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Midnight (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 March 1934 (USA)
The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

Director:

Chester Erskine (as Chester Erskin)

Writers:

Paul Sifton (play), Claire Sifton (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Fox ... Stella Weldon
O.P. Heggie ... Edward Weldon
Henry Hull ... Nolan
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Weldon
Lynne Overman ... Joe Biggers (as Lynn Overman)
Katherine Wilson Katherine Wilson ... Ada Biggers
Richard Whorf ... Arthur Weldon
Humphrey Bogart ... Gar Boni
Granville Bates ... Henry McGrath
Cora Witherspoon ... Elizabeth McGrath
Moffat Johnston Moffat Johnston ... Dist. Atty. Plunkett (as Moffat Johnson)
Henry O'Neill ... Ingersoll (as Henry O'Neil)
Helen Flint ... Ethel Saxton
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Storyline

The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

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murder | execution | trial by jury | See All (3) »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Call It Murder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

All Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Atlanta Tuesday 13 September 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), in New York City Tuesday 18 October 1949 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), and in Cincinnati Saturday 10 December 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

During Stella and Gar's first meeting in the court room, audible clicks can be heard between their line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ethel Saxon: You see, I loved him. I mean I loved him when... when he didn't love me anymore, day in and day out watching him get further and further away from me. I could see in his eyes when he looked at me... I could see he hated me, hated me because I needed him. Oh, I was so frightened, so mixed up. It's so horrible to see someone who's become part of you slipping away, slowly. To feel helpless and empty, lonely and frantic, wanting to do something, anything, anything to bring him back! To...
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Alternate Versions

In the retitled version, "Call it Murder" Humphrey Bogart's billing is moved to above the title. See more »

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Referenced in Press Gang: Day Dreams (1992) See more »

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Music by Felix Arndt
Played on the radio as Nolan is demonstrating the set to Joe.
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Ethel Saxton Dies Tonight!
17 June 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Somewhat stagy drama about a jury foreman (O.P. Heggie) who's very strict on law & order convicting a woman of murder and sending her to the chair. Everyone seems to be upset with the juror, including the press and his family. Of note today only because Humphrey Bogart's in it. Unfortunately he has a small part. It's not a bad film of its kind. Heggie is certainly a quality actor. Top-billed Sidney Fox plays his daughter, whose story is where Bogie fits into things. The rest of the cast is okay, with Henry Hull being the most remarkable. It's a movie that obviously has points to make about capital punishment and the legal system not being fair for all. But it's a bit creaky and drags and kind of falls on its face in the final act. Worth a look for Bogart completists. Also of interest to O.P. Heggie and Henry Hull buffs. If there aren't any, there should be!


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