Tonight and Every Night (1945)

Genres - Musical, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - War Romance  |   Release Date - Jan 9, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Tonight and Every Night is overall a middling little musical, but it does have a number of elements that make it worth watching, especially for those with a fondness for old "tuners." Of course, the main reason for watching Tonight is the presence of the bewitching, glorious Rita Hayworth. Of all the stars most associated with the movie musical, Hayworth is the one that truly deserves the term "goddess," for her sheer physical beauty and presence are simply heavenly. It's a shame there here (as in all of her movies) her singing is dubbed, for the lack of a suitable singing voice does have a subtle impact on her effect. But let her stretch out those gorgeous gams, toss that cascade of hair and flash that melting smile, and suddenly her voice doesn't seem to matter. Hayworth's magic is much needed in Tonight, for the Jule Styne score is surprisingly pedestrian, and the Sammy Cahn lyrics are, at best, serviceable. And the screenplay, despite its "serious" setting and some "downbeat" moments, is weak overall, particularly where the dialogue is concerned. But Hayworth overcomes this, as well as a leading man who is adequate but little more. She's aided enormously by Marc Platt's sensational dancing, a very nice turn from Janet Blair and dependable support from Florence Brooks, as well as Victor Saville's low key but engaging direction, a color spectrum that is dazzling without being overpowering and Rudolph Mate's imaginative camerawork. And the "screen actors come to life onstage" sequence, while strange, is quite entertaining.