Everything Happens at Night (1939)

76 mins | Comedy-drama | 22 December 1939

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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Doctor . According to materials contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the original story of this picture was by Boris Ingster, and was based on the exploits of a real-life doctor. Darryl Zanuck objected to the subject, however, and insisted the protagonist be a political refugee. Zanuck also suggested adding Leonid Kinskey to the cast for a "lighter touch," and suggested Alexander Granach for the role of the woodcutter. Although the film credits Harari and Arthur with original screenplay, SAB credits them with original story and screenplay. Lucien Andriot is listed as photographer on an early HR production chart. Twentieth Century-Fox borrowed Ray Milland from Paramount to appear in this picture. Backgrounds for the film were shot on location at Sun Valley, ID, in Mar ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Doctor . According to materials contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the original story of this picture was by Boris Ingster, and was based on the exploits of a real-life doctor. Darryl Zanuck objected to the subject, however, and insisted the protagonist be a political refugee. Zanuck also suggested adding Leonid Kinskey to the cast for a "lighter touch," and suggested Alexander Granach for the role of the woodcutter. Although the film credits Harari and Arthur with original screenplay, SAB credits them with original story and screenplay. Lucien Andriot is listed as photographer on an early HR production chart. Twentieth Century-Fox borrowed Ray Milland from Paramount to appear in this picture. Backgrounds for the film were shot on location at Sun Valley, ID, in Mar 1939. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Dec 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Dec 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Dec 39
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Dec 39
p. 12.
New York Times
16 Dec 39
p. 41.
Variety
20 Dec 39
p. 47.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dir skating sequences
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
DANCE
Skating numbers staged by
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Doctor
Release Date:
22 December 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 15 December 1939
Production Date:
began early September 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 December 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9615
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
6,995
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5733
SYNOPSIS

Geoffrey Thompson and Ken Morgan, reporters from rival newspapers, meet on a train while traveling to a remote Swiss village. Both have been sent by their editors to determine if the writer of anonymous editorials advocating world peace could be the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Hugo Norden, who supposedly met his death in Warsaw at the hands of the Gestapo. Arriving at the hotel, the two are forced to room together because of a lack of accomodations, and each endeavors to keep his mission a secret from the other. Amid the snow and ski slopes, the two meet Louise, Norden's daughter who is living with her father under an assumed name. It is love at first sight for both Geoffrey and Ken, until they discover the true identity of Louise's father. Personal rivalry then turns to professional rivalry as each tries to scoop the other, with the result that Geoffrey intercepts Ken's cable to The New York Express and directs it to his own paper, The London Globe . The story brings the Gestapo on a mission to kill Norden, forcing Ken and Geoffrey to band together to smuggle Louise and her father across the border to the safety of France. There they are to sail to America together, but Ken arranges for Geoffrey to miss the boat, thus ensuring that he will have Louise to ... +


Geoffrey Thompson and Ken Morgan, reporters from rival newspapers, meet on a train while traveling to a remote Swiss village. Both have been sent by their editors to determine if the writer of anonymous editorials advocating world peace could be the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Hugo Norden, who supposedly met his death in Warsaw at the hands of the Gestapo. Arriving at the hotel, the two are forced to room together because of a lack of accomodations, and each endeavors to keep his mission a secret from the other. Amid the snow and ski slopes, the two meet Louise, Norden's daughter who is living with her father under an assumed name. It is love at first sight for both Geoffrey and Ken, until they discover the true identity of Louise's father. Personal rivalry then turns to professional rivalry as each tries to scoop the other, with the result that Geoffrey intercepts Ken's cable to The New York Express and directs it to his own paper, The London Globe . The story brings the Gestapo on a mission to kill Norden, forcing Ken and Geoffrey to band together to smuggle Louise and her father across the border to the safety of France. There they are to sail to America together, but Ken arranges for Geoffrey to miss the boat, thus ensuring that he will have Louise to himself. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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