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Remember the Night

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Screen legends Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in the heartwarming holiday classic Remember the Night (1940). Lee Leander (Stanwyck) is a petty shoplifter on trial for swiping an expensive bracelet from a local jewelry store. When her trial is postponed until after New Year's, sympathetic Assistant District Attorney John Sargent (MacMurray) bails her out of jail. Together, they find themselves falling in love when he invites her to his family's home for the holidays where she discovers the warmth and love she's never had but always wanted. Featuring a wonderful supporting cast (Beulah Bondi, Sterling Holloway and Elizabeth Patterson), stylish costumes by Edith Head, a charming script by Preston Sturges, and superb direction by Mitchell Leisen, Remember the Night (1940) is a timeless holiday favorite that can be enjoyed every season.

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  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway
  • Directors: Mitchell Leisen
  • Writers: Preston Sturges
  • Producers: Mitchell Leisen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047O2FPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on August 7, 2005
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Barbara Stanwyck never looked more feminine or gave a more luminous performance than in this touching holiday classic directed by Mitchell Leisen. A fine screenplay from the great Preston Sturges and an excellent supporting cast bolster this sentimental film into a holiday staple you'll watch every Christmas.

Fred MacMurray is Assistant District Attorney John Sargent, charged with prosecuting pretty shoplifter Lee Leander right before the holiday weekend. He uses her defense attorney to wangle a postponement so he can go home to his mom's farm just outside Wabash, Indiana for Christmas. Feeling guilty when Lee reacts badly to being locked up during the holidays, he has an old pal post bail for her.

He brings her to John's place, however, and once the suspicious Lee realizes John had no ulterior motives, Lee confesses she has no place to really go for the holidays. Startled to find her childhood home is just a few miles from Wabash, John decides he can drop her off and pick her up on his way back to New York for the trial.

Stanwyck and MacMurray were a great team, and there are some very fun moments as they keep getting lost on the backroads in Indiana, even getting arrested for trespassing at one point! But there is nothing funny about the reaction of Stanwyck's mother when she goes home after all those years, only to find bitterness and rejection. John decides to take her home for the holidays and they slowly begin to fall in love.

John's family is warm and welcoming, only his mother (Beulah Bondi) aware of Lee's situation. Elizabeth Patterson is wonderful as John's aunt, taking an immediate shine to Lee and helping her get in John's heart. It is the family Lee never had, the one thing that might have made the difference in her life.
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Julian S. Brown on June 13, 2000
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I loved this movie. That's a hard statement for a black man to make about any movie in which Snowflake has a role. Regrettably, Hollywood had few roles for blacks in the 30s and 40s and the roles it had were generally comic relief and blacks played characters typically happy, subservient and dumb. Snowflake is Fred McMurray's butler and made a few early scenes in the movie very dated. ("He's not too bright, but he makes a great sandwich"). Nevertheless, the movie has a great script and gradually builds where the viewer roots for the improbable pairing to work out. I'm surprised that I've never seen this movie on cable around Christmas because it is truly a Holiday classic.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on December 10, 2002
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"Remember The Night" is a Christmas regular in my home but really it's story could be viewed anytime of the year combining as it does equal portions of humour, family sentiment, goodwill to all men and great acting performances all nicely laced up with an important message about looking for the basic good in all people we encounter in our lives.
Produced in 1940 by Paramount Studios it was the first of two Christmas themed films that Barbara Stanwyck made in the 1940's (the other being the immortal "Christmas In Connecticut" in 1945), that have become holiday season regulars over the decades and live on in people's affections. I know the Christmas season would not be complete without these two wonderful classics as part of our Christmas viewing. Directed by the gifted Mitchell Leisen, a director who is not remembered half as much as he deserves to be, and boasting a superb screenplay by the legendary Preston Sturges, "Remember The Night" tells the spirited story of Lee Leander a street wise, fast talking shop lifter who is up on a charge for stealing from a jewelry store as the Christmas season approaches. The case is held over till the New year and rather than spend it in jail she finds herself being "rostered on" with the prosecuting attorney (Fred MacMurray )charged with convicting her till court resumes. What she gets is an unexpected invitation to spend the holidays with his family upstate where Lee gets her first real taste of a warm family life where people are nice to each other with no ulterior motives. Lee easily warms to the way of living she finds at MacMurray's farm and finds herself falling in love for the first time.
Out of such a vintage theme comes a wonderful film filled with the holiday spirit.
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97 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Riley Man on November 26, 2010
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While I'm glad this movie has finally been released on DVD (well actually it's a DVD-R), it does not include the features (Robert Osborne Introduction, Original Trailer, Publicity Stills, Scene Stills, Movie Posters, Behind the Scenes photos, Biographies) that another reviewer here has stated.

Know this before you purchase it! The missing features and the fact it is a DVD-R and not a DVD figures into my lower (1 star) review.

I'm a bit outraged that Amazon is even selling this cheaper knock-off of "Remember the Night". It is a very mis-leading product offering by Amazon in that it has the same exact DVD cover artwork as the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) - Movies Unlimited website offering - including the TCM logo! I'm surprised that TCM and Universal (these 2 companies jointly released "Remember the Night" as a DVD with the Bonus Features) would allow this lesser version to be sold by Amazon. I may in fact try and return it to Amazon.

As of this date the Movies Unlimited website version of this movie is selling for only $4 more so I would recommend you purchase it there if you care at all about having a disc that will last longer than a DVD-R (there's some question as to the longevity and durability of DVD-R's) and includes the already mentioned Bonus Features.
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