One Heavenly Night

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Hopes for this Goldwyn musical are raised by a stylish opening in which Tashman - as Fritzi, toast of Budapest night life - belts out her number, then gleefully provokes a riot among her admirers. Alas, she is rusticated by the police for scandalous behaviour; and Laye, making her Hollywood debut as a flower-seller with dreams of stardom, is persuaded to serve Fritzi's stint of rustic exile while she holes up with her current lover. Some very sub-Stroheim sex-play ensues as Count Mirko (Boles), the country magistrate responsible for Fritzi's good behaviour, confidently expects to bed the pseudo-Fritzi, while the dismayed innocent sets a romantic snare intended to leave him panting with frustration. True love naturally brings matrimonial bliss, and boredom for the viewer. The songs are standard operetta stuff, moonily sung; there are acres of unfunny comedy for Errol and Cameron (in servant/confidant roles); but the camerawork (George Barnes and Gregg Toland) is gorgeous.


Release details

82 mins

Cast and crew

George Fitzmaurice
Sidney Howard
Evelyn Laye
John Boles
Leon Errol
Lilyan Tashman
Hugh Cameron
Henry Kolker
Marion Lord