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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...


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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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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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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

Clay 'Dal' Dalzell: How did you get this?
Donna Mantin: For the neat little sum of fourteen dollars and sixty cents for a long distance call to Chicago. On your telephone, by the way.
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Pop Goes the Weasel
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Played in Dal's bathroom
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Lawyer/detective William Powell and his would-be wife, Ginger Rogers, combine to make a pleasant who-dun-it.
7 December 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

The plot was a bit loose and incredulous, but no movie with William Powell and Ginger Rogers can be bad. It slightly resembles the much better film, The Thin Man (1934), but it was fun nevertheless. Powell and Rogers have good chemistry together and provide some of the comedy with their antics, with other comedy supplied by inept police officer, Robert Emmett O'Connor. I guessed who the murderer was early, but couldn't provide the motive until it was explained.


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