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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 ... 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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For every girl who was ever involved with an older man! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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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

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

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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: Listen, sonny boy. Love, no matter how shabby it may seem, is still a beautiful thing. Everything else is nothing.
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References The Fighting O'Flynn (1949) See more »

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Frederic March Tango with Kim Novak
3 November 2008 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

This movie is a great, low-budget film with on-location shots of New York. The plot is timeless and the performers good all round. Frederic March is the 56 year-old widower who owns a sweatshop in New York and falls for one of his workers, Kim Novak - one of the leading ladies of the day - who just finished her role as Madeleine in Hitchcock's Vertigo. March's love for Betty (Novak) reawakens in him a spirit that has been missing since his wife died several years before. His sister, who moved in with him, is trying to match him with someone his age but March has no use for her efforts. Then, when he falls for a very young woman, he brings down the wrath of both his sister and his beloved daughter.

Like Marty, another film by director Delbert Mann, the plot involves the lovelorn trying to find love only to be restrained by the expectations of family. The one person who takes his side is his son-in-law, played by Martin Balsam. The movie also features the stalwart New York actor Lee Grant, as a friend of his daughter. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the script which was originally a teleplay. It is greatly enhanced by the street scenes. Contemporary audiences might find it lacking because it is not an action movie. However, it translates very well to the screen and the location shooting of Manhattan in the snow and rain fits the mood. The dialogue, acting and the brooding atmosphere are enhanced by the music of George Bassman. Middle of the Night is still a watchable film that has aged well. I look forward to seeing it again.


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