History Is Made at Night

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  • NR
  • 1937
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 7.3  (2,263)

History Is Made at Night is a classic romance film from 1937, starring Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur, and Leo Carrillo. The movie follows the storyline of an unhappily married woman, Irene Vail (Jean Arthur), who falls in love with a charming and dashing French headwaiter, Paul Dumond (Charles Boyer). The two are brought together when Irene's abusive, millionaire husband, Bruce Vail (Colin Clive), threatens to kill her.

In an attempt to escape her husband, Irene decides to spend a night on the town with Paul. However, their plans are interrupted when Bruce shows up at the restaurant where they are dining. In a desperate bid to get Irene away from him, Paul stages a fake shipwreck and convinces Irene to flee with him to New York on a steamer. Meanwhile, Bruce hires a detective to track Irene down and bring her back to him.

The romantic chemistry between Irene and Paul is electric, as they fall deeply in love during their voyage. But the perfect romance is soon threatened when Irene realizes that she cannot escape her past. She decides to return to Bruce in order to protect her father, who is in his employ, and to ensure that he won't murder him. But when Bruce discovers that Irene was with Paul, a dramatic confrontation ensues, putting all their lives in danger.

Throughout the movie, the story is expertly woven with elements of suspense and romance, building tension as the characters struggle to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. The cinematography is also outstanding, with striking, atmospheric shots of the ocean and New York City. The musical score is also noteworthy, adding to the overall mood of the story with its sweeping, evocative melodies.

The central performances are excellent, with Charles Boyer perfectly embodying the handsome, suave Paul Dumond, and Jean Arthur delivering a standout performance as Irene Vail, the conflicted heroine caught between love and duty. Leo Carrillo as Cesare, Paul's loyal and quick-thinking friend, adds a touch of humor to the story with his comical antics and witty one-liners.

Overall, History Is Made at Night is a captivating and emotionally affecting film that stands the test of time. It is a classic romance that has all the essential ingredients: passion, intrigue, and suspense, all wrapped up in a visually stunning package. It is a must-see for anyone who appreciates vintage cinema, and a testament to the enduring appeal of classic Hollywood storytelling.

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    7.3  (2,263)