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Director:
Writers:
Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)
Paddy Chayefsky (based on his play)
Contact:
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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:
Excellent Kitchen-Sink Drama That Holds Up Well See more (37 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)

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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Language:
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:Listen, sonny boy. Love, no matter how shabby it may seem, is still a beautiful thing. Everything else is nothing.See more »
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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Kitchen-Sink Drama That Holds Up Well, 30 May 2005
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

"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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