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This Could Be the Night
Theatrical poster
Directed byRobert Wise
Screenplay byIsobel Lennart
Based onProtection for a Tough Racket
1954 story in Harper's
by Cornelia Baird Gross
Produced byJoe Pasternak
StarringJean Simmons
Paul Douglas
Tony Franciosa
CinematographyRussell Harlan
Edited byGeorge Boemler
Music byNicholas Brodszky
George Stoll
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 14, 1957 (1957-05-14)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,520,000[1]

This Could Be the Night is a 1957 MGM comedy-drama film directed by Robert Wise and starring Jean Simmons and Paul Douglas. Anthony Franciosa made his debut in the film, which is based on the short stories by Cornelia Baird Gross.


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.



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.[2] Both Wilson and Anthony had roles in the film. Wilson played singer Ivy Corlane, while Anthony, with his Orchestra, played himself.[3]


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.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles, California: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database, Particulars of soundtrack to This Could Be The Night. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database, Cast credits for This Could Be The Night. Retrieved March 1, 2013.