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      History Is Made at Night

      Released Mar 5, 1937 1h 37m Romance List
      100% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 77% Audience Score 50+ Ratings When his wife, Irene (Jean Arthur), plans to divorce him, wealthy and cruel businessman Bruce Vail (Colin Clive) sends his chauffeur to her Paris hotel room so he can catch her in a "compromising" position. Instead, Bruce interrupts a masked thief, who kidnaps Irene. Later, the thief -- head waiter Paul Dumond (Charles Boyer) -- reveals to Irene that he overheard the plot and wanted to help. After a romantic evening, Irene falls in love with Paul, but Bruce will stop at nothing to ruin them. Read More Read Less

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      Dan Callahan Slant Magazine History Is Made at Night is a patchwork quilt genre bender that stands as one of Frank Borzage's supreme achievements. Rated: 4/4 Jul 19, 2006 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film It is one of Hollywood’s hidden unknowns despite a recognizable cast that can flip easily in tone but maintains its integrity in the fleeting moments of danger. Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Sean Burns Crooked Marquee “There’s a kamikaze quality to 'History Is Made At Night,' a breathless, anything-can-happen flood of events that mirrors the headlong feeling of falling in love for the first time. Dec 2, 2022 Full Review David Harris Spectrum Culture A go-for-broke approach to genre conventions imbues History is Made at Night with a sparkling infusion of "what comes next," making it feel more alive than most movies from the era. Nov 30, 2021 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Borzage's gift is that he makes this bizarre, convoluted story somehow flow, while feeling totally natural and honest. The emotions felt in it are absolutely genuine, and it truly is a thing of beauty. Rated: 4/4 Aug 13, 2021 Full Review Betsy Sherman Arts Fuse Jean Arthur was a bright light of the screwball comedy genre... Jun 28, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      LB P I couldn't handle Jean Arthur's miscasting and overacting. I usually really like her but her melodramatic acting and facial expressions were ridiculous. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/24/24 Full Review Deke P 1937. Odd title. GREAT CAST! GREAT REVIEWS! Even if one only watches a part of it, it becomes obvious that the GREAT REVIEWS are true and this is an exceptional film. Never heardo til saw it on the tellyvision screen 2.3.23. Note to sef: watch it ALL over agin, paying particular attention to A-Z. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/03/23 Full Review william d A murder mystery, a romantic comedy, a domestic drama, a disaster movie - this film is all over the place. Trying to cover so many bases at once is ultimately unsatisfying. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The best romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review kevin w Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur share some nice chemistry in the standard love story that is not standard at all. Arthur is married unhappily to Colin Clive (yep, he of Frankenstein fame) and the reason for her unhappiness is as grownup as any I've seen in any movie ever. The film flickers meanwhile from screwball comedy to melodrama to disaster flick in the blink of an eye and, rather than distract, the method keeps one involved. Keep an eye out for this one, as is a classic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member the Chemistry between the two leads were amazing ^^ Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis When his wife, Irene (Jean Arthur), plans to divorce him, wealthy and cruel businessman Bruce Vail (Colin Clive) sends his chauffeur to her Paris hotel room so he can catch her in a "compromising" position. Instead, Bruce interrupts a masked thief, who kidnaps Irene. Later, the thief -- head waiter Paul Dumond (Charles Boyer) -- reveals to Irene that he overheard the plot and wanted to help. After a romantic evening, Irene falls in love with Paul, but Bruce will stop at nothing to ruin them.
      Director
      Frank Borzage
      Producer
      Walter Wanger
      Screenwriter
      Gene Towne, C. Graham Baker
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 5, 1937, Original
      Runtime
      1h 37m