Give Us This Night (1936)

68, 70 or 73 mins | Musical, Comedy-drama | 8 March 1936

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HISTORY

Portions of this film were shot on location at Three Arch Bay, near Laguna, CA. SAB records at the AMPAS Library include a memorandum dated 7 Jan 1936 in which Oscar Hammerstein II and Edwin Justus Mayer are both credited with the screenplay. By 10 Jan 1936, Hammerstein's name is omitted and Lynn Starling is credited with Mayer. HR announced on 17 Jul 1936 that songs from this film were recorded in five languages for international ... More Less

Portions of this film were shot on location at Three Arch Bay, near Laguna, CA. SAB records at the AMPAS Library include a memorandum dated 7 Jan 1936 in which Oscar Hammerstein II and Edwin Justus Mayer are both credited with the screenplay. By 10 Jan 1936, Hammerstein's name is omitted and Lynn Starling is credited with Mayer. HR announced on 17 Jul 1936 that songs from this film were recorded in five languages for international showings. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Oct 35
p. 11.
Daily Variety
27 Feb 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Apr 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Feb 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
28 Feb 36
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Mar 36
p. 46, 50
New York Times
6 Apr 36
p. 18.
Variety
8 Apr 36
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr on spec seq
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"I Mean to Say I Love You," "Fisherman Song," "Music in the Night, and Laughter in the Air," "My Love and I," "Sorrento Song" and "Sweet Melody of Night," words by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
"Give Us This Night," words by Tot Seymour, music by Vee Lawnhurst.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 March 1936
Production Date:
began 22 October 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 March 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6204
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68, 70 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1896
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While Italian tenor Forcellini is pelted with eggs during his performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore , fisherman Antonio Belizza delights the townspeople with his own, beautiful, tenor voice. Later, Maestro Marcello Bonetti rehearses his new opera with his ward, singer Maria Severelli, and Forcellini, but she refuses to sing with Forcellini when he butchers Marcello's music. Meanwhile, Antonio, who slept in a church to avoid the police after starting a riot at the opera, is caught, but when a crowd asks him to sing Verdi for them, he performs an aria, then slips away to a mass and again eludes the police. At mass, Maria and Antonio hear each other sing, and she falls in love with his voice. Because it is forbidden for a woman to talk to a man in church, Antonio must leave the church to meet Maria and is arrested. In jail, Antonio auditions for Marcello, who offers him 2,000 lire a week to sing the lead in his opera of Romeo and Juliet in Naples. After Antonio's mama, however, forbids her son to leave, he learns that his father became a famous tenor and deserted his mother. Antonio leaves for Naples, and his mama disowns him. In Naples, Marcello helps Antonio improve his voice and teaches him to act. When Maria and Antonio rehearse a balcony love scene, Antonio gives her an unscripted kiss and ashamed of his bad acting, threatens to walk out on the show. Maria convinces him to stay, and later, he asks her if she sometimes gets confused on stage about being Maria or Juliet. She tells him ... +


While Italian tenor Forcellini is pelted with eggs during his performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore , fisherman Antonio Belizza delights the townspeople with his own, beautiful, tenor voice. Later, Maestro Marcello Bonetti rehearses his new opera with his ward, singer Maria Severelli, and Forcellini, but she refuses to sing with Forcellini when he butchers Marcello's music. Meanwhile, Antonio, who slept in a church to avoid the police after starting a riot at the opera, is caught, but when a crowd asks him to sing Verdi for them, he performs an aria, then slips away to a mass and again eludes the police. At mass, Maria and Antonio hear each other sing, and she falls in love with his voice. Because it is forbidden for a woman to talk to a man in church, Antonio must leave the church to meet Maria and is arrested. In jail, Antonio auditions for Marcello, who offers him 2,000 lire a week to sing the lead in his opera of Romeo and Juliet in Naples. After Antonio's mama, however, forbids her son to leave, he learns that his father became a famous tenor and deserted his mother. Antonio leaves for Naples, and his mama disowns him. In Naples, Marcello helps Antonio improve his voice and teaches him to act. When Maria and Antonio rehearse a balcony love scene, Antonio gives her an unscripted kiss and ashamed of his bad acting, threatens to walk out on the show. Maria convinces him to stay, and later, he asks her if she sometimes gets confused on stage about being Maria or Juliet. She tells him that when he sings he is Romeo, and they kiss. Marcello then asks Antonio to sing his new love song, which he wrote for his wedding to Maria. Maria walks in while Antonio is singing and is enthralled, but Antonio tells her that Marcello wrote the song for her. She then joins Marcello in singing the song, and Antonio, dejected, leaves. Later Maria confesses to Marcello that she and Antonio are in love, then runs to get him, only to discover that he has run away. Because the opera is opening that night, Marcello and Maria must find Antonio and look for him at his mother's house. At first Mama is stubborn, but when Maria tells her she loves Antonio, she agrees to help. Meanwhile, Marcello is forced to offer Forcellini 5,000 lire to sing the part of Romeo. Mama then appeals to Antonio's ego by telling him Forcellini will play Romeo. Antonio agrees to return to Naples, and Mama follows. The opera starts without him, but, in the middle of the balcony scene, as a drunk Forcellini sings off-key in the wings, Antonio holds a gun on him, forcing him to give him his costume. Antonio then enters as Romeo, and he and Maria sing the balcony aria together while Forcellini is arrested for indecent exposure. As a proud Mama watches, Maria and Antonio kiss and receive a standing ovation. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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