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  • Actors: Brian Aherne, Loretta Young, Jeff Donnell, William Wright
  • Directors: Richard Wallace
  • Producers: Samuel Bischoff
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BMEF7ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A mystery writer and his wife have a real-life mystery to solve when a dead body is found in the courtyard of their new apartment.

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The man runs off but drops knife.
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I love movies from the '30s and '40s, and this is an enjoyable comedy spoof of the screwball comedy genre.
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Just to be clear, no magnificent British ocean liner sinks in this one. Not to be confused with 1958's A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, this same-titled film came out in 1942 from Columbia Pictures and is tailored around the screwball mystery genre. And we shouldn't leave Kelley Roos out in the cold. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER adapts Kelley Roos's story which was originally published under the title "Body in the Garden" in American Magazine (Aug 1942).

Somewhere in Greenwich Village a taxi rolls up to No. 13 Gay Street - which, by the way, was to have been the film's original title - and spills out Nancy and Jeff Troy (Loretta Young & Brian Aherne). They're a week early but determined to move into the building's basement apartment. The dour super protests some, but the Troys are adamant. It's not too long before they're exposed to their new home's spooky ambiance. There's no electricity yet and the housekeeper wails about something creepy crawling over her feet. The Troys are bedeviled by creaky noises and by inanimate objects independently moving about. Also, the building seems to be populated with nothing but nervous tenants.

Jeff Troy is a writer of murder mysteries, and if you think he feels at home here, you're not right. Jeff is clever and witty but he's the timid sort, a lover more than a fighter. There's a running gag which involves his inability to negotiate a door that keeps getting stuck but that everyone else can open. The primary strength of the film is the chemistry between Aherne and Young. I love their rapid-fire banter, the way they good-naturedly make fun of each other.

Of the Troys, one shady character remarks: "They appear to be a nice, quiet couple, not the prying type at all." Him what said that couldn't have been more wrong.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on April 11, 2005
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This amusing murder mystery has its own special charm and the stars are fun to watch in this little known gem. Loretta Young is lovely beyond words and Brian Aherne very likable as Mr. and Mrs. Troy. All the elements were here for a series had this been made by any studio other than Columbia.

Jeff and Nancy are moving into a quaint basement apartment in Greenwich Village so Nancy can get mystery writer Jeff working on a romance novel and far away from murder. From the moment they arrive, however, it is clear something is a little off-kilter. All the other residents act a little strange when they discover the couple is moving into apartment thirteen, even Nancy's friend Ann.

There is a fun and enjoyable husband and wife feel to the way Jeff and Nancy interact and his false bravado is put to the test when Nancy overhears a phone call at a restaurant arranging a meeting in their apartment. They rush home to find out what's going on but it isn't until morning the body is discovered and the fun begins.

Sidney Tolar of Charlie Chan fame is Inspecter Hawkins and some of the best moments in the film are between him and Jeff. Hawkins has read one of Jeff's books and thinks it knits--spell it backwards! A door everyone but Jeff can open and a turtle from an old speakeasy add some humor as Jeff sort of stumbles around trying to solve the mystery.

Young gets to wear some beautiful dresses and is quite the wife we'd all like to have in director Richard Wallace's forgotten little treasure. This is another great rainy night film you'll have a lot of fun watching. It grows more endearing as the story progresses and by the end you'll be wishing there had been a few more of these that followed. You'll just have to enjoy this one, and you will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drkhimxz on November 5, 2012
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Despite the efforts of a Great Star in her day and a very good actor, this is not a superior film. However, if you forget comparisons and what might have beens, it can be entertaining and just plain fun. Essentially, it is a B film with A stars in it. I have liked it ever since it came out during WW2 and i continue to like it each time I have watched it since. If the author of the original book on which the movie is based, Kelly Roos (Audrey Kelley and William Roos) is not known to you, it may dampen somewhat the pleasure, but, still, that is not germane to the film. On due deliberation, I have concluded that it is Loretta Young who makes it work and it is Ms. Young who should get credit for any pleasure you derive from it. You should enjoy her performance. If you accept that Brian Aherne, playing her husband, is supposed to be maladroit and self-deceiving, he will be appealing in a silly sort of way.
Well, I cannot explain exactly why I like it---but I do. Give it a chance; you too might get a laugh or, at least, a smile from it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Post Scriptum on August 20, 2000
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As long as you do not expect something as bright and sophisticated as The Thin Man,this should entertain.A mystery writer (Aherne) and his wife (Young) find themselves involved in a real-life murder mystery.Although Aherne and Young never work as well together as William Powell and Myrna Loy,they still gel fairly well,and the script contains enough sharp lines to make this a consistently amusing and amiable little movie.
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Somewhere between the murder and mayhem of "The Thin Man" and the screwbally Greenwich Village element of "My Sister Eileen" sits 1942's A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. True, Loretta Young and Brian Aherne will never give Nick and Nora Charles any sleepless nights, but this is a fun spin on the usual screwball comedy.

Nancy Troy (Loretta Young) has found the ideal location for her husband, author Jeff (Brian Aherne), to develop a flavour for his latest book - a basement apartment in a Greenwich Village block that appears to have also been the location for a grisly murder, a former speakeasy, and goodness knows what else! As the apartment seems to be a magnet for police, detectives, dead bodies, and shady types of all descriptions, Nancy and Jeff decide to turn amateur sleuths in a bid to uncover the truth.

This could have easily expanded into a solid "Nick & Nora"-esque franchise, had Columbia so wanted it (but I doubt Ms Young would have desired to become a "B" heroine in such a series). On it's own, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER holds a unique position in the screwball comedy pantheon. Young and Aherne work very nicely together, trading wisecracks and pratfalling with the best of them. Jeff Donnell, Lee Patrick, Gale Sondergaard, Sidney Toler and William Wright co-star. Now available on DVD in Sony's Icons of Screwball Comedy, Vol. 2 (Theodora Goes Wild / Together Again / A Night to Remember / The Doctor Takes a Wife).
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