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Star of Midnight (1935)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Mystery | 19 April 1935 (USA)
When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director:

Stephen Roberts

Writers:

Howard J. Green (screenplay), Anthony Veiller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Clay 'Dal' Dalzell
Ginger Rogers ... Donna Mantin
Paul Kelly ... Jimmy 'Jim' Kinland
Gene Lockhart ... Horatio Swayne
Ralph Morgan ... Roger Classon
Leslie Fenton ... Tim Winthrop
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Inspector Doremus
Russell Hopton ... Tommy Tennant
Vivien Oakland ... Jerry Classon
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Sgt. Cleary
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Storyline

Friend Tim Winthrop asks criminal lawyer and amateur detective Clay Dalzell to find his girl, Alice, who disappeared a year earlier without a trace. When they go to the theater with Clay's would-be fiancée, Donna Mantin, Tim recognizes the star, Mary Smith, as his girl, and yells "Alice," after which she bolts from the stage and disappears once again. Reporter Tommy Tennant knows why she bolted, but before he can tell Clay the reason, he is shot dead and Clay is wounded slightly in Clay's apartment. The many suspects include Roger Classon and his wife, Jerry, who are looking for Alice to testify and save Roger's friend from the electric chair for a murder he didn't commit; Abe Ohlman, the producer of Mary's show; and gangster Jimmy Kinland who seems to know more than he's telling. It's up to Clay, with the help of Donna, to trap the murderer and find Alice. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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The titian-haired star of "Gay Divorcee" and "Roberta" joins hands with the master of all screen sleuths in a sparkling, mystery drama breathless with thrills...


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den maskerade demonen See more »

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Budget:

$280,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film, William Powell's character says that people consider him "Charlie Chan, Philo Vance and the Saint all rolled into one." Powell previously played Philo Vance on five occasions, in The Canary Murder Case (1929), The Greene Murder Case (1929), The Benson Murder Case (1930), Paramount on Parade (1930) and The Kennel Murder Case (1933). See more »

Quotes

Donna Mantin: Now, now, boy scout, you did your good deed. Somebody had to do something for the poor girl.
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Soundtracks

Midnight in Manhattan
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on the phonograph and sung by an unidentified singer
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One of my favorite films
6 December 2003 | by medea_argosSee all my reviews

Yes this movie is a rip off of The Thin Man, but that doesn't mean that it's not good at what it does. I for one appreciate that it is more light hearted, silly and goofy. This film quickly became one of my own & my husband's favorite movies. Ginger is adorable, and she & William Powell have great chemistry together.


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