Tonight and Every Night

Synopsis: A photographer for Life magazine comes to London to do a story on a local theater troupe which never missed a performance during World War II. Flashbacks also reveal the backstage love affair between star Rosalind Bruce and a British flyer.
Genre: Drama, Musical
Director(s): Victor Saville
Production: Columbia Pictures
92 min

Thanks. What's the idea

of the pictures, mister?

Life magazine's doing

a story on the theater.

Why didn't you tell me?

Look at my hair!

What's so special

about this place?

It's news, soldier.

This theater went through the Blitz

and never missed a single performance.

No kidding?

Aye. And one of your

lassies is in on it, too.


She's an American.

Wonderful thing,


I come into

the park each day

To watch the children

as they play

And see they don't go

near the water banks

Although it never

was too hard

To flirt with soldiers

on the guard

I find it simpler still

to meet the Yanks

This little high park bench

Is sometimes like a trench

The Poles, the Czechs,

the Greeks

Auditioning their techniques

First I embrace them

then I place them

On an honor roll

And the Yanks

always rate a spot

On my...

What does an English girI

think of a Yank?

For he's a doll and

Just as solid as it takes

What does an English girI

think of his looks?

And when he says,

"What's cooking?"

Does she know what cooks?

She Just adores

his Southern roar

Can't resist his

"Hi, y'all"

He says, "Evening, ma'am"

She says, "Evening, Sam"

That she's from Alabamy

What does an English girI

think of his Jive?

And when a band

is on the stand

Well, man alive

He knows from nothing

He starts rug-cutting

And throws a hip or two

Do we hip bang?

Of course, we do

Mind if I get some

stuff from here, Sam?

Make yourself at home.

There isn't one of them girls that

couldn't be on the cover of your magazine.

Oh, can't you stay

off my feet?

Hold it.

Girls, we've made history.

Now we're making Life.

Wait till you see it.

A six-page spread glorifying

the Music Box Girls.

Come on, girls.

We're on.

Now, Miss Bruce, Just one

of you. Something informal.


This ought to help

the circulation.

This'll do more for

the blood pressure.

Just one more.

Sorry. I'm on again.

Getting all the pictures

you want?

There's one I'd like to

get right now. The boss.

How about it,

Miss Tolliver?

The only pictures I've

taken now are X-rays.

Fine. We'll use them too.

Anything about the woman

who kept this theater

going through the Blitz

is human interest.

I'd like to get some from

up high with my view camera.

Sam, show him around.

I'll take over.

Come along, young man.

You were here during

the Blitz, weren't you Sam?

That I was.

How was it?

Well, you were gonna

take things as you find them.

How did you

find them?

We didn't have to,

my boy.

They found us. There.

Bombs, eh?

Yes, incendiaries.

Even that didn't

stop the show?

That it didn't.

Actors are used to having

things thrown at them.

I'd like to have had my camera

here when things were popping.

Well, you'd have got

some rare pictures.

And a story to go

with it, I'll bet.

Yes, and a story

to go with it.

Any special story, Sam?

A very special story.

A story that'd make you laugh

if it didn't make you cry.

Would you like to hear it?

That's what I'm here for.

Well, I'll have to go back before

the Blitz. Back before the war.

There was peace on Earth and bad

will among men, as you might say,

but we knew the war

wasn't far off.

It was in rehearsal,

so to speak.

Like our new show.

Come on, Roz. Judy,

Angela, Toni, that's your cue.

All right, we'll take it

from the second four.


Judy, darling. How

nice of you to drop in.

And what a lovely hat.

Now that we've all seen it,

you can take it off!

Well, you see, it was

this way, Tolly, I...

When I call rehearsal at

00, I don't mean 10:30.

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Lesser Samuels

Lesser Samuels (26 July 1894 - 22 December 1980) enjoyed a 20-year career as a Hollywood screenwriter. He is best known for back-to-back Oscar nominations for the racial drama No Way Out in 1950 and Billy Wilder's lacerating critique of tabloid journalism Ace in the Hole the following year. Samuels also wrote and served as associate producer on the notorious Biblical flop The Silver Chalice - a film which its star Paul Newman deemed one of the low points of his career - in 1954. Samuels co-authored the book for the 1960 Frank Loesser musical Greenwillow. more…

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