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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Betty Preisser
... Mrs. Mueller
... Alice Mueller
... Marilyn
... Mrs. Herbert
... George Preisser
... Jerry Kingsley
Edith Meiser ... Evelyn Kingsley
... Lillian Englander
... Jack Englander
... Paul Kingsley
Audrey Peters ... Elizabeth Kingsley
Betty Walker ... Rosalind Neiman
... Walter Lockman
Rudy Bond ... Gould
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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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20 May 1959 (France)  »

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Mitten in der Nacht  »

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The original Broadway production of "Middle of the Night" opened at the ANTA Playhouse in New York on February 8, 1956, ran for 477 performances and received two Tony Award acting nominations. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the stage play and adapted his work for the movie version. Effie Afton, Martin Balsam, Lee Philips and 'Betty Walker' recreated their stage roles for the movie version. 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

Walter Lockman: And when they bury me, they can put on the gravestone, 'This was a big waste of time.'
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References Knock on Any Door (1949) See more »

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Heart Wrenching With A Dose Of Reality
25 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film was such a pleasure to watch. The New York locations used gave the film a very "true to life" aspect. Novak's and March's acting was excellent. They both did an excellent job respectively portraying a girl whose really looking for a father and a man who understands that but yet feels that she is capable of more. The ending is very satisfying because you're glad they've overcome the objections, but you realize that their problems are hardly over.


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