High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
An unemployed showgirl poses as Hungarian royalty to infiltrate Parisian society.
So that's what Don Ameche looked like in his younger days! Quite the dashing gentleman.
All in all a very beautiful and funny cast, highlighted by the eternally great John Barrymore, his facial expressions a delight as always. That face is a treasure. Wish I could grind him up, and sprinkle bits of him onto all films. ALL films.
This is Mitchell Leisen at the top of his game (he made Remember the Night the following year), and it's got some wonderful shots of the streets of Paris.
Though I thoroughly enjoy screwballs, I wish they'd ease up on the high society setting, wich happens more often than not. This time, Colbert plays a street smart gal gold-digging her way…
My first experience a few years ago with Midnight was so wonderful, it somehow has been placed in that special tier of films you can go back to without question when you want an evening of complete enjoyment. Thus was the calling the other night when we were choosing a movie. We wanted something short and marvelous. My wife and I have been navigating some classic screwballs recently with some success, and some failures. Here, we wanted a sure success.
My first impression on this rewatch is that Midnight simply shouldn’t work. Claudette Colbert’s Eve Peabody is outed as a golddigger in the opening scene. She doesn’t really appear to have a heart of gold under her gold lamé. Don…
Lucky Claudette Colbert being surrounded by some of Hollywood's top men at the time. Don Ameche, Francis Lederer and the ever hammy John Barrymore! Or is it the guys that's lucky? Either way this is a semi-Cinderella story of a broke chorus girl getting her world transformed by lovers and Barrymore with a scheming plan of eliminating his wife's lover Lederer by getting him hitched to Colbert. But then there is cab driver Ameche putting sticks into the plan.... and the result is a joyful screwball comedy with tons of personality! Perhaps not my absolute favorite comedy, but it's up there with the classics of the screwball genre!
The charming Claudette Colbert plays Eve, an out-of-work nightclub singer who arrives in Paris completely broke. Taking pity on her sorry state, a taxi driver (Don Ameche) offers to drive her to some nearby nightclubs so that she might find work.
Of course, as these things go, nothing works out as planned, and Eve, unable to find gainful employment, stumbles into a scheme in which she is taken for a member of Hungary's royal party. Wackiness ensues, and after various plot twists, she becomes so embroiled in this plot that once her status as royalty is revealed to be a lie, people do not believe that it's actually a lie.
Midnight is a wonderful screwball fairytale full of wit, charm, and romance. The script, written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, turns the Cinderella fairytale on its head. Cinderella is Eve Peabody, a broke American stranded in Paris with nothing but the beautiful gold evening gown she's wearing (only in a screwball comedy do situations such as these happen). After being driven around town by (and almost falling for) a kind Hungarian taxi driver, Tibor Czerny, she stumbles into a sophisticated party and poses as a Hungarian baroness of the same name. Enter fairy godmother Georges Flammarion who gifts Eve with everything she needs in order to keep up her ruse, with the hopes that she can break up the…
Eve Peabody: [discussing her career as a gold-digger] "I landed a lord, almost."
Tibor Czerny: "Almost?"
Eve Peabody: "Well, the family came between us. His mother came to my hotel and offered me a bribe."
Tibor Czerny: "You threw her out, I hope!"
Eve Peabody: "How could I, with my hands full of money?"
Why have I never seen this before? Just plain delightful!
Part of 100 Films I Really Want to See in 2016 (39/100)
Why I watched this one? Free from library.
What is this one about? Claudette Colbert arrives in town jobless and penniless. Falls in love with cab driver Don Ameche will helping out John Barrymore with his struggling marriage.
My thoughts on this one? I loved this movie. Shocked that I had not really heard of it before. This is by far one of the best screwball comedies that I have ever seen. In the same class as The Awful Truth, Ball of Fire, My Favorite Wife and Bringing Up Baby. Ok I admit I am a huge Cary Grant fan in case you can't by the movies I just listed. A very fun movie to watch....performances are outstanding, the humor…
Rapturous fun. Slim-hipped, wide-eyed Claudette Colbert, stranded in Paris in an evening gown, gets involved with rich, aristocratic John Barrymore, who is trying to regain the affections of his straying wife, Mary Astor, who is hooked on dapper gigolo Francis Lederer. This romantic comedy, directed by Mitchell Leisen for Paramount, from a script by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, is one of the authentic delights of the 30s. The cast includes Hedda Hopper, Monty Woolley, Elaine Barrie, Rex O'Malley, and Don Ameche. Actually, Ameche has an important role; he isn't bad--for Ameche. Based on a story written for the screen by Edwin Justus Mayer and Franz Schulz.
Like a hot fudge sundae, delicious and rich and decadent. Third act trial actually earned!? Could only be made in '39.
Very fun romantic comedy with some truly inspired screwball moments - as per her usual, Claudette Colbert is absolutely fantastic.
what a lovely story
"What a day. I'd like to eat it with a spoon."
SAW: in Norris Theatre, visiting 190 with Jessica, for the full Drew Casper Experience
An unending delight. Barrymore is, of course, the MVP.
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