skip navigation
Special Theme: The Irish on Film
Remind Me

Tonight's the Night

One of the masters of eccentric British comedy in the '50s was an Italian, Mario Zampi, who kept the action moving deftly in this 1954 comedy about the clash between Irish locals and the new laird of the manor (David Niven). Zampi's comedies usually veer into dark comedy, as in Your Past Is Showing (1957), about the attempts to get rid of a blackmailer, or Too Many Crooks (1959), in which a kidnapped woman turns her captors into a crackerjack criminal band to get back at her faithless husband. This time out, the locals, led by Barry Fitzgerald, decide the only way to protect their way of life is to bump off the heir apparent. At first they draw lots to choose their assassin, but when the village idiot (George Cole) wins the draw - and promptly faints - each villager concocts his or her own scheme, leading to a madcap comedy of murder. The role of the unscrupulous heir provided a rare cynical turn for romantic lead Niven. Zamip even gave him an equally venal , if luscious, leadinglady in the form of Yvonne De Carlo, as a new widow out to make him her next husband. Her beauty and the Irish countryside provide a perfect showcase for the film's Technicolor cinematography.

By Frank Miller



Also Playing on TCM

Also playing
Women of the West - 3/22 (Daytime)
9 Movies

Whether finding their own independent way or establishing a household and raising a family, these women coped with harsh living...more

TCM Shopping
  • The Quiet Man
  • Sean Thornton (John Wayne) in an American... more info
  • $17.47
  • Regularly $24.95
  • Add to cart
  • The Rising of the Moon
  • Four-time Academy Award® winner John Ford... more info
  • $15.95
  • Regularly $21.99
  • Add to cart
  • Odd Man Out (Criterion Collection)
  • Taking place largely over the course of one... more info
  • $19.47
  • Regularly $29.95
  • Add to cart
  • The Irish in Us
  • The brothers O'Hara are beat cop Pat, boxing... more info
  • $12.95
  • Regularly $19.99
  • Add to cart