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Star of Midnight (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 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.


Stephen Roberts


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




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


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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TOGETHER in Arthur Somers Roche's last and greatest mystery drama. A crime thriller with a glorious heart-tug! (Print Ad- Union-Recorder, ((Milledgeville, Ga.)) 23 May 1935) See more »


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William Powell has framed 8x10 photos of RKO actresses Irene Dunne and Ann Harding prominently displayed in his bedroom suite. See more »


When Dal is trying to get Donna to leave the set-up apartment, he reacts too soon to someone at the door opening it. See more »


Clay 'Dal' Dalzell: Swayne, bring me six bottles of Scotch, four bottles of Vichy, two glasses, some cracked ice and a lot of aspirin.
Donna Mantin: What are you going to do?
Clay 'Dal' Dalzell: Get drunk. Watson, you can put away your needle and throw your fingerprint outfit out the window.
Donna Mantin: What's the matter, Sherlock? Aren't we going to play detective any more?
Clay 'Dal' Dalzell: No. When I got to pay a reward to a correspondence school detective and find out the most promising suspect in a murder case I'm investigating is myself, I'd better quit.
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Midnight in Manhattan
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on the phonograph and sung by an unidentified singer
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This movie is thoroughly enjoyable with just the proper balance of
5 January 2001 | by imdb-24See all my reviews

This movie is thoroughly enjoyable with just the proper balance of humour, intrigue, and style that only William Powell is capable of . Ginger Rogers gives one of her better acting performances and seems very natural opposite of William Powell. This is as good as any of the Thin Man series.

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Release Date:

19 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$280,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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