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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 sou, 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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Two of its first telecasts took place in Phoenix 23 October 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), and in Omaha 28 December 1959 on KETV (Channel 7). It was released on DVD 22 April 2008 as part of the Universal Cinema Classics series and has since enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

When Eve attends the concert (c. 7 minutes) she is completely dry despite her roaming the streets in the rain previously. See more »

Quotes

Simone: Well, where in the world did you get THAT hat? It looks positively moldy!
Customer in hat store: Well, I bought it from you three days ago.
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Remade as Masquerade in Mexico (1945) See more »

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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 criminally underrated comedy classic
7 July 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Why this simply marvelous comedy is not hailed as a screwball classic standing shoulder to shoulder with "It Happened One Night," "The Awful Truth," and "My Man Godfrey," and just under "Bringing Up Baby," is utterly beyond me. Claudette Colbert sparkles in the role of an American golddigger in Paris, Don Ameche is a charming romantic lead, Mary Astor is a delightfully bitchy rival, and John Barrymore is spectacular in one of the funniest performances I have ever seen on celluloid. As others have stated, it is astonishing that he read his lines off cue cards. Anyway, everything in this film works perfectly together: the acting, the direction, the crackling writing, and the zany plot which I will not go into now, but which is absolutely ideal for a screwball. It is also refreshingly politically incorrect, and while feminists might flinch at one or two scenes, that should not prevent anyone from enjoying "Midnight," which is really one of the best comedies of all time. An enthusiastic and unequivocal 10/10.


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