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Midnight Mary (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 30 June 1933 (USA)
An abused orphan sinks into a life of crime.

Director:

William A. Wellman (as William Wellman)

Writers:

Anita Loos (original story), Gene Markey (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Mary Martin
Ricardo Cortez ... Leo Darcy
Franchot Tone ... Tom Mannering Jr.
Andy Devine ... Sam Travers
Una Merkel ... Bunny
Frank Conroy ... District Attorney
Warren Hymer ... Angelo
Ivan F. Simpson ... Tindle (as Ivan Simpson)
Harold Huber ... Puggy
Sandy Roth Sandy Roth ... Blimp
Martha Sleeper ... Barbara Mannering
Charley Grapewin ... Clerk (as Charles Grapewin)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Churchill
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Charlie - the Cop
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Storyline

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady of the Night See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally conceived as a vehicle for Jean Harlow. See more »

Goofs

In the opening courtroom scene, the Cosmopolitan magazine edition that Mary is reading differs between the long and close-up shots. The edition she reads in long shots is the February, 1933 edition and in close-up shots, she reads the May, 1933 edition. See more »

Quotes

Mary Martin: Sometimes I think if I don't get away from you, I'll go out of my mind.
Leo Darcy: You'll never get away from me. You belong to me, remember?
Mary Martin: I've never belonged to you.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
In the score at Christmas
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Awesome, jaw-dropping pre-code
6 January 2005 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

Midnight Mary is essential viewing for the pre-code fanatic. I am not a big fan of Loretta Young and her bug eyes, but she was superb in this, as a good girl who suffers some rotten luck along the way to becoming a gangster's doll and prized possession. Ricardo Cortez was incredibly sexy and smooth as the jealous gangster; what a fascinating performance. Franchot Tone was his usual handsome, sophisticated self, but the weakest link in the film. His energy level can't compete with Ricardo's. From the opening courtroom scenes, with Loretta reading a Hearst Cosmopolitan magazine (with only her bug eyes showing), to the inevitable ending, this film will keep any pre-code viewer on the edge of their seat. 9 out of 10.


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