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The Midnight Story (1957)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  August 1957 (USA)
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Beloved priest Father Thomasino is murdered in a San Francisco alley, and the police have few clues. But traffic cop Joe Martini becomes obsessed with finding the killer; he suspects Sylvio... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joe Martini
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Anna Malatesta
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Sylvio Malatesta
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Sgt. Jack Gillen
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Mama Malatesta
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Lt. Kilrain
Richard Monda ...
Peanuts Malatesta
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Rosa Cuneo
Herb Vigran ...
Charlie Cuneo
Peggy Maley ...
Veda Pinelli
John Cliff ...
Father Giuseppe
Russ Conway ...
Det. Sgt. Sommers
Chico Vejar ...
Frankie Pellatrini
Tito Vuolo ...
Grocer
Helen Wallace ...
Mother Catherine
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Beloved priest Father Thomasino is murdered in a San Francisco alley, and the police have few clues. But traffic cop Joe Martini becomes obsessed with finding the killer; he suspects Sylvio Malatesta. Ordered off the case, Joe turns in his badge and investigates alone. Soon he is a close friend of the Malatesta family, all delightful people, especially lovely cousin Anna. Uncertain whether Sylvio is guilty or innocent, Joe is now torn between old and new loyalties. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In August 1957, this film was being shown on a double bill with Tammy and the Bachelor (1957). See more »

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Grippingly psychological crime drama
28 May 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

In an unusually deep performance, Curtis plays a cop who goes undercover to try to find a priest's murderer. At times, the story seems to teeter on the precipice of turgid melodrama, but Curtis and Roland are always there to right the course. Roland is magnificent as the Italian patriarch whose family Curtis invades. The painstaking attention that the film gives the Italian neighborhood and its collective perspectives pays handsome dividends. Worth a look.


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