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Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Night To Remember (1942)

A writer (Brian Aherne) of murder mysteries and his wife (Loretta Young) move into a Greenwich Village basement apartment. When the naked dead body of a man (Cy Kendall) the writer got into a fight with the night before is found in their garden, he becomes a suspect and decides to solve the murder himself. I have a soft spot for murder mystery comedies (the marvelous FOUL PLAY is a perfect example) and while this one gets a trifle silly at times and its plot unnecessarily complicated, it's enjoyable in an unassuming way if you don't make any demands on it. Loretta Young goes a little too girlish in her attempt as a screwball comedienne but Jean Arthur, she's not. Aherne is better at striking the right tone but it's the wonderful supporting cast that props the picture up: Gale Sondergaard, Sidney Toler, Donald MacBride, Lee Patrick, Jeff Donnell, Blanche Yurka and Richard Gaines. Directed by Richard Wallace (SINBAD THE SAILOR).

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