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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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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 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the opening credits, looking out of the back of the truck as it is driving in Manhattan, New York City, it is first on West 38th St., then turns right onto 7th Avenue (aka Fashion Avenue), and then passes the Dubrow's Cafeteria at 513 7th Ave. The truck then turns right onto West 37th St. and stops. The delivery person appears to be headed to the door at 218 W. 37th St. 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

Walter Lockman: I haven't had ten cent's worth of life! Not a dime! Believe me!
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This is a jewel of a movie
7 January 2003 | by lorelei1-1See all my reviews

that I taped years ago and watch every so often. It's a good thing I did as it is not yet available on either VHS or DVD. The first time I ever saw this movie on television was way back when I was a teenager and I was babysitting. It's one of those movies where each time I watch it I see things I missed before; either in someone's performance or in the way a scene is filmed or something else. Fredric March is just flawless as a self-made businessman and widower in his fifties and Kim Novak is edgy as the beautiful but damaged and insecure young woman working at his company. Everyone calls her somnambulistic, but in this movie I could feel her nerves jump right through her skin at times. I thought she was very good in the role. I have to mention that one of my favorite characters in it is the son-in-law, Jack, played by Martin Balsam--a fantastic actor, of course, but he is so great in this, that, although he's not in many scenes--he just knocks me over every time I watch it. The characters all sound so true to life, of course, because they were written by Paddy Chayefsky. I found the subject matter fascinating and believable and although the standout performance was definitely that of Fredric March, playing all facets of a mature man, all actors involved were right on the mark. When WILL they make this movie available on VHS or DVD? My home-made tape looks crummy, I admit it! (And the movie is hardly ever shown on television any more) Anyway, this is one of my favorite 100 films.


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