Remember the Night
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A romantic comedy drama directed by former art director Mitchell Leisen and based on a skillful Preston Sturges screenplay. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Lee Leander, a New York City shoplifter who is arrested just before Christmas after trying to filch an expensive piece of jewelry. Her trial delayed until after the holiday, Lee comes to the attention of an assistant district attorney, John Sargent (Fred MacMurray). Although he will be expected to prosecute Lee in a few days, John takes pity on the prisoner, who is from his home state of Indiana. He arranges for her to be released for the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stanwyck turns in a fine performance. MacMurray is impressive as the serious-minded prosecutor, but loosens up for the comedy stretches."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The loose, graceful script is by Preston Sturges (one of his last before he turned to directing), and it partakes of a softness and nostalgia that seldom surfaced in his own films."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"You'd have to be a grump not to like this funny, sentimental blend of pathos, drama and zaniness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Perhaps this is a bit too early in the season to be talking of the best pictures of 1940; it is not too early to say that Paramount's nomination is worth considering."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"An astonishing, moving film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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