Night and Day is a filmusical, based on the career of Cole Porter. It's to the credit of director Mike Curtiz and the combined scripters that they weighed the fruitful elements so intelligently, and kept it all down as much as they did. Wisely all steered clear of making this a blend of 'and then I wrote' and a Technicolored songplug unspooling.

Night and Day is a filmusical, based on the career of Cole Porter. It’s to the credit of director Mike Curtiz and the combined scripters that they weighed the fruitful elements so intelligently, and kept it all down as much as they did. Wisely all steered clear of making this a blend of ‘and then I wrote’ and a Technicolored songplug unspooling.

Here’s a guy to whom nothing more exciting happens than that he’s born to millions and stays in a ‘rut’ for the rest of his career by making more money. The plot, per se, therefore is static on analysis but paradoxically it emerges into a surprisingly interesting unfolding. A real-life ambulance driver in World War I, Porter is shown with the French army. Alexis Smith plays the nurse whom he marries; she’s previously introduced as of an aristocratic family. And thereafter, save for a fall off a spirited steed which caused Porter much real-life suffering because of broken legs which never set properly, the footage of Night and Day is a succession of hit shows and hit songs.

The tunes are chronologically mixed up a bit – a cinematic license with which none can be captious – and the romantic story line takes the accent principally in that Smith seeks to get her husband away from the mad show biz whirl of London and Broadway.

1946: Nomination: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture

Night and Day

Production

Warner. Director Michael Curtiz; Producer Arthur Schwartz; Screenplay Charles Hoffman, Leo Townsend, William Bowers; Camera Peverell Marley, William V. Skall; Editor David Weisbart; Music Ray Heindorf (arr.), Leo F. Forbstein (dir.), Max Steiner; Art Director John Hughes

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Alexis Smith Monty Woolley Jane Wyman Dorothy Malone Mary Martin
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