Remember the Night

Remember the Night

DVD - 2009
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Classy shoplifter Lee Leander, on trial for swiping a diamond bracelet, has her case postponed by Assistant District Attorney John Sargent until after Christmas. Taking pity on her, he bails her out of jail. He's driving home to Indiana for the holidays, and when he finds Lee's a Hoosier too, offers to drop her at her mother's on the way. When she's rejected by her mother, he brings her home to his place where his mother, his aunt and their farmhand, Willie, give her a real Christmas and the love she's never had. Inevitably, Lee and John fall in love -- but there's still a trial ahead.

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jennycjennyc
Jan 21, 2017

The greatest Christmas movie ever! Preston Sturges' words, Barbara Stanwick's wit. Fred McMurray-so sexy-who knew? Warm and wise without the usual XMAS goo.

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akirakato
Apr 28, 2016

This is a 1940 American romantic comedy directed by Mitchell Leisen.
The film was written by the supposedly great comic screenwriter Preston Sturges, but I think there are several flaws in it.
First of all, how come the assistant district attorney keeps a petty shoplifter at his place when she's bailed out of jail?
I can hardly believe this.
Secondly, although this is a kind of comedy, her defense lawyer looks and acts foolishly in court like a third-rated actor.
It is a pity for the director to use such a good-for-nothing actor.
Thirdly, a petty shoplifter just doesn't fit in a posh restaurant on the Fifth Avenue when he invites for dinner.
Besides, she acts and talks like a countess---far from a petty shoplifter.
After all, the whole flick is in an unbelievable and ridiculous situation.
Even with a willing suspension of disbelief, I had to quit viewing halfway through.

tradlibn Apr 18, 2011

This was a wonderful, heart-warming movie. Barbara Stanwyck plays a shoplifter who is caught stealing an expensive bracelet. Fred MacMurray plays the assistant district attorney who is sent to prosecute her. In a tactic to take the wind out of her lawyer's sails, MacMurray moves for a recess of the trial until after Christmas. Then he feels guilty that Stanwyck will be in jail over the holidays, and arranges to get her out on bail. Then, when she has nowhere to go, she ends up spending the holidays with him and his family in Indiana and they fall in love.

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