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Midnight (1939)

Director: Mitchell Leisen     Starring: Don Ameche Claudette Colbert
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Format: DVD
Sku: 206782291
UPC: 025193312921
UPC 14: 00025193312921
Rating: NR
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An All-Star Sparkling Romantic Comedy.
A showgirl poses as a 'countess' and lives it up with the rich as she hides her true identity.

"...a superbly malicious script by Brackett and Wilder, gorgeous sets and camerawork, and a matchless cast.  Derek Adams, Time Out
"An extremely witty, well-paced comedy which plays beautifully today.  TV Guide's Movie Guide

Editor's Note
A Parisian dancer (Colbert) works her way into French high society by posing as a Hungarian countess. Asked by a wealthy noble to lure a gigolo away from his wife, she soon is given some nice rewards, all the while loved from afar by a cab driver who knows her true identity.


Video Features DVD, English, French, Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/22/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61033129
Video UPC UPC: 00025193312921
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Claudette Colbert
Video Cast Info Don Ameche
Video Cast Info John Barrymore
Video Cast Info Mary Astor
Video Cast Info Arthur Hornblow, Jr. - Producer
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Charles Brackett - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Charles Lang - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Doane Harrison - Editor
Video Cast Info Edwin Justus Mayer - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Franz Schulz - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Frederick Hollander - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Hans Dreier - Art Director
Video Cast Info Mitchell Leisen - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Usher - Art Director
Plot Summary
Claudette Colbert heads a star-studded cast in this frothy romantic comedy.| Showgirl Eve Peabody finds herself alone in Paris until she meets Tibor Czerny, a handsome cabbie. She forgoes a potential fling with Tibor in order to take a curious job for a wealthy man, Georges Flammarion. | Given a lavish wardrobe and a penthouse, Eve is assigned the task of winning the affections of Jacques Picotn, a lady-killer who had previously been wooing Mrs. Flammarion.| Eventually, this cast of colorful characters travels to Versailles, where Georges owns a chateau. Now Eve has a chance to show her dancing talents, and Georges and his wife have an opportunity to rekindle the embers of their marriage.| One thing Eve has not counted on, however, is the taxi driver who has been saving his heart just for her!

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...Classic farce..." -- Rating: B 08/09/1996 p.68

USA Today
"...John Barrymore paces the cast in laughs..." 03/31/1995 p.3D

Variety 7 of 10
Story [from one by Edwin Justus Mayer and Franz Schulz] is light, but with a good share of humorous moments, many of them of the screwball variety. It's a slender thread, however, on which to tie series of incidents in adventures of a stranded showgirl in Paris...After a flirtation with Don Ameche, Claudette Colbert crashes a musicale and poses as a countess. This leads to job for John Barrymore, in which she is to attract the amorous attentions of Francis Lederer away from Barrymore's wife, Mary Astor. For her assignment, Colbert is provided with elaborate wardrobe and a hotel suite...Direction by Mitchell Leisen is generally satisfactory, although picture is slow in getting under way and has several spots that could be tightened. Editing shows sketchiness in several instances.

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