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Midnight Mary (1933)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  30 June 1933 (USA)
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A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment ... See full summary »

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Una Merkel ...
Bunny
Frank Conroy ...
District Attorney
Warren Hymer ...
Angelo
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Tindle (as Ivan Simpson)
Harold Huber ...
Puggy
Sandy Roth ...
Blimp
Martha Sleeper ...
Barbara
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Clerk (as Charles Grapewin)
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Cop
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Storyline

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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trial | prison | murder | lawyer | flashback | See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

30 June 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lady of the Night  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original story treatment written by Anita Loos was titled "Nora: Girl Delinquent" and was based on a series of magazine articles allegedly written by a former gang moll and informant. See more »

Goofs

In a closeup of a page from the phone book, with exception of name of hero, the same four or five names are printed repeatedly. See more »

Quotes

Mary Martin: Sometimes I think if I don't get away from you, I'll go out of my mind.
Leo Darcy: You'll never get away from me. You belong to me, remember?
Mary Martin: I've never belonged to you.
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Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
In the score at Christmas
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Essential pre-code viewing
1 June 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This is a seldom-discussed but highly significant title in the pre-code canon, as it delineates the compromises a pretty and (originally) moral young woman must make to extricate herself from poverty during the depression. Overall, it's a predictable melodrama, very typical of its period, and the fact that Wild Bill Wellman was for some reason working at MGM for this one tends to stultify the brashness that was his trademark in his early years at Warners. Nonetheless, the tricky editing is very Warners-like and keeps the story moving at a rapid pace, particularly in the jaw-dropping montage where the eponymous character loses her virginity. Most importantly, the script is very frank about sex and absolutely cynical about American society at the time. The most notorious scene is all innuendo -- in order to distract her gangster paramour, Mary inaudibly whispers in his ear, obviously relating in quite some detail the pleasures she will endow him with if only he comes to bed with her immediately. Loretta Young is luminous as always and Ricardo Cortez has a nice time with his role as a confident hoodlum who knows he has her on a string. As for Franchot Tone and Grady Sutton...


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