Night and Day: Cary Grant and Alexis Smith
“Night and Day” is a 1946 Technicolor Warner Bros. biographical film about 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 over twenty of the best-known Porter songs, including the title song, “Night and Day”, “Begin the Beguine” and Mary Martin’s great rendition of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. Cary Grant stars as Cole Porter and 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.
Mary Martin performs “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” from “Night and Day” (1946)
“Night and Day” is a highly fictionalized and sanitized version of Cole Porter’s life, leaving out amongst other things his homosexuality, he was a gay man in a marriage of convenience with a divorcee friend Linda Lee Thomas, Monty Wooley was a contemporary not a Professor, and many writers are skeptical of the extent of his military experience in the French Foreign Legion. The movie was panned by critics but the film was a huge success, chiefly because of the wealth of vintage Porter songs.