Night and Day (1946 film)

Night and Day is a 1946 Technicolor Warner Bros. biographical and musical film starring Cary Grant as American composer and songwriter Cole Porter. The movie was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Arthur Schwartz, with Jack L. Warner as executive producer. The screenplay was written by Charles Hoffman, Leo Townsend and William Bowers.

Night and Day
Original film poster
Directed byMichael Curtiz
Produced byArthur Schwartz
Jack L. Warner (executive producer)
Written byCharles Hoffman
Leo Townsend
William Bowers
StarringCary Grant
Alexis Smith
Monty Woolley
Mary Martin
Jane Wyman
Dorothy Malone
Eve Arden
Alan Hale
Music byRay Heindorf
Max Steiner
Milton Ager
Jack Yellen
Cole Porter (songs)
CinematographyJ. Peverell Marley
William V. Skall
Edited byDavid Weisbart
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • July 2, 1946 (1946-07-02)
Running time
128 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4 million (US/ Canada rentals) [2][3] or $7,418,000[1]

The music score by Ray Heindorf and Max Steiner was nominated for an Academy Award. The film features several of the best-known Porter songs, including the title song "Night and Day," "Begin the Beguine" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."

Alexis Smith plays Linda Lee Porter, Porter's wife of 35 years. Monty Woolley and Mary Martin appear as themselves, and the rest of the cast includes Jane Wyman, Eve Arden, Alan Hale, Dorothy Malone, Donald Woods, and Ginny Simms.


Musical numbers

  1. "I'm in Love Again" – sung and danced by Jane Wyman
  2. "Bulldog, Bulldog" – sung by Cary Grant and male chorus
  3. "In the Still of the Night" – sung by Dorothy Malone (dubbed by Bobbie Canvin) and chorus
  4. "Old Fashioned Garden" – sung by Cary Grant and Selena Royle
  5. "You've Got That Thing" – sung by Paula Drew, Pat Clark and Jane Harker
  6. "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" – sung by Jane Wyman
  7. "You Do Something to Me" – sung and danced by Jane Wyman and chorus
  8. "I'm Unlucky at Gambling" – sung by Eve Arden
  9. "Miss Otis Regrets" – sung by Monty Woolley (as himself)
  10. "I Wonder What's Become of Sally" – sung by Ginny Simms
  11. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" – sung by Ginny Simms
  12. "I've Got You Under My Skin" – sung by Ginny Simms and danced by Adam Di Gatano and Jane Di Gatano
  13. "Rosalie" – sung by chorus
  14. "Night and Day" – sung by Bill Days
  15. "Just One of Those Things" – sung by Ginny Simms and danced by Estelle Sloan with chorus
  16. "You're the Top" – sung by Ginny Simms and Cary Grant
  17. "I Get a Kick Out of You" – sung by Ginny Simms and danced by chorus
  18. "Easy to Love" – sung by chorus
  19. "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" – sung by Mary Martin (as herself, the original 1938 Broadway performer) and chorus
  20. "Do I Love You?" – a few lines, by "rehearsing" background singer
  21. "Don't Fence Me In" – a few lines, in short clip from 1944 movie Hollywood Canteen, sung by Roy Rogers
  22. "Begin the Beguine" – sung by Carlos Ramírez and danced by George Zoritch and Milada Mladova with chorus
  23. "Bulldog, Bulldog" (reprise) – sung by chorus
  24. "Night and Day" (reprise) – sung by chorus

Box office

The film was a hit, earning $4,990,000 domestically and $2,428,000 in foreign markets.[1]


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 26 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 69
  3. "60 Top Grossers of 1946", Variety 8 January 1947 p8
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