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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

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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2 October 2005 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

Several viewings of this film have lead me to the following conclusion

  • that it is a 1950's gem ! I cannot speak more highly of it. Plot and


acting are very impressive and although it is unfortunately filmed in Black and White, this does serve to increase the 1950's atmosphere. The world of Italian Americans is portrayed marvellously and I wonder today whether it is the same ! Unfortunately I do not know any Italian Americans. In general I like films where priests play a rôle although it must be said that that is not the main element here - it's just that the initial murder is that of a priest ! What really interested me was the relationship between Tony Curtis and the Malatesta family - there's also romance too to add to the suspense of "who did the murder". Although I have an excellent VHS recording of this, I would have liked to own it on DVD but it would appear to be one of those films that has fallen into oblivion;


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