La Nuit Est à Nous (1927)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Also known as La Nuit, this early talkie was filmed in both French and German-language versions, a common (if expensive) practice at the time. Henry Roussell directed the French version and played a supporting role, while Carl Froehlich (the producer) helmed the German version. Both adaptations were based on a play by Henry Kistemeier, and both starred Marie Bell and Jean Murat. The story concerns a happily married couple whose future together is threatened when a woman appears claiming to be the husband's long-lost wife. This is curiously resolved with a wild auto-chase finale -- which seems more suited to a William Boyd actioner than a romantic melodrama. Musical highlights are provided by American nightclub entertainer Kitty Kelly and Babe Egan's Red Heads, an all-girl orchestra.

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divorce, ex-wife, family, love-triangle, romance