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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (screen play) and
Billy Wilder (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
24 March 1939 (USA) See more »
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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 night at the Ritz See more (47 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)
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Directed by
Mitchell Leisen 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (screen play) and
Billy Wilder (screen play)

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  (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
 
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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Trivia:
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:
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:
Helene Flammarion:Poor Jacques! Oh, my soul, this is heaven. Baroness Czerny indeed! Of all the impudence. The consummate impudence! We'll take this with us.
Marcel:Now, Helene, don't let's hush this up and don't let's wait until tomorrow. Go on, let's have a lovely scandal!
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Visions of Light (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
Étude No.12 in C minor Op.10-12: RevolutionarySee more »

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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A night at the Ritz, 4 January 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Midnight" was one of the best pictures released in 1939. This delightful comedy was directed by Mitchell Leisen, based on a screen play by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder. One can see the influence of Wilder in the way the story is presented. Mitchell Leisen had a keen eye in the styles of his times, being an art director, as well as a costume designer, as he shows in the film.

Claudette Colbert, one of the most accomplished comediennes of her time, shows why her presence in any project was an asset for the director wanting to employ her. If one adds the immensely talented Don Ameche to play opposite of Ms. Colbert, then success was almost guaranteed. These two actors are perhaps, the best reason for watching "Midnight'.

This screwball comedy of manners will enchant anyone willing to be seduced by its star. It's almost an implausible story, but why ask questions about what we suspect will happen. We just go along and have a great time for an hour and a half watching this movie.

John Barrymore makes an appearance, but he seems so out of character, at times, that we realize he must have been doing this picture out of necessity, rather than artistic duty. In fact, he appears to be reading his lines on cue cards. Not one of Mr. Barrymore's best movies.

The rest of the cast is excellent. Mary Astor, makes an elegant Helene, the woman deceiving her husband. Francis Lederer cuts quite a figure as the lover, who has a roving eye for whatever he could conquer. Rex O'Malley, Monty Woolley, and Hedda Hopper are also seen.

The ultimate triumph for Mr. Leisen seems to be the opulent sets that he and his team have created to give us the feeling we are in the Paris of that time. The women's costumes by Irene reflect the fashions of the sophisticated world where the movie takes place.

Watch the film and enjoy one of the best comedies from that period.

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