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Midnight (1939) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by William LeBaron and Arthur Hornblow Jr..

Midnight was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2013.

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COMEDY GOLD #12: The telephone conversation from Midnight (1939)

By Carol Martinheira on Feb 15, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

COMEDY GOLD #12: The telephone conversation from Midnight (1939) On February 15, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Midnight (dir. Mitchell Leisen, 1939) is one of the many, many gems that came out in Hollywood’s greatest ever year. Not only that, but the Billy Wilder... Read full article

book: Under the Midnight Sun (1999; trans 2015 Alexander O. Smith, Joseph Reeder) by Keigo Higashino

By John Grant on Oct 14, 2018 From Noirish

In Osaka in the early 1970s, a pawnbroker is found savagely murdered in an abandoned building. The crime fascinates Detective Sasagaki, but when, over the next year, the two major suspects die — one in a traffic accident, the other in what everyone thinks is suicide although murder and misadve... Read full article

Midnight (1939)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 10, 2018 From 4 Star Films

“You’re in a fine mess! You got to get a divorce from a man you’re not even married to!” It was only a recent revelation that Claudette Colbert at times feels far too sophisticated to be playing beautiful hitchhikers or penniless taxi passengers as she does in It Happened One... Read full article

snapshot: Half Past Midnight (1948)

By John Grant on Aug 22, 2018 From Noirish

US / 69 minutes / bw / Sol M. Wurtzel, Twentieth Century?Fox Dir:?William F. Claxton Pr:?Sol M. Wurtzel Scr:?Arnold Belgard Cine:?Benjamin Kline Cast:?Kent Taylor, Peggy Knudsen, Joe Sawyer, Walter Sande, Martin Kosleck, Mabel Paige, Gil Stratton Jr., Jean Wong, Jane Everett, Damian O?Flynn, Richard... Read full article

Chimes of Midnight (1965)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 30, 2017 From 4 Star Films

“There live not three good men unhanged in England. And one of them is fat and grows old.” It seems Orson Welles never did anything on a cursory level. There’s always a gravitas — the unique personality of the man displayed in his work whether it is behind the camera or in fr... Read full article

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Quotes from

Helene Flammarion: Poor Jacques! Oh, my soul, this is heaven. Baroness Czerny indeed! Of all the impudence. The consummate impudence! We'll take this with us.
Marcel: Now, Helene, don't let's hush this up and don't let's wait until tomorrow. Go on, let's have a lovely scandal!

Helene Flammarion: Odd, her coming here alone.
Marcel: I notice she didn't go home alone.

Jacques Picot: I'm terribly sorry. It's difficult to concentrate on cards... sometimes.
Eve Peabody: [Referring to Jacques' dislike of Helene's feathered hat] Naturally, when you're worrying about the future of the ostrich plume.
Helene Flammarion: I don't think that's very funny.
Jacques Picot: I do.
Eve Peabody: Well, thanks.

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Facts about

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
After Wilder and Brackett fought with director Mitchell Leisen to make sure as much of their work made on the screen as possible, Wilder was convinced he had to direct the scripts they wrote and Brackett was convinced he had to produce.
When John Barrymore was cast, it was well known that his alcoholism would necessitate some accommodation. This accounted for the presence in the cast of his young wife, Elaine Barrie. When he could not remember some of his lines, they were written out on blackboards just off camera, and both his irascibility and sense of humor were well in evidence. At one point one of the female assistants on the set went into the ladies room, only to be confronted with the sight of Barrymore, his back turned, relieving himself. "You can't be here," she protested, "it's just for ladies." He turned around and retorted, "So's this!"
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Released 1939
Inducted 2013

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