One Exciting Night (1944 film)

One Exciting Night is a 1944 British musical comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Vera Lynn, Donald Stewart and Mary Clare. The film was also known as You Can't Do Without Love.[1] The screenplay concerns a female singer who becomes involved with a man who is the victim of a kidnap plot.

One Exciting Night
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Directed byWalter Forde
Written byPeter Fraser
Howard Irving Young
Story byPeter Fraser
Produced byBen Henry
StarringVera Lynn
Donald Stewart
Frederick Leister
CinematographyOtto Heller
Edited byTerence Fisher
Music byHarry Bidgood
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 4 December 1944 (1944-12-04) (United Kingdom)
  • 26 July 1945 (1945-07-26) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Vera Baker is an aspiring singer desperate for an opportunity to impress producer Michael Thorne. Her chance arrives at a benefit concert that is also the scene of an attempted kidnapping of Thorne by gangsters chasing a priceless Rembrandt. Vera somehow eventually thwarts the villains, and along the way manages to wow the audience with her singing.


Critical receptionEdit

TV Guide called the film a "decent musical farce."[2]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | ONE EXCITING NIGHT (1944)". 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  2. ^ "You Can't Do Without Love Review". Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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