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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.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Edwin Blum (screenplay), Edwin Blum (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Joe Martini
Marisa Pavan ... Anna Malatesta
Gilbert Roland ... Sylvio Malatesta
Jay C. Flippen ... Sgt. Jack Gillen
Argentina Brunetti ... Mama Malatesta
Ted de Corsia ... Lt. Kilrain
Richard Monda ... Peanuts Malatesta
Kathleen Freeman ... Rosa Cuneo
Herb Vigran ... Charlie Cuneo (as Herburt Vigran)
Peggy Maley ... Veda Pinelli
John Cliff ... Father Giuseppe
Russ Conway ... Det. Sgt. Sommers
Chico Vejar Chico Vejar ... Frankie Pellatrini
Tito Vuolo ... Grocer
Helen Wallace ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

4 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eyes of Father Tomasino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Murder at Midnight
22 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Midnight Story has Tony Curtis starring as a young motorcycle cop who was raised in an orphanage and the priest who ran it is knifed to death at the midnight hour. As this priest was the single most important figure in his life Curtis wants to get reassigned to homicide to help catch the killer. But he doesn't get reassigned so Curtis quits the San Francisco PD and goes to work on his own. Someone in that Fisherman's Wharf community did the deed and he'll find who it is.

His suspicions fall on Gilbert Roland playing his usual happy go lucky self as one of the fisherman, but Roland is a man who is hiding something obviously.

Curtis's efforts to ingratiate himself with Roland work only too well. He gets a job with him and even boards with his family. He grows to like him and even more important he falls for Marisa Pavan who is Roland's cousin who also boards with him.

Coming right before Tony's breakthrough role in Sweet Smell Of Success, The Midnight Story is a small indication of what Curtis was capable of. He turns in a fine job as the troubled and conflicted cop who wants more than anything to believe Roland is not capable of killing a priest. The real star of the film though is Roland. This part is one of the best he ever did on film.

Some other outstanding performances are Argentina Brunetti as Roland's sister, Ted DeCorsia and Jay C. Flippen as Curtis's police superiors and one that is brief but memorable is Peggy Maley as a potential witness who could finger someone else for the murder. Her scene with Curtis, DeCorsia, Flippen, and Russ Conway as the cops questioning here is quite memorable.

In his memoir Tony Curtis said he liked this film very much. So will you if you see it.


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