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Plot notes in Motion Picture Herald's "The Cutting Room" differ slightly from the plot in the completed film. According to the pre-release review, Powell plays a "clever man about town" who "falls in love with a stage actress who, disappearing when a murder is committed, is linked with the crime." Many reviewers commented on the thematic similarity between this film and M-G-M's 1934 hit The Thin Man . Variety referred to Star of Midnight as a "non-camouflaged follow-up" to the earlier Powell-Myrna Loy film. RKO borrowed Powell from M-G-M for this production. Hollywood Reporter production charts add Sidney Toler and Frank Reicher to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, Star of Midnight earned the studio $265,000. Modern sources credit Mel Berns with makeup and John Miehle as still photographer and add Hooper Atchley (Hotel manager) to the cast.