Tonight and Every Night (1945)

88-89 mins | Romance | 22 February 1945

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Heart of the City . According to a HR news item, background shots were filmed in London. This picture marked the screen debut of Broadway performer Marc Platt. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score and the song "Anywhere" was nominated for Best Song. Modern sources note that the theater in the film was modeled on London's Windmill Theatre. Rita Hayworth's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears, according to modern ... More Less

The working title of this film was Heart of the City . According to a HR news item, background shots were filmed in London. This picture marked the screen debut of Broadway performer Marc Platt. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score and the song "Anywhere" was nominated for Best Song. Modern sources note that the theater in the film was modeled on London's Windmill Theatre. Rita Hayworth's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears, according to modern sources. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Feb 1945.
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Daily Variety
25 Jan 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Mar 45
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 44
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 45
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 45
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Sep 44
p. 2092.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Feb 45
p. 2309.
New York Times
9 Mar 45
p. 16.
Variety
31 Jan 45
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Asst to prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns and costs
Gowns and costs
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
Vocal arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Heart of a City by Lesley Storm, as produced by Gilbert Miller (New York, 12 Feb 1942).
SONGS
"Tonight and Every Night," "What Does an English Girl Think of Yanks?" "Anywhere," "The Boy I Left Behind," "You Excite Me" and "Cry and You Cry Alone," music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Heart of the City
Release Date:
22 February 1945
Production Date:
8 May--28 September 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 February 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13131
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
88-89
Length(in feet):
8,259
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Near the end of the war, a reporter from Life magazine comes to the Music Box Theatre in London to write a story about the music hall that never missed putting on a performance during the Blitz. Stage manager Sam Royce recalls the halcyon days at the beginning of the war: Theatrical impresario May "Tolly" Tolliver is rehearsing her performers when dancer Tommy Lawson comes to audition. Although Tommy is a naturally gifted dancer, he improvises all his steps and consequently, Tolly refuses to hire him. Taking pity on Tommy, Americans Rosalind Bruce and Judy Kane, members of the troupe, teach him their routines, and he wins a part in the show. One night, RAF pilot Paul Lundy comes to the theater and becomes infatuated by Ros. When German planes discharge their bombs over the theater, the audience and performers take refuge in the building's basement, and there Paul meets Ros and invites her to dinner. Ros refuses his invitation, but after the raid, she and Judy stop by the neighborhood restaurant, and Paul is waiting with champagne. Ros begins to date Paul, but when he tricks her into coming to his apartment by promising to introduce her to a non-existent soldier from her home town of St. Louis, she feels betrayed and refuses to talk to him. Desperate to see Ros, Paul convinces his Group Captain to request that the Music Box troupe appear at the upcoming RAF theatrical. At the RAF show, Paul begs Ros to forgive him, and when he is called away on a mission, she relents and accepts his confession of love. Tommy, who is also in ... +


Near the end of the war, a reporter from Life magazine comes to the Music Box Theatre in London to write a story about the music hall that never missed putting on a performance during the Blitz. Stage manager Sam Royce recalls the halcyon days at the beginning of the war: Theatrical impresario May "Tolly" Tolliver is rehearsing her performers when dancer Tommy Lawson comes to audition. Although Tommy is a naturally gifted dancer, he improvises all his steps and consequently, Tolly refuses to hire him. Taking pity on Tommy, Americans Rosalind Bruce and Judy Kane, members of the troupe, teach him their routines, and he wins a part in the show. One night, RAF pilot Paul Lundy comes to the theater and becomes infatuated by Ros. When German planes discharge their bombs over the theater, the audience and performers take refuge in the building's basement, and there Paul meets Ros and invites her to dinner. Ros refuses his invitation, but after the raid, she and Judy stop by the neighborhood restaurant, and Paul is waiting with champagne. Ros begins to date Paul, but when he tricks her into coming to his apartment by promising to introduce her to a non-existent soldier from her home town of St. Louis, she feels betrayed and refuses to talk to him. Desperate to see Ros, Paul convinces his Group Captain to request that the Music Box troupe appear at the upcoming RAF theatrical. At the RAF show, Paul begs Ros to forgive him, and when he is called away on a mission, she relents and accepts his confession of love. Tommy, who is also in love with Ros, begins to drink to dull the pain of rejection. After Paul returns from his assignment, he tells Ros that he must leave again the next morning, and the two plan to spend an intimate evening at Paul's apartment. When they arrive, however, they find that Paul's building has been flattened in a German bombing raid. The next day, Paul is planning to propose to Ros when he is called into his Group Captain's office and ordered to leave immediately on a secret assignment. Two weeks pass without word from Paul, causing Ros to worry. One night, Ros sees several flyers from Paul's squadron, and when they tell her that the entire squadron has been on a two-week leave, Ros believes that Paul has lost interest in their romance. When Ros receives a note from Paul's father, Reverend Gerald Lundy, asking to meet her after the show that night, she assumes that Paul has sent him as an emissary to terminate their relationship. Ros is relieved when Reverend Lundy explains that Paul has been assigned a special mission and shows her a Bible that Paul had sent to his father. The Reverend opens the Bible to the page marked by Ros's picture, and on that page, a passage, proposing marriage, is highlighted. The Reverend then proposes for his absent son and welcomes Ros to the family. Upon learning of Paul's proposal, Tommy jealousy predicts that Ros will desert the theater. When Paul returns soon after and asks Ros to honeymoon in Canada, she refuses to leave the troupe until Tommy offers his congratulations and insists that she go. Afterward, Judy, who is secretly in love with Tommy, goes to console him at the pub, and after drinking a toast to Ros, they kiss. Their happiness is shortlived, however, as a German bomb strikes the pub, killing both Tommy and Judy. Despite the tragedy, the night's performance goes on, and as Ros sings Judy's song, she determines to stay with the show. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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