πŸŽ₯ Remember The Night – 1940

The Story …

Lee Leander is arrested for stealing a bracelet from a New York City jewelry store. The assistant district attorney, John “Jack” Sargent, is assigned to prosecute her.

The trial begins just before Christmas, but to avoid facing a jury filled with the holiday spirit, Jack has the trial postponed on a technicality.

When he hears Lee complaining to her lawyer about spending Christmas in jail, Jack feels guilty and asks bondsman Fat Mike to post bail. Fat Mike assumes that Jack intends to seduce Lee, and after he posts bail for her, he delivers her to Jack’s apartment.

Discovering that Lee is a fellow Hoosier (native of Indiana), and that she has nowhere to spend Christmas, Jack offers to drop her off at her mother’s house on his way to visit his own family …

On the drive, Jack gets lost in Pennsylvania and the couple spends the night parked in a field. The next morning, they are arrested by the landowner for trespassing and destruction of property, and taken to an unfriendly justice of the peace. Lee starts a fire in his wastebasket as a distraction, and the pair flees. Lee’s mother, a malevolent, embittered woman, has remarried, and does not want a relationship with her daughter, whom she considers a lost cause.

Jack takes Lee home to spend Christmas with his family. She is warmly received by Jack’s cousin Willie, aunt Emma, and his mother, even after Jack reveals Lee’s past. On New Year’s Eve, Jack kisses Lee at a barn dance, and later that night, his mother visits Lee’s bedroom for a talk.

She reveals that the family was poor during Jack’s childhood, and that he worked hard to put himself through college and law school. She asks Lee to give Jack up, rather than jeopardize his career, and Lee agrees.

On the way back to New York via Canada (to bypass Pennsylvania), Jack tells Lee that he loves her, and tries to persuade her to jump bail, but she refuses. Back in New York, Jack tries to lose Lee’s case by using harsh and aggressive questioning to force the jury to sympathize with her. Jack’s boss has been alerted about the affair, and secretly listens outside the courtroom.

Realizing that Jack may damage his career, Lee changes her plea to guilty. As she is led away, Jack wants to marry Lee on the spot. She refuses, saying that if he still feels the same way after she has completed her prison term and he has had time to consider his decision, they can marry.

She asks that he only stand beside her and hold her hand during her sentencing, and he promises to do so.

Credits :

  • Directed by Mitchell Leisen
  • Screenplay by Preston Sturges
  • Story by Preston Sturges
  • Produced by Mitchell Leisen and Albert Lewis
  • Cinematography : Ted Tetzlaff
  • Edited by Doane Harrison
  • Music by Frederick Hollander
  • Colour Process : Black and white
  • Production Company : Paramount Pictures
  • Distributed by Paramount Pictures
  • Release Date : January 19, 1940

Cast :

  • Barbara Stanwyck as Lee Leander
  • Fred MacMurray as John Sargent
  • Beulah Bondi as Mrs. Sargent
  • Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Emma
  • Willard Robertson as Francis X. O’Leary
  • Sterling Holloway as “Chilly” Willie Simms
  • Charles Waldron as Judge (New York)
  • Paul Guilfoyle as District Attorney, John’s boss
  • Charles Arnt as Tom
  • Fred ‘Snowflake’ Toones as Rufus, John’s servant
  • Tom Kennedy as “Fat” Mike, the bail bondsman
  • Georgia Caine as Lee’s Mother
  • John Wray as Farmer Hank
  • Thomas W. Ross as Mr. Emory, small town judge
  • Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Emory
  • Spencer Charters as Judge at Rummage Sale
  • Martha Mears as Nightclub Singer

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remember_the_Night

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