during our families Christmas gathering they get the side eye and a few snippy comments.

    Thanks for sharing "Remember the Night" and I agree with Allen that it is often overlooked and I'll be the first to admit that I'm guilty of that. I've enjoyed every on screen pairing of Fred and Barbara.

    I will definitely add this fine film to my Christmas viewing list!
    Page

  5. Welcome, Allen! Glad you stopped by. For everyone's info, Allen and I are old stagemates: we were Feste and Malvolio, respectively, in Twelfth Night back in 1977. Of course, we were mere toddlers at the time…

    VP, thanks for the tip on There's Always Tomorrow; that's one I've never caught up with, and I'll make a point to check it out.

    Dorian, I forgive you your philistinism; personally, I've always wanted to lead the torch-and-pitchfork parade to burn down the Potter mansion. Happy Holidays to you and yours, if we don't talk again before New Year's.

    Page, welcome to you, too, and have fun with your "Six Degrees of Separation" game over at My Love of Old Hollywood. I was tempted to sign on, but time and tide (of commitments) did not permit.

  6. I had a similar experience 'discovering' 'It's a Wonderful Life' in the 1970s on a late-night showing, and being astonished by the film. If it's greeted with cynicism today, that seems due more to the rampant commercialism that's general around Christmas time anyway (it seems nowadays you can't escape 'A Christmas Story' playing 24/7 at this time of year).

    I first saw 'Remember the Night' at a revival showing at the NYC Film Forum about 2 years ago, so the film is obviously getting noticed. I also have the DVD—it's a beautiful print, which should help to make it a classic. But I sincerely hope that it doesn't become a round-the-clock item like Wonderful Life or Christmas Story; it has a delicate, melancholy aura that should be sampled like a fine Christmas brandy; just a little sip at a time.