Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Night to Remember (1943)

No, this is not the early Titanic movie. :-) Nancy Troy (Loretta Young) rents a basement Greenwich Village apartment so her husband Jeff (Brian Aherne) can soak up the ambiance of the area and switch from murder-mystery novels to some kind of a novel with romance set in Greenwich Village. Of course, nothing goes as planned and they suddenly find themselves in a building with a bunch of odd-acting tenants and a stiff in the garden. Soon Jeff decides he will solve the murder so he will finally be able to write an authentic, best-selling murder mystery novel.

Something comes between Loretta Young and Brian Aherne

I watched this one and immediately thought it was a decently cute knock-off of "The Thin Man". They aren't as sophisticated as Nick and Nora, Asta has suddenly turned into a giant turtle and the goings ons are supposed to be a bit more eerie and ends up being more silly, but there are still flavors of a poor man's "Thin Man" in there.

I will be the first to admit that this comes off as a rather silly little movie, but I didn't mind really. I never feel that I have to watch something that should be a contender for the greatest films of all time when I sit down to enjoy a movie. All that matters is that it entertains me and this one did, even if it really wasn't very good. Loretta is so adorable to watch and how many films feature a turtle? Seriously?

I recommend this one as long as you are in for a silly little comedy and keep your expectations low. It is cute, fun and a good way to spend an hour and a half.


kda0121 said...

I like these kinds of mystery comedies and this was no different. I thought Loretta was a bit over the top at times, but I really like Brian Aherne and wish he would've made more pictures.

Jennythenipper said...

I'm still kicking myself that I forgot to tape this! I sent myself about twenty reminders and I still forgot!

AbbyNormal said...

Karl - I agree, the mystery comedies are quite a bit of fun.

Jenny - I have good news for you. This movie was just released today as part of an early screwball set. It is avail on Netflix now so you can check it out if you want.