This Could Be the Night
This Could be the Night

Wise saw potential in the story of a prim New England schoolteacher who
Jean Simmons, Murvyn Vye and Anthony Franciosa

Jean Simmons, Murvyn Vye and Anthony Franciosa

gets a job at a nightclub. However, he didn't want to make the film if it wasn't going to get the publicity backing from MGM.

When the film came out, a critic from the New York Times wrote: "A little MGM picture stole quietly into Loews State Theater yesterday and may turn out to be the sleeper of the season."*

The words "stole quietly" were irksome to Wise, and proved that MGM did not heavily promote the film. As a result, he agreed to do only one more film with MGM (THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT came out while UNTIL THEY SAIL was filming), THE HAUNTING (1963).


Synopsis School teacher Anne Leeds gets a part-time job as a secretary in a night club owned by ex-bootlegger and horse player Rocco, and his partner, Tony Armotti. The latter, unused to pure women, is hostile to her until Rocco insists that she remain. She pulls a blooper the first night and Tony fires her. Rocco insists he go to her, apologize, and make sure that she returns. She does and after a brief period makes herself the most useful and popular member of the club. She helps busboy Hussein Mohammed pass his algebra examination, dancer Patsy St. Clair to get a stove to cook on, Rocco with his clothes and food—but she can't win over Tony, who prefers his women on a love 'em and leave 'em basis. This riles her, and she visits Tony in his apartment over the club. There they find that they love each other, but he insists she leave. Rocco spots them and has a fight with Tony. Anne leaves and gets a job with a rival club run by an ex-convict who has a gambling room. Tony gets her out as police raid the place, and he insists that she return where she and he can be close to each other all the time.

From The Motion Picture Exhibitor, April 17, 1957.

Wise Facts
  • Duke Ellington co-penned one of the songs in this film, "I've Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good)."
  • Credits:103 min. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer;  Directed by: Robert Wise;  Produced by: Joe Pasternak;  Screenplay by: Isobel Lennart;  Edited by: George Boemler;  Director of Photography: Russell Harlan;  Music by: Nicholas Brodszky;  Production Design by: William A. Horning;  Make-up by: William Tuttle;  Hair by: Sydney Guilaroff; 
    Jean Simmons Cast  Jean Simmons (Anne Leeds), Paul Douglas (Rocco), Anthony Franciosa (Tony Armotti), Julie Wilson (Ivy Corlane), Joan Blondell (Crystal), Neile Adams (Patsy St. Clair). T. Carrol Naish (Leon) Rafael Campos (Hussein Mohammed), ZaSu Pitts (Mrs. Shea), Tom Helmore (Stowe Devlin), Murvyn Vye (Waxie London), Vaughn Taylor (Ziggy Dawlt), Frank Ferguson (Mr. Shea), William Ogden Joyce (Bruce Cameron), James Todd (Mr. Hallerby), John Harding (Eduardo), Percy Helton (Charlie), Richard Collier (Homer), Edna Holland (Teacher), Betty Uitti (Sexy Girl), Lew Smith (Waiter), June Blair (Chorus Girl), Charles Wagenheim (Mike, the Bartender), Sid Kane, E. Molinari, and Bruno Della Santina (Waiters), Francesca Belloni (Flashy Woman), Paul Peterson (Joey), Gloria Pall (New Girl), Harry Hines, Gregg Martell, and Matty Fain (Mug Guests), Ray Walker (M.C.), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Gretchma), Billy McLean (Man Contestant), Tim Graham (Official), Leonard Strong (Mr. Bernbaum), Len Lesser (Piano Tuner), the Archie Savage Trio, Ray Anthony and His Orchestra.

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    1. Robert Wise On His Films, p. 141

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