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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (screen play by) and
Billy Wilder (screen play by) ...
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(30 articles)
Brackett and Wilder Screenwriting Efforts: From Garbo to Swanson
 (From Alt Film Guide. 10 February 2015, 11:45 PM, PST)

Billy Wilder’s Other Half
 (From Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy. 22 December 2014, 2:15 PM, PST)

Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sleep, My Love
 (From Disc Dish. 9 April 2014, 1:31 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A Sparkling Gem from Hollywood's Golden Era 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 (screen play by) and
Billy Wilder (screen play by)

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 (art direction)
Robert Usher (art direction)
 
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 recording by
Charles Hisserich .... sound recording by
 
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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Trivia:
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.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:
Eve Peabody:From the moment you looked at me, I had an idea you had an idea.See more »
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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Sparkling Gem from Hollywood's Golden Era, 29 March 2005
Author: malvernp from United States

There are few films that can be seen often without the viewer tiring of them. Midnight is one of them. It glides effortlessly through the tinsel and magical world of barons and down-on-their heels showgirls without taking a mean shot at anyone. Claudette Colbert shows that she lost none of her "It Happened One Night" edginess, and Don Ameche gives the performance of his career as the romantic cab driver who sees himself as worthy to steal Colbert away from her rich suitor. John Barrymore may have been in decline at this point in his career-----but this is his last great effort at creating a truly endearing comic character. He does so splendidly. Mary Astor combines beauty and bitchiness in a memorable role. And what is there to say about Rex O'Malley as her gay pal in all this business? It is a shame that he is virtually unknown today, and didn't get many opportunities to show what a fine comic actor he was.

Midnight deserves a much wider audience than it now has. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett have written wonderful comic dialog that continues to charm and amuse today's viewers. And it is without doubt Mitchell Leisen's masterpiece.

This is THE romantic comedy to see with someone you love.

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