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Star of Midnight (1935)

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A dancer disappears from a theather and then William Powell and society beauty Ginger Rogers solve the murder.

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Clay 'Dal' Dalzell
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Donna Mantin
Paul Kelly ...
Jimmy 'Jim' Kinland
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Horatio Swayne
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Roger Classon
Leslie Fenton ...
Tim Winthrop
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Police Inspector Doremus
Russell Hopton ...
Tommy Tennant
Vivien Oakland ...
Jerry Classon
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Police Sgt. Cleary
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Friend Tim Winthrop asks criminal lawyer and amateur detective Clay Dalzell to find his girl, Alice, who disappeared a year earlier without a trace. When they go to the theater with Clay's would-be fiancée, Donna Mantin, Tim recognizes the star, Mary Smith, as his girl, and yells "Alice," after which she bolts from the stage and disappears once again. Reporter Tommy Tennant knows why she bolted, but before he can tell Clay the reason, he is shot dead and Clay is wounded slightly in Clay's apartment. The many suspects include Roger Classon and his wife, Jerry, who are looking for Alice to testify and save Roger's friend from the electric chair for a murder he didn't commit; Abe Ohlman, the producer of Mary's show; and gangster Jimmy Kinland who seems to know more than he's telling. It's up to Clay, with the help of Donna, to trap the murderer and find Alice. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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The titian-haired star of "Gay Divorcee" and "Roberta" joins hands with the master of all screen sleuths in a sparkling, mystery drama breathless with thrills...


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19 April 1935 (USA)  »

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Estrella de medianoche  »

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$280,000 (estimated)
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Early in the film, William Powell's character says that people consider him "Charlie Chan, Philo Vance and the Saint all rolled into one." Powell previously played Philo Vance on four occasions. See more »

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The Thin Man without Myrna Loy
31 July 2011 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

So, how does Ginger Rogers stand up against Myrna Loy? Rogers has the comedy chops. She's shown that in movies like The Major and the Minor. She trades quips with Powell much like Loy. She snoops like Loy. She drinks like Loy. But, she isn't Myrna Loy...

If the Thin Man series had never been, I would've enjoyed Rogers' performance more. It was a fun movie: An incomprehensible mystery where the murderer seems like a name drawn out of a hat at the last minute. The judge from Miracle on 34th Street plays Swain the Butler. The man who played Inspector Henderson in Night at the Opera plays a cop in this movie as well.

There is a nice chemistry between Rogers and Powell, but it just doesn't rise to the chemistry between Powell and Loy. Powell's detective character needs the stern eye of a sophisticated woman like Mrs. Charles to keep him humble. Makes for better comedy...

All in all, though...a good movie...


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