Night and Day (1946)


Night and Day (1946)

The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public myths surrounding Cole at the time, despite its lack of relationship with truth. For instance, truth and movie are different in regards to: his sex life (he was a gay man in a marriage of convenience with a divorcee friend), his relationship with his wife, Monty Wooley was a contemporary (not Professor), and his French military experience was a hoax.
IMDb  6.2 /10
Director Michael Curtiz
Writer Charles Hoffman
Writer Leo Townsend
Writer William Bowers
Writer Jack Moffitt
Release Date1946-08-03
Runtime2h 8mins
GenreBiography, Drama, Musical
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
AwardsNominated for 1 Oscar.
CompanyWarner Bros.

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.

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.


  • Cary Grant as Cole Porter
  • Alexis Smith as Linda Lee Porter
  • Selena Royle as Kate Porter
  • Henry Stephenson as Omar Cole
  • Jane Wyman as Gracie Harris
  • Dorothy Malone as Nancy
  • Eve Arden as Gabrielle
  • Ginny Simms as Carole Hill
  • Paul Cavanagh as Bart McClelland
  • Tom D'Andrea as Tommy
  • Victor Francen as Anatole Giron
  • Alan Hale Sr. as Leon Dowling
  • Mary Martin as herself
  • Sig Ruman as Wilowski
  • Donald Woods as Ward Blackburn
  • Monty Woolley as himself
  • Carlos Ramírez as specialty singer
  • Estelle Sloan as specialty dancer
  • George Zoritch as specialty dancer
  • Adam Di Gatano as specialty dancer
  • Jane Di Gatano as specialty dancer
  • Milada Mladova as specialty dancer
  • Herman Bing as Ladisaus Smedick - 2nd 'Peaches' (unaccredited)

Box office

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