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|Cast: Jan Kiepura,
Gladys Swarthout, Philip Merivale, Benny Baker. Much of
the music for this movie was composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
and some guy named Oscar Hammerstein II.
After becoming introduced to the world of opera, a fisherman
(Jan Kiepura) falls for a woman whose guardian is a noted
composer (Philip Merivale). They met when the fisherman
evades the police by seeking refuge in the village church
and each is captivated by the other's voice while singing
mass. The primary love interest of the men, (and after seeing
the full 8x10 of the picture on the right, me!) Gladys falls
in love with the fisherman with the golden voice. The picture
to the right shows a Romeo and Juliet scene that they are
Give Us This Night
Softly Through the Heart of Night
My Love and I
I Mean To Say I Love You
My Heart and I
Jan Kiepure and Gladys Swarthout in "Give Us This Night,"
with Phillip Merivale, Benny Baker, Michelette Burani, William
Collier, Sr., and Sidney Toler. Directed by Alexander Hall.
Swedish Movie Poster
The picture at left was taken on the set in
Three Arch Bay, California, near South Leguna. You can see
a couple of additional shots showing the set of the Italian
Village on the web site created by Steve Turnbull for this
picturesque community that served as a setting for numerous
Hollywood pictures in the 30's and 40's. Three
|In 1936 The Preview Board for Musical Films of
the National Council of Women began to distribute a set of Group
Discussion Guides - “Give Us This Night” was the
second of these and includes some interesting items.
Technically the production of Give Us the Night was a mammoth
undertaking. Altogether sixty sets were required. An entire
fishing village was constructed to resemble Sorrento at Three
Arch Bay, near the California seaside resort of Laguna. The
bay is a large cove surrounded by cliffs that rise to a height
of three hundred feet. To transport building materials up
and down the cliffs it was necessary to build an inclined
Running the Scales - Alan Mowbray loosens
up his vocal cords for his role in the new Paramount musical,
"Give Us This Night," while Gladys Swarthout and
Philip Morivale look on. Director Alexander Hall, back to
the camera, is enjoying it, too.
Copyright 1935 Paramount Productions,
Inc. Permission granted for Newspaper and Magazine reproductions.
As they work Gladys and Philip are less than enamoured
of the skills of Alan and are looking for an alternative.