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Director:
Writers:
Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)
Paddy Chayefsky (based on his play)
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Release Date:
20 May 1959 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
For every girl who was ever involved with an older man!
Plot:
A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Frederic March Tango with Kim Novak See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Fredric March ... Jerry Kingsley

Kim Novak ... Betty Preisser
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Mueller

Albert Dekker ... Walter Lockman

Martin Balsam ... Jack

Lee Grant ... Marilyn

Lee Philips ... George Preisser
Edith Meiser ... Evelyn Kingsley

Joan Copeland ... 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
Audrey Peters ... Elizabeth Kingsley
Dora Weissman ... Lucy Lockman
Lee Richardson ... Joey Lockman
Anna Berger ... Caroline
Alfred Leberfeld ... Ellman
Nelson Olmsted ... Erskine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Matthews ... Mickey Hilliard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Delbert Mann 
 
Writing credits
Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)

Paddy Chayefsky (based on his play)

Produced by
George Justin .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Bassman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph C. Brun 
 
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
 
Casting by
Everett Chambers 
 
Production Design by
Leo Kerz 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
 
Set Decoration by
Jack Wright Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Frank L. Thompson 
 
Makeup Department
George Newman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steve Bono .... production manager (as Stephen Bono)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Richard Gramaglia .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
George Bassman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Everett Chambers .... dialogue director
Marguerite James .... script supervisor
Lionel Kaplan .... technical advisor
Joshua Logan .... stage director
Irving Temaner .... production coordinator
 

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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #19293) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "Middle of the Night" opened at the ANTA Playhouse in New York on February 8, 1956, ran for 477 performances and received two Tony Award acting nominations. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the stage play and adapted his work for the movie version. Effie Afton, Martin Balsam, Lee Philips and 'Betty Walker' recreated their stage roles for the movie version.See more »
Quotes:
Jerry Kingsley:[Talking to Betty] There's an old European saying: I'm an old man, and I've had many troubles. And most of them never happened.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Frederic March Tango with Kim Novak, 3 November 2008
Author: barryrd from Canada

This movie is a great, low-budget film with on-location shots of New York. The plot is timeless and the performers good all round. Frederic March is the 56 year-old widower who owns a sweatshop in New York and falls for one of his workers, Kim Novak - one of the leading ladies of the day - who just finished her role as Madeleine in Hitchcock's Vertigo. March's love for Betty (Novak) reawakens in him a spirit that has been missing since his wife died several years before. His sister, who moved in with him, is trying to match him with someone his age but March has no use for her efforts. Then, when he falls for a very young woman, he brings down the wrath of both his sister and his beloved daughter.

Like Marty, another film by director Delbert Mann, the plot involves the lovelorn trying to find love only to be restrained by the expectations of family. The one person who takes his side is his son-in-law, played by Martin Balsam. The movie also features the stalwart New York actor Lee Grant, as a friend of his daughter. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the script which was originally a teleplay. It is greatly enhanced by the street scenes. Contemporary audiences might find it lacking because it is not an action movie. However, it translates very well to the screen and the location shooting of Manhattan in the snow and rain fits the mood. The dialogue, acting and the brooding atmosphere are enhanced by the music of George Bassman. Middle of the Night is still a watchable film that has aged well. I look forward to seeing it again.

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