WriterCornelia Baird Gross, Isobel Lennart Release dateMay 14, 1957 (1957-05-14) CastJean Simmons (Anne Leeds), Paul Douglas (Rocco), Anthony Franciosa (Tony Armotti), Joan Blondell (Crystal St. Clair), J. Carrol Naish (Leon), Julie Wilson (Ivy Corlane) Similar moviesShooting Fish, Fake-Out, Let's Be Cops, Goodfellas, Straight Outta Compton, Salt
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This Could Be the Night is a 1957 MGM comedy-drama film directed by Robert Wise. The movie is based on the short stories by Cornelia Baird Gross and stars Jean Simmons and Paul Douglas. Anthony Franciosa made his debut in this film.
Anne Leeds is a school teacher with only four weeks of experience. She takes a part-time job as a secretary to an ex-bootlegger and horse-playing gambler by the name of Rocco. He's a Broadway nightclub owner with a heart of gold who falls in love with Anne. However, he knows he's too old for her, so keeps his feelings to himself.
Anne "thinks" she's in love with his younger partner Tony Armotti, a typical playboy type who is afraid to fall in love because it might mean marriage. Tony lives in a walkup apartment above the nightclub, where he often entertains beautiful women. The stairs to the apartment are on the alley behind the club.
The entire nightclub loves Anne but Tony resents her because he wants to take care of her and protect her. Eventually after confronting Tony, Anne quits because Tony tells her he does not love her and never will. After she quits the entire nightclub patronizes Tony over whether Anne quit or was fired. He goes to where she is currently working and, after helping her escape when police raid the gambling den, convinces her to take back the job she quit.
Jean Simmons – Anne Leeds
Paul Douglas – Rocco
Anthony Franciosa – Tony Armotti
Julie Wilson – Ivy Corlane
Neile Adams – Patsy St. Clair
Joan Blondell – Crystal St. Clair
J. Carrol Naish – Leon
Rafael Campos – Hussein Mohammed
ZaSu Pitts – Mrs. Katie Shea
Tom Helmore – Stowe Devlin
Murvyn Vye – Waxie London
Vaughn Taylor – Ziggy Dawit
Frank Ferguson – Mr. Shea
Chuck Berry – Cameo appearance
June Blair – Chorus Girl
Bess Flowers – Nightclub Extra
The soundtrack to the film was jazz-based, featuring performances by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra, with vocals throughout, including the film's title song, sung by Julie Wilson. Both Wilson and Anthony had roles in the film. Wilson played singer Ivy Corlane, while Anthony, with his Orchestra, played himself.
According to MGM records the film earned $870,000 in the US and Canada and $650,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $804,000.