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Paramount's screwball comedy Midnight is the first collaboration between director Mitchell Leisen and screenwriting duo Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder. The film merges Brackett and Wilder's early emphasis on repartee and masquerade with ex-costume designer Leisen's flair for high style and sophistication. American Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert), a wily ex-showgirl, must impersonate Hungarian royalty in order to infiltrate the Parisian jet set. Midnight begins during a midnight rainstorm as Eve arrives penniless at Paris' Gare de L'Est, owning only the gold lamé gown on… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Direction by Mitchell Leisen is generally satisfactory, although picture is slow in getting under way and has several spots that could be tightened."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Pictures like Midnight should strike more often."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"A delightful comedy that delivers with a lively repartee and high style production values."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An extremely witty, well-paced comedy which plays beautifully today."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Funny and forgettable."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Starring Colbert and Barrymore, this charming fairytale is one of the best screwball comedies as well as a highlight of Mitchell Leisen's career."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A magical comedy."
‑ , Film4
"It has a superbly malicious script by Brackett and Wilder, gorgeous sets and camerawork, and a matchless cast. All in all, probably Leisen's best film."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"First-rate screwball comedy from a Billy Wilder screenplay"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Colbert, Ameche, John Barrymore, Mary Astor--directed by Mitch Leisen from a Billy Wilder-Chas. Brackett script. Ought to be better"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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