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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:
Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche really shine in this screwball comedy... 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:
Barbara Stanwyck was originally slated for the role of Eve Peabody, but was replaced by Claudette Colbert because of scheduling problems.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:Odd, her coming here alone.
Marcel:I notice she didn't go home alone.
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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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche really shine in this screwball comedy..., 29 November 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Screwball comedy is an art and in '39 Charles Brackett wrote a perfectly wonderful one for CLAUDETTE COLBERT and DON AMECHE called MIDNIGHT and directed by the talented Mitchell Leisen.

Claudette is down to her last coin when she stumbles out of a taxi-cab driven by Don Ameche and strolls around Paris in the pouring rain in a gold lame dress, not exactly the picture of a girl down on her luck. But the fun begins when she crashes a party given by a bunch of socialites and has to pretend to be there as a member of high society. She calls herself a Baroness and before long, Ameche has caught up with her and goes along with her impersonation, calling himself a Baron.

Of course, it takes many plot twists and turns for the whole story to come to an end, and by that time there are quite a few laughs provided by Claudette and company. JOHN BARRYMORE is in especially good comic form as a man who wants his wife (MARY ASTOR) to get rid of her lounge lizard boyfriend (FRANCIS LEDERER), who happens to fancy Claudette. REX O'MALLEY has a fey role as a house guest and the cast includes HEDDA HOPPER and MONTY WOOLLEY as an exasperated and befuddled judge.

Claudette has her best role since IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and makes the most of it. She schemes her way in and out of trouble with the disarming charm and ease of an actress who has worn many disguises before.

Summing up: A very winning comedy that is a perfect example of screwball at its best.

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