Here are 10 things you should know about Anne Shirley, born 103 years ago today. She made more than 65 movies before retiring at age 26.
Here are 10 things you should know about George Brent, born 117 years ago today. It’s remarkable how many of the most iconic actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood he worked with.
Here are 10 things you should know about actress Theresa Harris, born 112 (some sources say 109) years ago today. Harris could sing, dance and act and was obviously beautiful, but was extremely restricted in the roles she was allowed to play. The loss was ours every bit as much as hers.
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If you think you’ve seen every classic Christmas picture (and most of them one too many times, at that), you’ll be pleasantly surprised, we hope, to learn of one that’s flown under the radar of many a classic movie buff.
Remember the Night (1940) was the last movie Preston Sturges wrote before moving into the director’s chair with The Great McGinty (1940). Mitchell Leisen directs here, and though Sturges was said to have been disappointed with Leisen’s efforts, it’s hard to imagine why. It’s a terrific picture, one that should be every bit the holiday favorite that pictures such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, The Shop Around the Corner, and others have become.
Remember the Night features Fred MacMurray as an ambitious assistant D.A. in NYC who finds himself with shoplifter Barbara Stanwyck on his hands because he has asked for a delay in her trial, so as to avoid the jury feeling any holiday-inspired sympathy for her.
It soon comes out that both the D.A. and the dame are Hoosiers, so she accompanies him on a road trip to visit their respective families. Stanwyck’s brief visit with her mother doesn’t go so well, though, so she sticks with MacMurray, whereupon romance and laughs ensue.
Remember the Night is plenty sentimental enough to qualify as a holiday classic, but like It’s a Wonderful Life, it’s got a dark side, too, delivered with gimlet-eyed bite.
It’s a favorite of ours, a picture that deserves much greater fame and acclaim that it has been afforded. Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Universal to offer it on DVD, but if you’d like to try before you buy, it’s airing on TCM tonight (Dec. 18, 2020) at 8:00 p.m. ET. Set your DVR now and give it a look; you won’t regret it.
This post was first published in slightly different form on December 6, 2013.