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Middle of the Night (1959)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Betty Preisser
Glenda Farrell ...
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
Effie Afton ...
Mrs. Herbert, the neighbor
Jan Norris ...
Alice Mueller
David Ford ...
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 »

Quotes

Walter Lockman: And when they bury me, they can put on the gravestone, 'This was a big waste of time.'
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Not bad....
26 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

while the theme has been done, certainly for its time this was a bit experimental. Fredric March portrays a 59 year old garment district manufacturer who, recently widowed, is tired of life. He has many friends, a successful business and all the accouterments, but something is missing.

Enter his employee, Betty Preisser (Kim Novak). Recently divorced from a sporadically employed musician, she is uncertain and depressed about her situation. March (Mr. Kingsley) tells her that she must make a decision in life, that it is a sign of maturity. It is not certain at this point whether he is self-serving, or actually trying to help the girl.

The relationship develops as they start to date. There are some amusing scenes with family members, as Novak's friend Marilyn (well-portrayed by Lee Grant) tells her that she should return to her first husband who is still "madly in love with her".

This is a good film for its era, in that there are no pat answers. March's dilemma is that he truly is in love with a young woman 30 years his junior. An interesting story, and well worth more than one viewing. 8/10.


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