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Class distinction, infidelity, false identity... these were daring ingredients for a 1939 comedy, and Midnight (a casebook display of Paramount's shimmering studio style of the '30s) is as fresh today as it was when first released. The silky perfection of the Wilder-Brackett screenplay is expertly served by Leisen (a director who deserves ranking with Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges), and Colbert is merely the brightest star in a flawless cast of screwball veterans. Poking fun at the elite was a Wilder-Brackett specialty, and Barrymore is particularly savvy to the material, giving a performance that's simultaneously sly, desperate, and hilariously inspired. The plot is so elegantly executed that Midnight makes most comedies of later decades look pale in comparison. Gone are the days, it seems, when sophistication, wit, and good taste were an integral part of Hollywood comedy. Midnight offers all of those qualities in abundance, making it a perfect antidote to the crudeness that dominates mainstream comedy at the turn of the millennium. --Jeff Shannon
If you like old romantic comedies a la Preston Sturges, Frank Capra, etc., I highly recommend this movie.
I won't say much more so you can watch and enjoy this movie without spoilers; suffice it to say that the rest of the film shows how everything works out.
Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Mary Astor, and John Barrymore give great performances and are well complimented by the rest the cast.
My husband and I love old movies, and just recently discovered this one - what a treasure! Claudette Colbert glitters on screen, John Barrymore is quite a hoot (the scene where he... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julienne Williams
Truly a "Classic". Lots of fun. If you haven't seen it, you should...if like to laugh.Published 2 months ago by Jimbo
i really enjoyed this movie and claudette colbert is funny.this was a good fit for her.Published 3 months ago by alisha
Great fun. Watched with folks who are almost 90 and had a good time as they were able to share some tidbits about the actors and the piece that enriched the experience. Read morePublished 5 months ago by hh
Too, too cute! I love Colbert and Don Ameche is just too much. Pretend to be someone you are not and it could back-fire big time! Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Conner
For those people who feel that "old" movies are not entertaining enough this one is for you. It kinda is slow for the first . . . oh 5 minutes . . . Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. T. Peterson