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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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24 March 1939 (USA)  »

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La baronne de minuit  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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After Wilder and Brackett fought with director Mitchell Leisen to make sure as much of their work made on the screen as possible, Wilder was convinced he had to direct the scripts they wrote and Brackett was convinced he had to produce. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jacques Picot: I'm terribly sorry. It's difficult to concentrate on cards... sometimes.
Eve Peabody: [Referring to Jacques' dislike of Helene's feathered hat] Naturally, when you're worrying about the future of the ostrich plume.
Helene Flammarion: I don't think that's very funny.
Jacques Picot: I do.
Eve Peabody: Well, thanks.
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Connections

Remade as Masquerade in Mexico (1945) See more »

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 (Deep in the Heart of Texas) – 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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