Meet Me Tonight

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Meet Me Tonight
"Meet Me Tonight" (1952 film).jpg
Directed by Anthony Pelissier
Produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan
Written by Noël Coward
Based on three plays from Tonight at 8:30 by Noël Coward
Starring Valerie Hobson
Stanley Holloway
Nigel Patrick
Ted Ray
Kay Walsh
Jack Warner.
Music by Noël Coward
Eric Rogers (orchestrated and conducted)
Cinematography Desmond Dickinson
Edited by Clive Donner
British Film-Makers Ltd.
Distributed by General Film Distributors (U.K.)
Release date
9 September 1952 (London) (UK)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Meet Me Tonight is a 1952 omnibus British comedy film adapted from three one act plays by Noël Coward: Red Peppers, Fumed Oak and Ways and Means; which are part of his Tonight at 8:30 play cycle.[1] The film was released as Tonight at 8.30. in the U.S.[2] It was directed by Anthony Pelissier and starred Valerie Hobson, Nigel Patrick, Stanley Holloway, Ted Ray and Jack Warner.[3]

It earned billings of £97,000.[4]


In "The Red Peppers", a husband and wife song and dance team (Kay Walsh, Ted Ray) bicker with each other, another performer (Martita Hunt), and the theatre manager (Frank Pettingell). In "Fumed Oak", a middle-aged man (Stanley Holloway) finally has enough of his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law (Betty Ann Davies, Dorothy Gordon, and Mary Merrall respectively). Having saved enough money secretly, he announces to his stunned family that he is leaving, never to see them again. In the final segment, "Ways and Means", a husband (Nigel Patrick) and his wife (Valerie Hobson) wonder what they will do now that he has gambled away their money, leaving little to pay their debts, especially to Olive (Jessie Royce Landis). They pawn their last few valuable possessions, hoping to win enough in the casino. However, Olive takes the seat the husband was waiting for and proceeds to win a great deal of money. When she gets up, he takes his rightful place and loses all he has. That night, the couple awake to find Olive's chauffeur, Murdoch (Jack Warner), trying to steal from them. After laughing at him (since they have nothing worth the effort), the wife proposes he rob from his employer and split the money with them. Murdoch takes Olive's winnings, but double crosses the couple, only to end up caught by the police.


Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times wrote, "Tonight at 8:30 is, in short, a varied entertainment, short on excitement but funny and trenchant enough for many tastes."[5]


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