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This Could Be the Night Details


A rare comedy effort by director Robert Wise, This Could Be the Night is based on a series of short stories Cordelia Baird Gross. Jean Simmons stars as Anne Leeds, a prim, proper and very level-headed grade-school teacher who takes a night job as secretary to rough-and-tumble nightclub owner Rocco (Paul Douglas). Despite his raffish exterior, Rocco has a heart of gold, and he does is best to protect Anne from Broadway predators in general and ladies'-man Tony Armotti (Anthony Franciosa) in particular. As she struggles to put Rocco's questionable business practices in order, Anne also encourages the efforts of immigrant busboy Hussein (Rafael Campos) to earn his American citizenship, and helps sexy chorine Ivy (Neile Adams) realize her dream of becoming a famous chef. Several veteran thespians add spice to the proceedings, including J. Carroll Naish, Joan Blondell, Murvyn Vye and ZaSu Pitts, while music is provided by the Ray Anthony Orchestra. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jean Simmons Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1957 Nominee


Jean Simmons
as Anne Leeds
Paul Douglas
as Rocco
Anthony Franciosa
as Tony Armotti
Joan Blondell
as Crystal St. Clair
J. Carrol Naish
as Leon
Rafael Campos
as Hussein Mohammed
ZaSu Pitts
as Mrs. Shea
Tom Helmore
as Stowe Devlin
Murvyn Vye
as Waxie London
Vaughn Taylor
as Ziggy Dawlt
Frank Ferguson
as Mr. Shea
June Blair
Richard Collier
as Homer
Matty Fain
as Guest
Percy Helton
as Charlie
Harry Hines
Edna Holland
as Teacher
Gregg Martell
Archie Savage
Lew Smith
as Waiter
Nita Talbot
as Chorus Girl
Betty Uitti
as Sexy Girl
Matty Fain
as Guest
Nita Talbot
as Chorus Girl
Lew Smith
as Waiter
Edna Holland
as Teacher
Richard Collier
as Homer
Percy Helton
as Charlie


Robert Wise
Joe Pasternak
Isobel Lennart
Russell Harlan
George Stoll
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Boemler