That Night with You


1h 24m 1945

Film Details

Also Known As
Once Upon a Dream
Release Date
Sep 23, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,558ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Penny Parker, a struggling singer, works as a waitress for her fiancé Johnny, the owner of a small diner. On their way to the market, she tells him about her latest dream, in which noted Broadway musical producer and playboy Paul Renaud gives her the lead in his new production. Although Johnny discounts the dream as wishful thinking, Penny sees it as a premonition. That night, Clarissa, Paul's leading lady, refuses to take the stage because he has failed to keep his promise to marry her. Sneaking backstage, Penny learns that Paul was once briefly married as a young man, so she decides to pretend to be his long-lost daughter, Penelope. Although he is not taken in by her ruse, Paul moves Penny into the apartment next door to Sheila Morgan, his personal secretary, and acts the part of an overly affectionate father. Despite his amorous advances, Penny continues to try to sell Paul her idea of a new show using modernized classical music. Later, Paul takes Penny to a party, where the guests, as a practical joke on the producer, pretend to see a strong family resemblance between the two, leading Paul to question Polly's paternity. Soon thereafter, Johnny learns where Penny is living, and rushes over to Paul's apartment and jealously punches the producer in the nose. After their tempers cool, Johnny convinces Paul to call Blossom Drake, his ex-wife, to check Penny's story. Blossom shows up that afternoon, and to the shock of all, supports Penny's story. In private, however, she tells the young girl her real motive for coming: to revitalize her own career. "Mother" and "daughter" quickly become bitter rivals for the lead in Paul's next show, going so far as to put on an exhibition of dueling sopranos in the middle of a nightclub. Despite her obvious talent, Johnny tries to convince Penny to give up her career, marry him and bear him six children. Paul and Blossom then announce that Blossom is to debut in Paul's new show, after which they will marry. They also tell their "daughter" that they have decided not to allow her to pursue a career on the stage. Blossom's plan goes asunder, however, when her husband Wilbur arrives in New York and exposes the entire deception. After he also informs Blossom that she is pregnant, the couple quickly return to their home in Los Angeles. Still feeling paternal toward Penny, Paul takes her to a remote mountain lodge in hopes of frightening her back into Johnny's arms, only to have his honorable intentions disappear during an embrace. Johnny and Sheila arrive in the nick of time, but when Penny rejects the overly possessive Johnny, the smitten Paul proposes and an angry Penny accepts. The two plan a holiday marriage, only to have six orphans arrive, via Johnny, on Christmas. The wedding is thus postponed long enough for Penny to realize her motherly instincts and return to Johnny. Penny gets the best of both worlds by starring in Paul's musical and marrying Johnny, while the producer marries Sheila and adopts a young orphan, Bingo.

Cast

Franchot Tone

Paul Renaud

Susanna Foster

Penny Parker

David Bruce

Johnny

Louise Allbritton

Sheila Morgan

Jacqueline De Wit

Blossom Drake

Irene Ryan

Prudence

Buster Keaton

Sam

Howard Freeman

Wilbur

Barbara Sears

Clarissa

Teddy Infuhr

Bingo

Anthony Caruso

Tenor

Arthur Miles

Tenor

Julian Rivero

Concertina player

Belle Mitchell

Mother

Margaret Bert

Mother

Sandra Orans

Child

Janet Ann Gallow

Child

Karolyn Grimes

Child

Jean Vanderwilt

Child

Tommy Hawkins

Child

Hank Tobias

Child

Dulce Daye

Proprietress

Virginia Engels

Proprietress

Mary Benoit

Proprietress

Elaine Kemper

Model

Doreen Mulvey

Model

Norma Creiger

Model

Jo Brandon

Model

Franzette James

Maid

Dorothy Gratz

Maid

Barbara Swanson

Maid

Mary Wolfers

Maid

Roxanne Collins

Maid

Freddie Lathrop

Maid

Barbara Haines

Maid

Ruth Houlihan

Maid

Tom Fadden

Milkman

John Kelly

Customer

Donald Kerr

Customer

Mary Forbes

Mrs. Brock

Russell Hicks

Henry Brock

Doreen Tryden

Soloist

Virginia Brissac

Mrs. Hawthorne

Syd Saylor

Taxi driver

Eddy Chandler

Doorman

Jimmy Ames

Doorman

George Leigh

Darcy

Nenette Vallon

Receptionist

Jody Gilbert

Masseuse

Elaine Lange

Girl in ticket line

Jane Weeks

Girl in ticket line

Mitchell Kowal

Man in alley

Pat Gleason

Man in alley

Ernie Adams

Man in alley

Harold Goodwin

Robertson

Dick French

Leason

Robert Dane

Kirk Patrick

Roger Neury

Headwaiter

Antonio Filauri

Fisherman

Louise Long

Italian woman

Evelynne Eaton

Barbara

Nancy Brinckman

Program peddler

Wheaton Chambers

Justice of the peace

Wilbur Mack

Logan

Don Harvey

Alexander

Polly Bailey

Large woman

Mabel Smaney

Large woman

Rose Mcquoid

Large woman

Bertha Priestley

Large woman

Myrtle Ferguson

Thin woman

Lillian West

Thin woman

Vangie Beilby

Thin woman

Edna Smith

Thin woman

Mabel Forrest

Film Details

Also Known As
Once Upon a Dream
Release Date
Sep 23, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,558ft (9 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title for this film was Once Upon a Dream. Acording to Hollywood Reporter news items, Rod Cameron and Robert Paige were originally cast in the picture. Susanna Foster left the film briefly to star in Alibi in Ermine, but was replaced on that film by Ginny Simms so that she could return to the set of That Night with You.