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Star of Midnight (1935)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Mystery | 19 April 1935 (USA)
When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

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Clay 'Dal' Dalzell
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Donna Mantin
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Jimmy 'Jim' Kinland
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Horatio Swayne
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Roger Classon
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Tim Winthrop
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Police Inspector Doremus
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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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$280,000 (estimated)
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Ginger Rogers was very pleased with the gowns which Bernard Newman designed for this film. She particularly liked the white mink blouse with black velvet skirt that she wore in the opening scene. In her autobiography, Ginger, My Story, she referred to it as "so Fifth Avenue." Newman also designed the costumes for eight other Rogers films: Rafter Romance (1933), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935), In Person (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Vivacious Lady (1938) and Tales of Manhattan (1942). See more »

Quotes

Clay 'Dal' Dalzell: Well, what do you know about that?
Donna Mantin: What is it?
Clay 'Dal' Dalzell: That, my very young friend, is a dictograph!
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Midnight in Manhattan
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Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on the phonograph and sung by an unidentified singer
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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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