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      Remember the Night

      1940 1h 34m Holiday Romance Comedy List
      100% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 84% Audience Score 250+ Ratings 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. Read More Read Less

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      THR Staff Hollywood Reporter A heart-warming story based on a distinctly unique premise, sparkling comedy which always has a latent heart tug, superlative performances, an excellent script, top notch production and direction. Dec 17, 2021 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Stanwyck turns in a fine performance. MacMurray is impressive as the serious-minded prosecutor, but loosens up for the comedy stretches. Nov 12, 2007 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out 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. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills That modestly budgeted political satire was a sleeper hit with audiences as well as critics...excellent 1940 seriocomedy... Jul 31, 2023 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins With an unusually bittersweet conclusion (censors may have had something to do with that), the film is pleasant, irresistible, and unforgettable. Rated: 9/10 Aug 14, 2020 Full Review Harry MacArthur Washington Star [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. Apr 3, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mike D Heart warming film. The themes are very contemporary. Stanwyck is always mesmerizing. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/21/23 Full Review Tim O Classic Christmas Canon flick in our household. Mismatched couple makes the journey across country, to their roots and back. Standard tropes, well delivered. Most modern films would be lucky to be *half* as entertaining as this film was 83 years ago. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/18/23 Full Review Shadowman4710 A rather charming, if quite dated romantic comedy set during the Christmas season. Barbara Stanwick and Fred MacMurray had a great deal of charisma on-screen, which is readily apparent here. I'd say it's a good one for those interested in older films using Holidays as a backdrop. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/16/23 Full Review Kristy R At no point was this movie even entertaining. Had to force myself to watch to the end Rated 1 out of 5 stars 12/10/23 Full Review Angelo R I discovered this just a few years ago. It quickly became, probably, my favorite holiday movie. The story is quite charming. The traveling home for Christmas is quite the story. Barbara Stanwyk's heart breaking story of "you can't go home" sets up the heart warming tale Fred MacMurry's family taking her in and showing the true spirit of Christmas. Wonderful acting all around. Puts in a happy holidays spirit just thinking of it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/14/23 Full Review Steve D Quite fun besides the stupid (code mandated?) resolution. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Mitch Leisen
      Producer
      Mitch Leisen
      Screenwriter
      Preston Sturges
      Production Co
      Paramount
      Genre
      Holiday, Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 8, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 34m