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Midnight Mary (1933)

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


William A. Wellman (as William Wellman)


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




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


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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"YOU'LL COME BACK TO ME...When you're fed up with dreaming of the man you can never get...you'll come back to me begging for the luxuries and comforts I've given you...You'll even learn to LOVE me!" (Print Ad- Syracuse Journal, ((Syracuse, NY)) 26 August 1933) See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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This film received its initial television broadcast in Altoona PA Wednesday 6 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), followed by Minneapolis 31 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Los Angeles 29 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Chicago 10 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Durham NC 5 November 1957 on WTVD (Channel 11), by Tucson 30 November 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by Norfolk VA 4 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Honolulu 24 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13) and by Philadelphia 30 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »


After Tom gets Sam out of the chair at the club, checks his coat and hat, and walks him to the stairs, the boom microphone is clearly visible - reflected in a mirror, upper right of the frame. See more »


Mary Martin: I suppose you think it's a gorgeous thrill dodging coppers, huh?
Tom Mannering Jr.: It's the first excitement I've had since my grandfather fell downstairs and left me 3 million in trust.
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
In the score at Christmas
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Pre-Code Perfection
16 November 2005 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Midnight Mary is the story of a girl who grows up poor, gets involved with people on the wrong side of the tracks, and tries to get out. The film opens and closes with Mary in a court room awaiting the verdict in her trial for murder.

Loretta Young plays Mary; Young is absolutely beautiful and proves to be a great actress in all of her scenes.

Ricardo Cortez plays her gangster boyfriend well enough. He is appropriately sinister at times and average in others.

Una Merkel plays Mary's best friend, a cute and funny smart-cookie type.

Franchot Tone is standout in this film, especially in his romantic scenes in which the kisses are long and passionate, the looks are meaningful, and the chemistry is hot and thick. Otherwise, Tone is sweet and lovable as always.

This film was beautifully photographed and employed great costuming resembling both late 1920s and early 30s styles.

This film was made before the production code that censored everything that came out of Hollywood, so it utilizes many racy scenes. One occurs when Young and Tone blatantly talk about the possibility of sex, another when the far from stiff kisses last longer than three seconds, another when Young whispers dirty things into Cortez's ear, and still another when a girl gets pregnant out of wedlock. There is also some abuse shown.

The ending of the film is very satisfying and concludes a great film.

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Release Date:

30 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady of the Night See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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