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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.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Mueller
Alice Mueller
Mrs. Herbert
Edith Meiser ...
Evelyn Kingsley
Lillian Englander
Paul Kingsley
Audrey Peters ...
Elizabeth Kingsley
Betty Walker ...
Rosalind Neiman
Rudy Bond ...


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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Release Date:

20 May 1959 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mitten in der Nacht  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Edward G. Robinson had played the Fredric March part on stage. See more »


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 »


Jerry Kingsley: [Talking to Betty] There's an old European saying: I'm an old man, and I've had many troubles. And most of them never happened.
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References Knock on Any Door (1949) See more »

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Stark human drama in the "Marty" vein
30 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky adapted his own play about an elderly workaholic (Fredric March, in a stupendous performance) who reaches out to a beautiful woman half his age...but she's got problems of her own, beginning with her shaky self-confidence. Their sometimes-rocky, sometimes-tender courtship provides the basis for this lovely film. As the sad beauty, Kim Novak has seldom been better (it's amazing that professional critics at the time failed to see the growth in Novak as an actress here, focusing all their attention on March, who indeed is terrific). Great N.Y.C. locations, fine support from the always-reliable Lee Grant. Well worth-seeing. *** from **** (Relatively forgotten for years, the movie made its DVD debut August 2010 as part of a Novak collection.)

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