Remember the Night
Remember the Night (1940)

With a deft blending of humor, sentimentality and romance, this Preston Sturges-penned comedy centers on the romance between a caring attorney and the shoplifter he must prosecute. The whole situation begins near Christmas time when the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 19, 1940
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2012
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Variety Staff

Stanwyck turns in a fine performance. MacMurray is impressive as the serious-minded prosecutor, but loosens up for the comedy stretches.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An astonishing, moving film.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

Mixing comedy, romance, and a touch of dark melodrama, it offers a touching and believable story of redemption.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

You'd have to be a grump not to like this funny, sentimental blend of pathos, drama and zaniness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
four years before double indemnity, stanwyck and macmurray made this very different film together. the plot may be a little far fetched but sturges'… More
Michael Gildea
Remember the Night is a good but not great movie. The Preston Sturges-scripted story starts off with his signature madcap qualities but director Mitchell Leisen… More
jay nixon
The leads elevate a decent script to a superior level.