Remember the Night (1940); Hands Across the Table (1935)

Remember the Night (1940)
December 14, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Remember the Night (1940)

"It is a memorable film, in title and in quality, blessed with an honest script, good direction and sound performances...a drama stated in the simplest human terms of comedy and sentiment, tenderness and generosity... warm, pleasant and unusually entertaining." - New York Times

A kind-hearted attorney (MacMurray) takes pity on the shoplifter (Stanwyck) he’s prosecuting and brings her home for the holidays, where his family mistakes her for his fiancée. Remember the Night segues from courtroom drama, to road movie, to small-town romance as MacMurray and Stanwyck negotiate an evolving relationship and conflicting identities as lovers on opposite sides of the law.

Paramount Pictures, Inc. Producer: Mitchell Meisen. Screenwriter: Preston Sturges. Cinematographer: Ted Tetzlaff. Editor: Doane Harrison. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway.

35mm, b/w, 94 min. 

Hands Across the Table (1935)

"An uproariously funny romantic comedy, with a brilliant screen play..." - The New York Times

Directed by Mitchell Leisen

Hands Across the Table set the template for a number of Leisen romantic comedies to come: An independent woman falls, despite all her best intentions, for a guy with no discernable skills or abilities beyond his easy charm. Here, Lombard’s manicurist mistakes MacMurray’s wisecracking batchelor for a man of means. Intended as a B-picture, Leisen built the material up and, in the process, made MacMurray a star.

Paramount Pictures, Inc. Producer: E. Lloyd Sheldon. Screenwriter: Norman Krasna, Vincent Lawrence, Herbert Fields. Cinematographer: Ted Tetzlaff. Editor: William Shea. Cast: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Astrid Allwyn, Ruth Donnelly.

35mm, b/w, 80 min.