An unemployed showgirl poses as Hungarian royalty to infiltrate Parisian society.
An unemployed showgirl poses as Hungarian royalty to infiltrate Parisian society.
Claudette Colbert Don Ameche John Barrymore Francis Lederer Mary Astor Elaine Barrie Hedda Hopper Rex O'Malley Monty Woolley Armand Kaliz Gino Corrado Bess Flowers Eugene Borden Paul Bryar Jack Chefe André Cheron Eddie Conrad Gennaro Curci Billy Daniels Leander De Cordova Joe De Stefani Carlos De Valdez Elspeth Dudgeon William Eddritt Arno Frey Robert Graves Sam Harris William Hopper Judith King Show All…
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.
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)
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…
The wonderfullest version of Cinderella ever committed to celluloid.
One of my very favourite movies. It's so glamorous and romantic and funny.
Except I wouldn't want to be whacked up to nine times with something the diameter of a broom for being a disobedient wife (this isn't the Middle Ages! I agree with Jacques: "My dear baron! The day is passed when a man forbids his wife anything."). And Tibor goes into many a fit of violent rage; don't marry him, sweetheart! It's not going to get better!
Lieve come una piuma che volteggia nell'aria serotina di una Parigi primaverile, fra feste e balli, mentre la notte si avvicina con tutte le sue irresistibili tentazioni.
John Barrymore immortale.
At our friend's suggestion, we rented this 1939 screwball comedy. Once again, Claudette Colbert is the leading lady, with her leading man played by Don Ameche, better known today for "Cocoon" and "Trading Places".
Colbert is a broke singer that arrives in Paris (Where everyone conveniently speaks perfect English) in search of a singing gig. She is picked up by a Hungarian taxi driver (Ameche), who drives her around to various clubs to audition. He invites her to spend the night at his place while he works all night. She bolts and sneaks into a posh high-class party. When the people running the party learn they have a crasher, she claims the name of the taxi driver, which happens to…
A fun 1930's comedy. It's quick paced, well acted and full of great dialogue. It also manages to avoid the biggest pitfall comedies of the era run into, which is wearing thin with the same joke. It's not deep, but it's wonderful entertainment.
Só depois de alguns minutos eu notei que o jeito efeminado e "mole" de falar dos personagens masculinos é uma caricatura do francês médio. E é claro que é assim que o americano vê o francês, já que esses "americanos são uns idiotas. Admiram Lafayette e MAURICE CHEVALIER, que são os mais idiotas dos franceses".
Despentearam o John Barrymore e eu perdi todo o meu tesão habitual pela sua figura. A Claudette Colbert, porém, segue maravilhosa, como é também maravilhoso o bigodinho do Don Ameche.
Νεαρή χορεύτρια που έχει μείνει ρέστη, αριβάρει στα Παρίσια και μετά από σειρά παρεξηγήσεων που τη φέρνουν να συστήνεται ως Βαρώνη, "προσλαμβάνεται" από Γάλλο ευγενή για να φλερτάρει τον εραστή της... γυναίκας του, προκειμένου αυτή να επιστρέψει στις αγκαλιές του. Ο ταξιτζής όμως που είχε βοηθήσει τη εν λόγω χορευτριούλα άμα τη αφίξει της εν Παρισίους, κινητοποιεί τους συναδέλφους του ταρίφες ώστε να την ξαναβρεί, καθώς τυγχάνει ερωτευμένος μαζί της. Μπέρδεμα άνευ προηγουμένου, σε ρομαντική κομεντί, σε σενάριο του Bily Wilder του Μέγα και σκηνοθεσία του μάστορα tου είδους Mitchell Leisen, που έχει αρκετές από τις θανατηφόρες ατάκες που χαρακτήρισαν τον σεναριογράφο της αργότερα -όχι όμως πάρα πολλές- αλλά έχει την Claudette Colbert να αλωνίζει και τον John Barrymmore (ναι,ο…
SAW: at home, with Jessica
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.