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Middle of the Night (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 20 May 1959 (France)
A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

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(screenplay), (based on his play)
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Betty Preisser
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Mrs. Mueller
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Walter Lockman
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Jack
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Marilyn
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George Preisser
Edith Meiser ...
Evelyn Kingsley
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Lillian
Betty Walker ...
Rosalind Neiman, the widow
Lou Gilbert ...
Sherman
Rudy Bond ...
Gould
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Mrs. Herbert, the neighbor
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Alice Mueller
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Paul Kingsley
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A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

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For every girl who was ever involved with an older man!

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20 May 1959 (France)  »

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Mitten in der Nacht  »

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David Ford's feature film debut. See more »

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Walter Lockman: I haven't had ten cent's worth of life! Not a dime! Believe me!
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Excellent Kitchen-Sink Drama That Holds Up Well
30 May 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

"The Catered Affair" is better known today, probably because of the studio that released it and who owns it. "Middle of the Night" is similar and probably better. (It is unquestionably better than "Marty," which seems corny, overstated, and dated today.) Fredric March is magnificent. One can easily see how he was the first stage James Tyrone. He'd already won two Academy Awards but the irascible man in love with a much younger woman here is as good as he ever got. And that's very, very good.

Kim Novak was considered sort of a joke at the peak of her career but her movie performances seem very realistic in the 21st Century. This is maybe not her best. She was a charming comedienne and this is a solemn role. Still, she's good.

This is not unlike "Two For The Seesaw," which was made with a much bigger budget and is atrocious.

It differs in one way in its having a superb and large supporting cast. Everyone is good. Lee Grant, Martin Balsam -- and Glenda Farrell. Torchy Blane grown up and old and with an adult daughter in love with an older man.

The Roundabout Theater Company might look into reviving the stage version of this. It's timely and could be treated in many ways. The Novak character could be even young. She could be a he. However it might be done, it would be good but March would be a hard act to follow.


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