Cinematheque: Preston Sturges, Screenwriter
Remember the Night (US, 1940, 35mm, 94 min.)
Saturday, December 08, 2012
4070 Vilas Hall, Vilas Hall
Four years before they teamed on Double Indemnity, Stanwyck and MacMurray were paired as a chronic shoplifter and the prosecutor who takes her home for the holidays to keep her out of jail. Her encounter with the lawyer’s wholesome family, culminating on a moving and memorable New Year’s Eve, begins to change her perspective on a life of crime. Remember the Night marked Preston Sturges’ last credit as screenwriter before he became a writer-director on The Great McGinty, released the same year.