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The Midnight Story (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 June 1957 (USA)
When a San Francisco priest is murdered, a policeman, who's a close friend, starts an investigation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Martini
... Anna Malatesta
... Sylvio Malatesta
... Sgt. Jack Gillen
... Mama Malatesta
... Lt. Kilrain
Richard Monda ... Peanuts Malatesta
... Rosa Cuneo
... Charlie Cuneo (as Herburt Vigran)
... Veda Pinelli
... Father Giuseppe
... Det. Sgt. Sommers
Chico Vejar ... Frankie Pellatrini
... Grocer
... Mother Catherine
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Beloved priest Father Thomasino is murdered in a San Francisco alley, and the police have few clues. But traffic cop Joe Martini becomes obsessed with finding the killer; he suspects Sylvio Malatesta. Ordered off the case, Joe turns in his badge and investigates alone. Soon he is a close friend of the Malatesta family, all delightful people, especially lovely cousin Anna. Uncertain whether Sylvio is guilty or innocent, Joe is now torn between old and new loyalties. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The strangest manhunt in the history of crime !


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The Eyes of Father Tomasino  »

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In August 1957, this film was being shown on a double bill with Tammy and the Bachelor (1957). See more »

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Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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One of Tony Curtis' better films of the 1950s.
17 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

While "The Midnight Story" is not among Tony Curtis' more famous films, it is among his better films. The fact that it's a story told without spectacle (such as in "The Vikings") might just account for it being lesser-known...but it deserves to be seen and appreciated.

Joe Martini (Curtis) is a cop who is incredibly upset following the brutal murder of a local priest. This kindly man had helped Joe when he lost his family and Joe is determined to investigate the murder on his own when the detectives can find no leads. So he takes a leave of absence and follows up his one very tenuous lead...a man he saw at the funeral who seemed more affected by the priest's death than anyone else. So, Joe befriends Sylvio (Gilbert Roland) and tries to slowly and casually investigate Sylvio's actions the night of the murder. However, something unexpected happens...Sylvio is so taken with his new 'friend' that he invites Joe to live with him and his family. Now, Joe's in a bind...as he's practically family with the man who MIGHT have killed the priest!

The acting is very good in this one and Gilbert Roland and Tony Curtis put in really nice performances. Additionally, the story is well written--with a dandy finale. Well worth your time.


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