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HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT
I LOVE THIS MOVIE BECAUSE SHE FINALLY FINDS HER SOUL MATE AND SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS HER INSIDE OUT AND LOVES TO DANCE WITH HER FOR HOURS AND HOURS ....THIS MOVIE IS ONE OF THE BEST ROMANTIC MOVIES EVER..THANK YOU FOR PLAYING THIS MOVIE ON TCM
- David H.
At best, "History Is Made at Night" can only be described as a fairly good movie. Its plot is so contrived that it seems to have been written out on a cocktail napkin. Only the fine performances by the lead actors keep this film from being a complete disaster. Jean Arthur gives a perfectly understated performance as a wife trying to get out of an unhappy marriage and Charles Boyer is suave and elegant as a French headwaiter who helps her. Colin Clive (Dr. Frankenstein) is also good as the domineering husband, but Hispanic Leo Carrillo is miscast as a French chef. The final shipboard sequence is a precursor of what's been copied since in a number of 'Titanic' films, but with a different resolution. Otherwise, if not for Jean Arthur at her best matched by Boyer and Clive, this film would have sunk long before the climax.
Thank you, TCM, for bringing this wonderfully romantic film to my screen! I would buy it in an instant and cherish it as one of my best new discoveries in years. It provided a wonderful and lighthearted escape from the cares of modern life. I was quickly transported to another time and place in a marvelous way and I now greatly long to share my new-found treasure with those whom I love
I saw this movie on TCM on Demand and I loved it. I cried like a baby only to smile when I realized the boat would not go down taking the couple with it. This movie touched me so much. To think that a husband would be so insane that he would take the lives of over 3,000 just to get back at his wife is just mind blowing. Jean Arthur and Charles Boyer were great but that husband blew me over. Great acting!! Also loved the Head Chef who was willing to take the blame for his friend. Could look at this movie all day. Please put this on DVD!!
- Nancy Dennis
Thanks TCM for showing this! Jean Arthur and Charles Boyer were wonderful, especially Arthur in a non-screwball role. The plot twists within twists within twists became far-fetched yet predictable. But who cares? A great discovery.
Not bad at all.
I just saw this last nite but missed the first few minutes. This is the 3rd or so Charles Boyer movie I've seen now and he's got my attention. I can see why he was such a heartthrob. While this movie did have some corny moments both he and Jean Arthur...especially her charming...swooning over him moments...were just wonderful. What is it about an accent, the dark eyes and hair, perfectly charming manners and yet that hint of danger...works every time! I was so happy the ship didn't sink!
Excellent tale of romance and true love. Jean Arthur is literally married to Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive, the actor who played "Dr. Frankenstein" in the monster movie of the same name). Clive plays a very wealthy jealous husband who smothers Arthur. Arthur decides to divorce him, but in an effort to stop her, Clive contrives a scheme to set her up for appearing unfaithful with her chauffeur. Boyer, a headwaiter at a tony Parisian restaurant, takes a very drunk wealthy customer back to his hotel and happens to pass by Arthur's hotel room while she is struggling with the chauffeur. Boyer intervenes and when Clive and a private detective enter the room to witness her "adultery" with the chauffeur, Boyer impersonates a robber and hits the chauffeur on the head, accidentally killing him. He locks Clive and the detective in a closet and pretends to kidnap Arthur. The two fall in love, but Boyer is now wanted for murder. Clive blackmails Arthur into returning to him as his wife by threatening to expose Boyer. She agrees, but then changes her mind. Clive sets up an innocent man as the alleged murderer. Boyer does the right thing and confesses to hitting the chauffeur on the head. While he and Arthur are returning to face the authorities, the ship they are sailing on, owned by Clive who ordered the captain to attempt to set a speed record despite dangerous conditions, hits an iceberg. Despite serious damage to the ship, named for Arthur's character, Boyer and Arthur are saved. All the actors did a fine job.
History is made at Night
Loved this film! Saw it for the first time last night and couldn't stop watching it. Very well done by all the cast and very entertaining. I want this on dvd for my collection. Boyer was superb and so was Jean Arthur. Colin CLive plays a good bad guy as usual. Leo Carrillo was also excellent. Please put this on dvd! I could watch this again and again.
What a piece of schmaltz! There are a lot better ways to spend two hours of your time than watching this terrible film! You know from the outset what is going to happen and it is so formulaic that it's sickening. Colin Clive is the only saving grace, as his jealous rage is palpable. As for the rest of the actors, I am shocked the very talented Jena Arthur even agreed to be in this thing!
HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT INTRODUCES "NEW STAR"
- joseph molinari
"HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT" CONTAINS THE FIRST PIECE OF FILM INTRODUCING TIM HOLT... THE NINETEEN YEAR OLD MR HOLT APPEARS AS THE SHIPS S.O.S. OPERATOR. MR HOLT WENT ON TO DO WESTERNS AT RKO FOR 13 YEARS MINUS SEVERAL YEARS DURING WW2 AS AIR FORCE BOMBARDIER...IN ADDITION TO WESTERNS MR HOLT TURNED IN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES IN STAGECOACH, MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, AND TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE TO NAME A FEW. HOWEVER MR HOLT WAS NOT INTERESTED IN "MAIN STREAM FILMS? AND PREFERRED WESTERNS.
HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT INTRODUCES "NEW STAR"
- joseph molinari
POSSIBLY I AM ONE OF THE FEW WHO KNOW "HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT" CONTAINS THE FIRST PIECE OF FILM INTRODUCING TIM HOLT... THE NINETEEN YEAR OLD MR HOLT APPEARS AS THE SHIPS S.O.S. OPERATOR. MR HOLT WENT ON TO DO A WESTERNS AT RKO FOR 13 YEARS MINUS SEVERAL YEARS DURING WW2 AS AIR FORCE BOMBARDIER...IN ADDITION TO WESTERNS MR HOLT TURNED IN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES FOR STAGECOACH, MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, AND TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE TO NAME A FEW.
Boyer at his best
- Richard Lavin
When you think of it, Charles Boyer was an unlikely movie star. He wasn't the least bit rugged and I can't recall him ever throwing a punch. Furthermore, most leading men with heavy accents didn't do well in Hollywood in that era unless they were British. But Boyer had a unique blend of elegance, charm and, most important, vulnerability, and this film puts it all on display. "History is Made at Night" is like no other movie and there are scenes of him in the restaurant that I can't watch often enough. The Colin Clive parts are heavy handed, but forgivable since they don't destroy the fantasy. Oh, and one final note about that accent. Pairing his limpid baritone with Jean Arthur's chirp was pure genius.
One of the best melodramas. Colin Clive is at his best as the insanely jealous shipping magnate.