Night and Day 1946 NR CC

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Cary Grant stars in the Michael Curtiz-directed fictionalized biography of Cole Porter, the great American popular songwriter who wrote "You're the Top," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Begin the Beguine," and "Night and Day."

Starring:
Cary Grant, Alexis Smith
Runtime:
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Night and Day

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Musical
Director Michael Curtiz
Starring Cary Grant, Alexis Smith
Supporting actors Monty Woolley, Ginny Simms, Jane Wyman, Eve Arden, Victor Francen, Alan Hale, Dorothy Malone, Tom D'Andrea, Selena Royle, Donald Woods, Henry Stephenson, Paul Cavanagh, Sig Ruman, Carlos Ramírez, Milada Mladova, George Zoritch, Adam Di Gatano, Jane Di Gatano
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

The cast is great and the music is great.
poochie
Others have addressed the travesty this movie makes of Cole Porter's life, so I will not rehash.
I. Martinez-Ybor
I love old movies and ones with Cary Grant especially!
Sandra L. Hubert

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2004
Format: DVD
One of Broadway's most brilliant songwriters, Cole Porter (1891-1964) worked hard to present an unflappable image to the world--but in truth he was a tremendously complex man, a homosexual who lived with wife Linda Lee Thomas in a marriage of convenience, subject fits of depression, and suffering horrific pain in the wake of a horseback riding accident which left him crippled at the peak of his career. Add to this the fact that his lyrics were often censored for film, radio, and records and it seems very odd that 1940s Hollywood would attempt a biography.

What they did, of course, was fictionalize it to the max, reducing the story of his life to a mix of backstage musical and domestic drama--and transforming the tiny and waspish Porter and his icy bride Linda into handsome Cary Grant and lovely Alexis Smith. The result is pure nonsense, of course, but when you tack in a host of Porter classics--fantasy it might be, but it is entertaining enough to watch.

Grant is no singer, but he has considerable charm, and Smith is as always extremely attractive. The supporting cast is remarkably strong, featuring the likes of Jane Wyman, Eve Arden, Dorothy Malone, and Alan Hale--and rare screen appearances by Monty Woolley and Mary Martin, who deliver knockout performances of "Miss Otis Regrets" and "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" respectively. The DVD transfer is reasonable, and although the bonuses are pure fluff they are amusing. While it may be short on fact with a story little more than pure melodrama, the music and performers make NIGHT AND DAY a reasonably pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2004
Format: DVD
"Night & Day" is a wonderful musical, a beautiful film displaying Cary Grant's talents, and it has that 'never-to-be-realized-again' Technicolor to its sets that offers that imaginary world so many films offered in the 50s, (although this particular film is from '46).

If the viewer is looking for historical accuracy, it is best to look elsewhere. There is a loose framework of historical accuracy here, but only a skeleton. Porter actually did go to Yale, but only for undergrad. He actually went to Harvard for law school. As far as I know, he was never actually in World War I, although he was in Europe during the war. In addition, the love story is completely and utterly fabricated, although it is "cute" and a nice sub-plot to the film.

The real driving force of the film is definitely the sets, the music, and Grant himself. This is definitely an entertaining fantasy, and I highly recommend it for film buffs, especially those that love Cary Grant.

The new DVD is nicely put together, and it includes a series of Cole Porter trailers, a Dezi Arnez music number, a musical short, and even a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elaine J. Campbell on November 1, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Story of the adult life of Cole Porter, through his accident on a horse and recouperation.
Regarding him and his spouse, what were these two people really like, and their marriage? We'll never know from this movie, which portrays them in a one-dimensional, saccharin mode.
Grant tries to rise above the script and almost does. Alexis Smith simply sinks.
The film's saving grace is the fabulous music. The production numbers are more than gratifying, Ginny Simms and Jane Wyman being the main performers.
But remember Mary Martin, the gem of our American theatre? She steals the whole film with only scene wherein she belts out "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" to remind us how thrilling and awesome her talent really was. Worth the film just to see this!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By movielover from PA on January 21, 2011
Format: DVD
Those reviewers who warn and complain about the highly fictionalized version of Cole Porter's life in this movie are absolutely correct, but that is one of the central points of the movie. For a more complete portrait of one of America's greatest composers, I urge you to see another magnificent, but terribly under-appreciated film on the dual nature of Porter's life and music--"De Lovely." Both Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd do a wonderful job of portraying the complicated nature of Porter and his relationship with his wife, Linda Lee Thomas, as well as the importance of their relationship for the evolution of Porter's wonderful music. The movie is even more fun because the musical score is sung by a Hall of Fame pop musical and Broadway theater cast dressed in period costumes and making all of Porter's greatest songs come to life. The combination of both "De Lovely" and "Night and Day" will make clear all of the different aspects of Porter's life and highlight the changes over the years in Hollywood's biographical portrayals
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Night and Day is probably the worst of the reverential "biographies" of America's great theater composers which Hollywood cranked out in the Forties. Rodgers & Hart, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Sigmund Romberg, the list goes on, were all smoothed out, glossed over, given awful dialogue and had to see their songs so over-produced at times it must have seemed that they were hearing the heavenly choir.

Night and Day gives us a number of Cole Porter songs polished and massaged with the lush sound stage treatment. The movie also gives the songs pretentious orchestrations so foreign to Porter's style, plus bowdlerized and rewritten lyrics to insure little of Porter's naughtiness would survive to possibly offend middle America.

Most surrealistically, we have Cary Grant as Cole Porter...and that is the kind of casting that makes the Hollywood studio system so wonderful to read about. In addition to being one of the great theater composers, Porter was short, enthusiastically gay, a bit pop-eyed and a terrible social snob. On the other hand, he was supposed to have had a great sense of humor, and reportedly was highly amused when Cary Grant was chosen to portray him. (Another odd bit of Hollywood casting was choosing Mickey Rooney to play Lorenz Hart in Words and Music.)

One or two good biographies have been written about Porter. As a film biography, though, Night and Day is largely a work of hack Hollywood fiction. But don't we at least get a bunch of his songs? Sadly, the songs have been so over-produced, treated so respectfully and have been so sanitized, that watching the numbers often is just downright irritating.
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