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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:
Mismatch? 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:
Walter Lockman:And when they bury me, they can put on the gravestone, 'This was a big waste of time.'See more »
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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Mismatch?, 20 August 1999
Author: John Pastore from Cancun, Mx

A previous comment says Fredric March was a 'mismatch' for Kim Novak. Ahh-hum.

Kim Novak was, as well cast as she was, lucky to be in the film with Fredric March. I think she was just 18 years old at the time the film was shot; and her natural innocence was the perfect foil for, not only one of the greatest screen actors of all time, but, in this film, also arriving as 'A Grand Old Man of the Theater' -a very rare accomplishment which mere age does not qualify.

The scene when Fredric March is silently sitting in the chair with mounting facial tremors and fingers atremble spreading a lap blanket as he so reluctantly resigns himself to dotage -until the phone rings and he, again, must become a man of action, is one of the greatest exhibitions of sheer acting power ever to exude on screen.

With Spencer Tracy, he would do it again as Matthew Harrison Brady in "Inherit the Wind", and still again as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman."

Fredric March a "mismatch" for Kim Novak? Fredric March was an absolute powerhouse from the beginning of the movie to its climatic end, and Kim Novak (as the whole of the set) must have been absolutely awestruck by the time the chair scene was finished. I am sure she realized just how priviledged she was to be present amidst such genuine success-in-the-making; and I do believe it even shows when she tells Fredric March that she will marry him.

In any event, not only were there no mismatches, but the match of Fredric March with the director, Paddy Chayefsky was a very great one indeed -Paddy Chayefsky whose unpretentious films have always exuded the greatest humanity, and in this -perfectly matched film- so unpretentiously captured that success.



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