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Midnight (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 24 March 1939 (USA)
A chorus girl stranded in Paris is set up by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man.

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Showgirl Eve, stranded in Paris without a soul, befriends taxi driver Tibor Czerny, then gives him the slip to crash a party. There she meets Helene Flammarion and her gigolo Picot, who's attracted to Eve. Helene's scheming husband Georges enlists Eve's aid in taking Picot away from his wife. It works well - at first. Meanwhile, lovestruck Tibor searches for Eve. But then he learns she's calling herself Baroness Czerny. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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On Thursday, September 28, 1939, Robert L. Buckner filed a plagiarism suit demanding an injunction against exhibition of the film, "Midnight," and an accounting and damages, in the U.S. Federal Court, against Paramount Pictures, Inc. and Charles Beahan. Plaintiff (Buckner)claims that in 1933 he and Beahan wrote a play entitled, "Dearly Beloved," and delivered a manuscript to Paramount. The complaint charges Paramount with infringing the play in the picture, "Midnight," and states that Beahan is named a defendant because he refuses to join the suit as a plaintiff. See more »

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When Eve attends the concert (c. 15 minutes) she is completely dry despite her roaming the streets in the rain previously. See more »

Quotes

Georges Flammarion: The ground has just opened under our feet.
Eve Peabody: Well... and me all set to jump for that tub of butter.
Georges Flammarion: We've landed in something, all right, but it's not butter.
Eve Peabody: Here they come.
Georges Flammarion: I'll stand by you as best I can.
Helene Flammarion: Ladies and gentlemen, may I have a word, please. I want to tell you something which I think will both interest and amuse you. Under our roof tonight, we have, as a guest, a person claiming one of the oldest names in the Almanach de Gotha.
[Crowd mutters]
Helene Flammarion: I don't know how many of you are ...
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Soundtracks

Étude No.12 in C minor Op.10-12: Revolutionary
(1829-32) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano at Stephanie's party
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a fairy tale, a screwball comedy, a gem
19 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Break out the night vision goggles, the pick-axe, and the compass to find this one if you haven't seen it. I caught it at the MOMA cinema in the old museum basement and laughed so hard I was in tears -- and so were the hundred+ people around me. Monty Woolley and Hedda Hopper are a stitch to watch -- but this is definitely Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche's movie. Colbert spends the first 15 minutes of the movie cold, wet, and hungry -- and Ameche (her knight in shining Taxicab) thoroughly enjoys her predicament. The volley of screwball slap-lines goes on for another hour before the shoe finally fits (as we knew it always would.) The best grins are from Ameche's smug insanity -- and a shaving mug fully loaded.

Best of all, the dazzling innocence of the comedy writing from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett is so light and politically incorrect that you can almost smell "Some Like It Hot" on the distant horizon. There is no meanness or cynicism in MIDNIGHT. Just a good story, good laughs, and a cast full of people you want to meet again and again.


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