All in a Night's Work Studio: Paramount Year: 1961 Rated: NR Length: 94 Minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Anamorphic Audio: English Dolby Digital Mono English Subtitles Closed Captioned Special Features: None Estimated Street Price: $14.99, USD Release Date: February 22, 2005 A powerful New York publishing baron is found dead of natural causes in his hotel bed in Palm Beach - but not before a mysterious woman is seen running from the room wearing only a towel. Tony Ryder (Dean Martin) is the heir of the publishing business, and is immediately tasked to cover up this scandalous affair. Katie (Shirley Maclaine) is the woman seen running from the hotel room, but she wasn’t having an affair with the man. She’s so innocent, in fact, that she doesn’t even suspect that all the attentions heaped on her by Tony (who thinks that Katie wants to blackmail the company) have anything to do with her having been seen in the hotel. It’s all a farcical case of mistaken identity that has Martin and Maclaine, along with the likes of Cliff Robertson, Jack Weston, Charles Ruggles, Gale Gordon and Richard Deacon all atwitter. The film may be wholly implausible, but the chemistry between Martin and Maclaine makes for an entertaining outing. The Look All in a Night’s Work is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is anamorphically enhanced. The print, for the most part, is immaculate. With the exception of a few brief scenes, the image is free of scratches, and exhibits only occasional mild specks of dust. Grain is very fine. A few brief scenes display heavier grain, as if those scenes were taken from different work elements. These scenes also tend to be a bit softer than the majority of the film. Overall, the picture enjoys good sharpness, delivering excellently detailed textures while rendering nicely saturated colors. Black levels are solid, while still expressing adequate detail in the shadow areas. The picture seems free of compression artifacts, and shows no overt signs of edge enhancement. The print looks wonderful and the transfer is very nice for a film of this age. The Sound The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono. Frequency response is adequate, allowing for excellent fidelity and clarity in the dialog. Music is adequately represented in this mono track. A mild background hiss can be heard at high volume levels, but it isn’t distracting. Final Thoughts This above average Dean Martin comedy scores on the strength of performance and chemistry. Even if the story is a bit flat, you’ll have a pleasant enough time watching so as not to notice. Paramount has delivered a quality transfer of this film, but there are no extras to be found.