Remember Last Night? (1935)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

An enjoyably quirky little murder mystery/screwball comedy, Remember Last Night doesn't really come together in a totally satisfying way but is still good fun while it lasts. The first 15 or so minutes, during which we witness the wild party, gets to be a bit much, and director James Whale sometimes misses slightly when trying to pull all of the various genres together. In addition, the plotting gets a bit muddled in the middle and only barely gets itself straightened out in time. But viewers who can put these defects aside are in for a neat little thrill ride, with plenty of laughs along the way. Whale's visual sense is given free reign here, and to good effect. His choice of camera angles, composition and attention to physical detail give Remember a unique look and feel. And he's working with an excellent cast, especially his trio of stars, Robert Young, Edward Arnold, and Constance Cummings. They're capable of playing it straight or fast and loose, often switching between the two on a dime, and they add sparkle to this fizzy little concoction. Not as accomplished as its inspiration, The Thin Man, Remember Last Night is still worthy of being much better known.