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A smart, overlooked screwball comedy. Colbert is a penniless showgirl in Paris who poses as a Hungarian baroness; Ameche and Astor are solid, but Barrymore steals the show. The story is splendid with rich characters and dialogue. This is a witty, quintessential Paramount film. I give it a 4/5.
The best screwball comedy of all time!
- Mr. Blandings
You'd be hard-pressed to find any flaws with this classic gem. Claudette Colbert is in top comedic form as the independant and adorable Eve Peabody who finds herself propelled from one unexpected twist to another in the City of Lights. This movie is charming, unpredictable, and oh so funny! Don Ameche is also great as the equally stubborn cabbie and love interest, and John Barrymore is a riot as Eve's well-to-do "fairy godmother." The scene where Colbert and Ameche engage in bluff and counter-bluff at the estate is priceless, and Barrymore tops them all with one word: "Da-da!" If you're trying to introduce someone you know to classic films, this is the one to do it with. It is fresh and modern and just plain fun. The unfortunate thing about this film is that it is underrated and often goes unnoticed, probably because its title "Midnight" just doesn't capture its sense of humor and fun. Perhaps a more catchy title like "The Cinderella Syndrome" or "The Pumpkin Hour" might have made it stand out better. Regardless, "Midnight" deserves to be watched ... and re-watched!
Midnight: A hilarious light comedy
- Andy Alburger
Whoever loves screwball comedies will absolutely adore this film. Midnight is a very funny light screwball which never takes itself too serious. Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche and John Barrymore stars in this laugh-out-loud comedy about penniless showgirl Eve Peabody (Colbert), who in Paris, poses as a Hungarian countess, with the help of rich aristocrat Georges Flammarion (Barrymore). But can she stop herself from falling in love with yet another poor man (Ameche). In Midnight, there's humor throughout. If you're ever confused and questioning a part, this film doesn't let you ling on to that thought to long. The acting is fantastic from all the cast members, also including Francis Lederer and Mary Astor. But Colbert is by far the best. She charms and perfects her role and I couldn't think of anyone better for her role. The directing from Mitchell Leisen is great, but it's the Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett screenplay that really has you laughing. It's filled with many hilarious jokes and situations you'll remember. Another terrific 1939 movie I've seen. Midnight is an excellent comedy!
- Mark Sutch
Um filme divertido
Um filme incrivelmente divertido, suave e com a Claudette Colbert sempre vale a pena assisitir. Ótimo filme.
- James Higgins
Incredibly funny comedy with a superb cast, everyone is great, right down to the smallest roles. Claudette Colbert is outstanding but it's John Barrymore that steals the show. A real gem of a classic, comedies this good are rare.
Barbara Stanwyck as Mme Czerny
- Jarrod McDonald
I read that Stanwyck was supposed to play the lead but a scheduling conflict prevented it. She got her chance to do a similar con artist role in the screwball classic 'The Lady Eve' a few years later. Still, I can't help but think how Stanwyck would've done the scenes when Eve Peabody wakes up in the suite and finds all those clothes then receives the offer from Barrymore's character. That does seem like pure Barbara material to me. I think Claudette is good in the part and brings an air of sophistication to it, but she doesn't come across as hard-pressed as I think Stanwyck would've. Don Ameche is excellent and so is Mary Astor with a very good supporting performance. My favorite scene stealer is Hedda Hopper as the socialite, Stephanie. This film has so many great characters and the cast seems to be having such fun as the situations keep piling up and it gets more (plausibly) absurd. Monty Woolley is good in the final sequence, but I would've preferred seeing a final shot of the lovers as they got married.
A Classic Comedy
- Carl Wood
From beginning to end, this is a captivating and hilarious film. The big pay off comes when Don Ameche's character arrives at the party - one of the great movie "pauses" ever!
I love this movie! It's so cute and funny, and Colbert and Ameche do a fabulous job. Can't wait for the remake! =)
CLASSIC SCREWBALL COMEDY
My first encounter with MIDNIGHT was years ago. And until recently, I never saw it on TCM's program schedule. I missed the last viewing--work kept me late and I don't have a DVR. But I digress. MIDNIGHT is one of those rare screwball comedies that one must see. And it has the greats of that era--Barrymore, Colbert, Ameche to name a few. It's on a par with IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, MR. DEEDS COMES TO TOWN, THE LADY EVE, and that movie with James Cagney and Bette Davis...Runaway Bride? a real scream! I can't fathom just WHY Midnight hasn't been shown more often? And WHY are some of those other movies played again and again and again??!!! MIDNIGHT is a grand old fascinating comedy of which millions of today's moviegoers are being deprived. SHOW IT! SHOW IT! FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE S-H-O-W IT!!!! Yours truly, an avid movie buff
Where has this movie been??
This was great! I had never seen this before. I recorded it on my dvr, and didn't watch it for a week or so, I wasn't sure I was even going to, then one night, I couldn't sleep so I turned it on! I love this movie! John Barrymore was my favorite character. It is full of wonderful actors and it is just an adorable movie. I can't believe it is not shown more often...
The movie was entertaining. It was a delight to watch. The humor was cady and refreshing. It is nice to see these types of movies.
Love those situation comedies.
I really enjoyed this movie. I saw it by accident when I could not sleep one night. I laughed to hard, I still could not sleep just thinking about it. What a fun adventure. Story is good.
It's love pure and simple but they are to pig headed to see it at the same time. You want to love someone but at the same time you don't want to hold them back. It also helps an already married couple in a hilarious way. I really want this movie to be on dvd. She is one of my favorita acters. I also fell in love with Don in theis movie too. HE is also great!