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Middle of the Night (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 20 May 1959 (France)
A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay), Paddy Chayefsky (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Novak ... Betty Preisser
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Mueller
Jan Norris ... Alice Mueller
Lee Grant ... Marilyn
Effie Afton ... Mrs. Herbert
Lee Philips ... George Preisser
Fredric March ... Jerry Kingsley
Edith Meiser ... Evelyn Kingsley
Joan Copeland ... Lillian Englander
Martin Balsam ... Jack Englander
David Ford ... Paul Kingsley
Audrey Peters Audrey Peters ... Elizabeth Kingsley
Betty Walker Betty Walker ... Rosalind Neiman
Albert Dekker ... Walter Lockman
Rudy Bond ... Gould
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Storyline

Fifty-six year old Jerry Kingsley, the co-owner/co-operator of Lock Lee Fashions, a New York based garment manufacturer and wholesaler, has been widowed for two years. His older spinster sister, Evelyn Kingsley, moved in with him in his apartment following Jerry's wife's passing to take care of him, she who has always assumed the role as family caregiver. One of Jerry's married daughters, twenty-five year old Lillian Englander, believes Evelyn has a neurotic fixation on Jerry, Lillian unaware that her own fixation on her father is just as strong. Evelyn tries to arrange dates for Jerry, primarily with lonely widows, something he resists in wanting to find a woman on his own despite his own loneliness. Unlike his married business partner, fifty-nine year old Walter Lockman, who is always chasing after "tootsies" and "floozies", Jerry wants someone to love. After learning her story, Jerry thinks he's found the woman in Lock Lee's twenty-four year old receptionist, Betty Preisser. Betty,... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

"...if I stopped to think all the time, do you think I'd be here now, going away like a little tramp for a weekend with a man three times my age!" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mitten in der Nacht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sudan Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an article in the 12 March 1957 edition of Daily Variety, when Columbia won the bidding for the film rights to Chayefsky's play, the studio considered Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, and James Cagney for the lead. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene in Jerry's apartment, the camera pulls too far back; several pieces of tape, indicating marks for the actors and furniture, are clearly visible on the carpet. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Kingsley: [at 01:48:40] Get away from me.
Betty Preisser: [01:48:43] I love you, Jerry. I need you. I don't know what to do without you.
Jerry Kingsley: [at 01:48:45] That's a lousy kind of love.
Betty Preisser: [at 01:48:47] Well, it's the only kind of love I know. I'd be a good wife to you, Jerry. I promise you that.
[Thanks to subzin.com for quotes]
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Powerful film concerning the older younger relationship
24 January 2006 | by drudanSee all my reviews

Many years ago I caught this movie on the "Bill Kennedy at the movies" show. It was the film that turned me on to Frederick March and Kim Novak. Both were powerful in there roles. The subject matter, older man younger woman hasn't really been explored in film to the extent I think it warrants. "Lolita is another such film, but I'm hard pressed to come up with others. I would love to see this film again after all those years to see if it still holds up to my standard of excellence, but alas, it seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. I've watched for it on TCM and AMC, but I've never seen it listed. I don't know who owns the rights to it, but hope someday to see this film again.


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