Glamorous Night (film)

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Glamorous Night
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Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Written byHugh Brooke
Dudley Leslie
William Freshman
J. Lee Thompson (adaptation)
Based onmusical play Glamorous Night by Ivor Novello [1]
Starring Mary Ellis
Otto Kruger
Victor Jory
Barry MacKay
Music by Ivor Novello (composer: songs and incidental music)
Harry Acres (musical director)
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Edited by Flora Newton
Distributed byAssociated British Picture Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 28 April 1937 (1937-04-28)(London, UK)
  • 15 December 1937 (1937-12-15)(US)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Glamorous Night is a 1937 British drama film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Mary Ellis, Otto Kruger and Victor Jory. [2] It is an adaptation of the play Glamorous Night by Ivor Novello. [3] In a mythical European kingdom, King Stefan clashes with his prime minister and falls in love with the gypsy Melitza.



Critical reception

Sky Movies wrote, "The story creaks like a dowager's stays in this torrid tale of Ruritanian romance and skulduggery based on Ivor Novello's stage success. There are compensations, however, in the tuneful music and elegant production values, to say nothing of gipsies who appear to be addicted to ballet dancing. Victor Jory plays the villainous prime minister with steely determination and an American accent, Mary Ellis is suitably lively although she is hardly a believable Romany. Barry Mackay stands out as an English oil prospector, the role originally played on stage by Novello." [4] Writing for The Spectator in 1937, Graham Greene gave the film a mixed review, describing it as "about as bogus as a film could be", but praising Novello's efforts to bring the film "up to date", and appreciating the photography, the camerawork, the direction, and Ellis' "daemonic good looks". [5]

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