Remember the Night – Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

Remember the Night –
Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

rememberthenightFrom Director Mitchell Leisen comes this charming Christmas movie, Remember the Night (1940). Preston Sturges wrote the original screenplay. This film runs 94 minutes in black and white.

There is a great synopsis of this film by John Oswalt.

Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmas time. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas. Surrounded by a loving family (in stark contrast to Lee’s own family background) they fall in love. This creates a new problem: how do they handle the upcoming trial?

Remember the Night –
Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies


The Cast:of Remember the Night.

  • Barbara Stanwyck as Lee Leander [Double Indemnity, The Big Valley, Ball of Fire, Stella Dallas, Annie Oakley, Baby Face, So Big, Titanic, Executive Ssuite, Meet John Doe]
  • Fred MacMurray as John Sargent [Double Indemnity, My Three Sons, The Apartment, The Caine Mutiny, Alice Adams]
  • Beulah Bondi as Mrs. Sargent [It’s A Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Penny Serenade]
  • Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Emma
  • Willard Robertson as Francis X. O’Leary
  • Sterling Holloway as “Chilly” Willie Simms [the great voice of Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Meet John Doe and others]
  • Charles Waldron as Judge (New York)
  • Paul Guilfoyle as District Attorney, John’s boss
  • Charles Arnt as Tom
  • Fred ‘Snowflake’ Toones as Rufus, John’s servant
  • Tom Kennedy as “Fat” Mike, the bail bondsman
  • Georgia Caine as Lee’s Mother
  • John Wray as Farmer Hank
  • Thomas W. Ross as Mr. Emory, small town judge
  • Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Emory
  • Spencer Charters as Judge at Rummage Sale

Remember the Night – Chuck’s Favorite 25 Days of Christmas Movies

rememberthenight2The Soundtrack:

  • Jingle Bells (1857) (uncredited)
    Written by James Pierpont
    Played in the score at Christmas time
  • Easy Living (1937) (uncredited)
    Music and Lyrics by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
    Sung by Martha Mears at the nightclub
  • (Back Home Again in) Indiana (1917) (uncredited)
    Music by James F. Hanley Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
    Played by the band and sung by an unidentified male quartet at the nightclub
    Played also at the barn dance and often in the score
  • Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)(1851) (uncredited)
    Written by Stephen Foster Performed by Fred MacMurray (piano and vocal)
  • A Perfect Day (1910) (uncredited)
    Music and Lyrics by Carrie Jacobs Bond; Played on piano by Barbara Stanwyck and sung by Sterling Holloway, with Fred MacMurray,; Elizabeth Patterson and Beulah Bondi joining in
  • Auld Lang Syne (1788) (uncredited)
    Traditional Scottish 17th century music; Lyrics by Robert Burns
    Played at the barn dance and sung by all on New Year’s Eve
  • Lily of Laguna (uncredited) (1898)
    Music and lyrics by Leslie Stuart; Played by the band at the barn dance.

Be sure to catch Remember the Night this holiday season. You can catch it on TCM –

  • Wednesday, January 13 @ 11:45 PM (ET) Reminder REMINDER

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