Night into Morning

Night Into Morning is a 1951 American drama film starring Ray Milland and Nancy Davis.[2][3]

Night Into Morning
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFletcher Markle
Produced byEdwin H. Knopf
Screenplay byKarl Tunberg
Leonard Spigelgass
StarringRay Milland
John Hodiak
Nancy Davis
Music byCarmen Dragon
CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey
Edited byRobert Watts
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 8, 1951 (1951-06-08)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$819,000[1]


Everything is going very well for college professor Phillip Ainley (Ray Milland), who has a loving wife and son and an offer to teach at Yale. But his world turns upside-down when Katherine Mead (Nancy Davis), his secretary, rushes to tell him that there's been a deadly explosion at the professor's home.

His wife and child are killed. Ainley, devastated, becomes morose and turns to drink, causing Mead, a war widow, and best friend Tom Lawry (John Hodiak), her betrothed, to consider these telltale signs that the professor could be suicidal.

A popular athlete on campus has failed an exam and might not graduate, so his girlfriend Dottie (Dawn Addams) appeals to the professor to give him a second chance. A drunken Ainley tells her remaining unmarried might spare them both future heartbreak. He then crashes a car, terrifying the girl and resulting in his arrest.

Character witnesses convince the judge to place Ainley on probation. The professor permits the athlete to take a second exam, then gives him a passing grade. Ainley gets his affairs in order and goes to a hotel, where he plans to take his life. Only a last-minute intervention by Mead saves him, the widow reminding Ainley that she found a new love and new life, just as her first true love would have wanted.



According to MGM records the movie earned $556,000 in the US and Canada and $263,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $312,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. CROWTHER, BOSLEY (June 11, 1951). "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'Night Into Morning,' Starring Ray Milland as a Bereaved Professor, at Loew's State". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  3. "Night Into Morning 1951 Directed by Fletcher Markle". Retrieved 28 August 2017.
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