Remember the Night

Here’s one last Christmas classic as Christmastide comes to an end.

Prosecutor Jack Sargent (Fred MacMurray) knows he’ll get a guilty verdict for a woman on trial for shoplifting, but, when the trial is postponed, feels bad that she’ll have to spend the holidays behind bars. But after having a bondsman post her bail, he learns the woman still has nowhere to go for Christmas.

So the woman ends up joining her prosecutor as he travels home for the holidays. The two end up sharing a few misadventures along the way and, in proper romantic comedy fashion, inevitably develop deeper feelings for each other.

Like other seasonal classics we’ve suggested before, such as The Shop Around the Corner and Christmas in Connecticut, Christmas serves as more of a setting than a central theme, but it still provides an appropriately warm and inviting backdrop for the narrative. The easy romance may be on the sentimental side, but the feel-good family-friendly drama may offer an uplifting start to the new year. The film is not rated, but would likely be PG.

(For a bit of extra fun, see if you can spot the supporting actor who would go on to voice Disney’s Winnie the Pooh.)

Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Rated PG
USCCB rating: A-II
100% on Rotten Tomatoes
IMDb Parents Guide
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