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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (screenplay) and
Billy Wilder (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 March 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A chorus girl, stranded in Paris, is "set up" by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A sophisticated comedy classic See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudette Colbert ... Eve Peabody

Don Ameche ... Tibor Czerny

John Barrymore ... Georges Flammarion

Francis Lederer ... Jacques Picot

Mary Astor ... Helene Flammarion
Elaine Barrie ... Simone

Hedda Hopper ... Stephanie
Rex O'Malley ... Marcel
Monty Woolley ... The Judge
Armand Kaliz ... Lebon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Porter (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Porter (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Train Watchman (uncredited)
Eddie Conrad ... Prince Potopienko (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gennaro Curci ... Majordomo (uncredited)
Billy Daniel ... Roger - Stephanie's Gigolo (uncredited)
Leander De Cordova ... Footman (uncredited)
Joe De Stefani ... Head Porter (uncredited)
Carlos De Valdez ... Maurice - Flammarions' Butler (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Stephanie's Party Guest with Dog (uncredited)
William Eddritt ... Footman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Flammarions' Party Guest / Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Hotel Desk Clerk at Ritz (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Doorman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Flammarions' Party Guest (uncredited)
Judith King ... Girl (uncredited)
Max Lucke ... Doorman (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
Tony Martelli ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joyce Mathews ... Girl (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Piano Playing Cabbie (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Flammarions' Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Helene's Dance Partner at Flammarions' Party (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Stephanie's Majordomo (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Woman's Escort (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... Edouart (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Donald Reed ... Ferdinand - Eve's Chauffer (uncredited)
Joseph Romantini ... Footman (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Flammarions' Party Guest / Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Policeman (uncredited)
Helen St. Rayner ... The Coloratura (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Flammarions' Party Guest / Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
Leonard Sues ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Footman (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Flammarions' Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Mitchell Leisen 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (screenplay) and
Billy Wilder (screenplay)

Edwin Justus Mayer (based on a story by) and
Franz Schulz (based on a story by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
William LeBaron .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender (original score by) (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Usher 
 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman (interior decorations)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Walker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hal Walker .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Charles Hisserich .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... special photographic effects by
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... gowns: Miss Colbert
 
Music Department
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4906) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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When John Barrymore was cast, it was well known that his alcoholism would necessitate some accommodation. This accounted for the presence in the cast of his young wife, Elaine Barrie. When he could not remember some of his lines, they were written out on blackboards just off camera, and both his irascibility and sense of humor were well in evidence. At one point one of the female assistants on the set went into the ladies room, only to be confronted with the sight of Barrymore, his back turned, relieving himself. "You can't be here," she protested, "it's just for ladies." He turned around and retorted, "So's this!"See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Eve attends the concert (c. 7 minutes) she is completely dry despite her roaming the streets in the rain previously.See more »
Quotes:
Georges Flammarion:[Guests are filing out of Stephanie's musical soiree] Did you ever find that "Eve Peabody"?
Stephanie:Finally. I had her thrown out. She was a *horrible* old woman. Roger found her in the powder room. Imagine! You know, she claimed to be the Archduchess of Mendola.
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Masquerade in Mexico (1945)See more »
Soundtrack:
Étude No.12 in C minor Op.10-12: RevolutionarySee more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A sophisticated comedy classic, 17 March 1999
Author: Oriel from Athens, Georgia

Although languishing in obscurity in comparison to other great films of 1939, Midnight is a classic that deserves to be ranked among the best comedies. In this sophisticated twist on the Cinderella story, a penniless showgirl (the incomparable Claudette Colbert) passes herself off as a foreign aristocrat to help John Barrymore win back his erring wife from a champagne mogul. If she succeeds in winning this millionaire for herself, she'll have the rich lifestyle--the "tub of butter"--for which she's been scheming, but taxi driver Don Ameche is determined to teach her the age-old lesson that love is better than riches. Not only is the film a delight for fans of Colbert, whose genius for offhand, sophisticated comedy shines here, but viewers are also treated to one of Barrymore's last and funniest performances. Although he is said to have read his lines from cue cards for this film, his performance looks flawless: worldly, cunning, and wildly eccentric. Ameche provides the perfect counterpart for Colbert, holding his own in the dizzying round of deceptions, impersonations, and frivolous lawsuits. This is a sparkling, witty film that should be part of every comedy fan's library.

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