History is Made at Night (1937)

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History Is Made at Night is a 1937 romantic drama with elements of comedy and spectacle. It deals with a love triangle among a possessive shipping magnate, his beautiful wife, and a French headwaiter, with a spectacular ocean liner as a backdrop. Colin Clive plays the insanely jealous and homicidal husband, Bruce Vail. Jean Arthur is his wife, Irene, and Charles Boyer is Paul, the headwaiter with whom she falls in love.

The film was produced by Walter Wanger and directed by Frank Borzage. Leo Carrillo portrays Paul's best friend, Cesare. The film has an amazing Titanic-like climax, when the ocean liner "SS Princess Irene" (named after Jean Arthur's character) strikes an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The Hindenburg is mentioned in dialogue, but not shown. The Vails are set to travel via the airship to Paris to testify in a court trial before changing plans. The Hindenburg disaster happened two months after the release of the film.