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Midnight

3.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, Henry Hull. An absorbing look at capital punishment from the eyes of a jury foreman, hounded by the press and his family after sending a woman to die in the electric chair. Released in the U.S. as Call It Murder. 1934/b&w/73 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Henry Hull, Margaret Wycherly
  • Directors: Chester Erskine
  • Writers: Chester Erskine, Claire Sifton, Paul Sifton
  • Producers: Chester Erskine
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056NWN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Midnight" on IMDb

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If you are looking at the Image Entertainment DVD, ignor any other reviews that refer to Madacy or other inferior cheapie DVD companies. This DVD has been RESTORED from a very nice print!
VERY MELODRAMATIC & over acted like a silent movie! It is the movie itself that I rate 3 stars. This is for devoted Bogart fans who want to experience his early work. He is only a supporting player who appears in less than half the movie, yet his character steals the show. His acting style stands out from the others and you can for-see the potential for his future.
Don't expect Casablanca or even They Drive By Night, expect to see Bogie learning his trade. And try not to laugh at the melodramatic stars of the show.
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This movie is hyped as "Starring Humphrey Bogart," however, when you sit down to watch it, Bogie's camera time last all but 3 1/2 minutes. The premise is interesting though--as it provides a moral dilemma that's still got an edge. Maybe a good candidate for a remake...
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My primary complaint about this DVD is that the sound track is 8 to 10 seconds behind the video track. I found it very difficult to follow and gave up after 5 minutes. I hope I can return it!
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I have been on something of a Humphrey Bogart tear of late. And when I get on the occasional tear I tend to grab everything of an author, singer, artist, or actor in sight. And hence this review of very much lesser known Humphrey Bogart film, Call It Murder. If you are looking for the Humphrey Bogart of To Have or To Have Not, Casablanca, The Big Sleep or even The Petrified Forest then you will be disappointed. Bogart plays a relatively minor role as, well what else, a second- rate cheap hoodlum whose heading out of town fast, or so that is his plan. So no one should be offended if you pass this one by.

Pass by is what I originally intended to do as well except when I thought about it this film is actually a very good example of the kind of social film critique that was popular and produced during the turbulent and trying 1930s. The subject here is the death penalty, its application, and its basic appropriateness in an evolving progressive society (or that has pretensions to civilization). The plot line centers on a woman who has killed her abusive husband when he was going to run out on her leaving her high and dry. At trial the foreman of the jury, a self-righteous and upright citizen, persuades his fellow jurors that she is guilty of murder one, and hence headed for the electric chair. Since there was no "battered person" defense then she was convicted and sentenced to die.

The dramatic tension of the film comes when that self-righteous juror is bombarded with pleas from all kinds of sources to call for sparing her life. He maintains his stance and she is executed. And here is where Bogie comes in. He has been seeing the juror's daughter, she has fallen in love with him, and as mentioned before, he is ready to fly to the coop.
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First off, I'm reviewing the movie, not the physical DVD product. This is an early film featuring Bogart that would surely be forgotten if he wasn't in it. The other actors are melodramatic and the story, even with its "twist" ending, is a bit too mechanical to enjoy. Bogart is the best thing about it, but people didn't seem to realize it at the time and his role is not that big. As usual at this time he played a gangster type, and I don't want to give anything away, but I swear that Bogart got shot to death more than any other actor in the 1930s!

I'm a huge Bogart fan and I've sought out anything I could find with him. This is worth seeing once if you also love Bogart, but if you're just a casual film viewer, avoid it. There's plenty of better Bogart films.
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Unfortunately I quickly discovered that this movie has one major problem, is soundtrack doesn't match the active. The copy I received the soundtrack is several seconds behind the action, which is very annoying, to the point I wasn't able to finish the movie. Classic Bogart.
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Just like most other titles from Madacy Entertainment, this digital copy is unwatchable. Sound out of sync from video, hiss, scratch and pop sounds continuously, image jumps around and is unsteady. No disclosure of any faults on the dust jacket. Puke in a box!
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will be executed tonight. This much seems certain. The movie is billed as a Psycho-drama. Is there such a genre'?
The foreman of the jury that convicts the women is a tortured soul. So is his daughter. She seems to have internalized the condemned woman's plight. The foreman also seems to be very chummy with the prosecuting DA. The daughter is in love with a shady character. That where Bogart comes in. At this point it's really no spoiler to discover he has been murdered. That very night he decides to dump her. She doesn't take it well. She confesses the whole thing to her family. Her father the foreman calls the DA. Still that night he comes right over. They begin to spin her confession. To have a women murder her lover the same way on the same night another women is being executed is very dicey for the foreman as well as the DA. Especially if it is the foreman's daughter. That's it in a nutshell. Good late night fare.
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