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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Complete credited cast:
Clay 'Dal' Dalzell
Donna Mantin
Paul Kelly ...
Jimmy 'Jim' Kinland
Horatio Swayne
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


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Estrella de medianoche  »

Box Office


$280,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The consummate worker, Ginger Rogers started working on "Star of Midnight" within of week of finishing the filming of "Roberta", with co-star Fred Astaire. Then, six days after filming "Star of Midnight" she went to work on her next Astaire movie, "Top Hat". See more »


Donna Mantin: Now, now, boy scout, you did your good deed. Somebody had to do something for the poor girl.
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This movie is thoroughly enjoyable with just the proper balance of
5 January 2001 | by (Goshen, New York) – See all my reviews

This movie is thoroughly enjoyable with just the proper balance of humour, intrigue, and style that only William Powell is capable of . Ginger Rogers gives one of her better acting performances and seems very natural opposite of William Powell. This is as good as any of the Thin Man series.

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