Tonight And Every Night

  • 1945
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Inventively staged and masterfully choreographed, but presenting unconventional romantic relationships and a downbeat ending, Victor Saville's TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT was a departure from standard wartime movie musical fare. Based loosely on "Heart of the City," Lesley Storm's play about the Windmill Theatre's historic refusal to allow the Blitz on London...read more

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Inventively staged and masterfully choreographed, but presenting unconventional romantic relationships and a downbeat ending, Victor Saville's TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT was a departure from standard wartime movie musical fare. Based loosely on "Heart of the City," Lesley Storm's play about

the Windmill Theatre's historic refusal to allow the Blitz on London to interrupt the staging of its productions, the film begins with the recollections of the ancient stage manager of the Music Box Theatre, and we are taken in flashback to WW II. Roz Bruce (Rita Hayworth), Judy Kane (Janet

Blair), and Tommy Lawson (Marc Platt) are dancers in the musical revue that hits the Music Box stage every night despite the falling bombs, to the delight of the servicemen who fill the theater. RAF pilot Paul Lundy (Lee Bowman), is powerfully attracted to Roz. While her affair with Paul heats up,

Judy and Tommy fall deeply in love, with great production numbers complementing the romantic goings-on. Fate intrudes cruelly on the lovers' happiness, however, as Judy and Tommy are killed in the bombing. Paul and Roz then separate without making any heavy commitments, which by 1945 Hollywood

standards was a little too like free love, and, prompted by fears of censorship, Columbia added the character of Paul's father (Philip Merivale), a minister, who lends moral legitimacy to his son's relationship. TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT is best recalled for the creativity of the productions, most

notably the one in which Judy (and later Roz) performs in front of a black-and-white newsreel projected on the theater's screen, then summons the on-screen performers to the stage and performs "live" with them, predating Woody Allen's similar trick in THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. Jule Styne and Sammy

Cahn's songs are pleasant enough but unexceptional, save the Oscar-nominated "Anywhere," but Morris Stoloff and Marlin's scoring is more impressive and was nominated for an Academy Award. Songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn include "Cry and You Cry Alone" (sung by Hayworth, Platt), "What Does an

English Girl Think of a Yank?" (Hayworth), "Anywhere" (Blair), "The Boy I Left Behind" (Blair, Hayworth), "You Excite Me" (Hayworth), "Tonight And Every Night" (Hayworth, Blair).

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