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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 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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"...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:

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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

David Ford's feature film debut. 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

Jerry Kingsley: [Talking to Betty] I can't tell you how often recently I've found myself thinking about dying. "Dying" to you is something that happens to old relatives, but it's a very intimate business to me. I don't expect you to understand this, but in those moments when I'm suddenly impossible to live with, that's probably what's at the bottom of my bad temper.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #4.3 (1970) See more »

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One that stays with you...
16 February 2006 | by texasltxSee all my reviews

I saw this 20 odd years ago on broadcast/cable television. That is one of the reasons why I think this is a great movie; I did not see it in 1959, as it made an impression on me in the forgettable late 80's! It may have been TNT in 1988 or AMC when it started back in the mid 80's. It has stuck with me all these years, and I have been hoping it would come out on VHS/DVD. Kim Novak was a favorite, but Frederich March, even at the end of his career was extraordinary. Novak was ALWAYS good; March was even better. It being filmed in B&W made the relationship between two unlikely lovers even more 'special.' I've always compared this Novak performance with that Technicolor architect movie which escapes me; Novak did it with Kirk Douglas. It was great also, but this is much more touching. All you Novak fans need to find this one. You MUST.


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