Midnight (1939)

Midnight, written by that matchless Hollywood pair Billy Wilder and Charles Backett, is that rare Hollywood bird: a comedy where practically everything works. Poverty-stricken Claudette Colbert is stranded in Paris with only an evening gown… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 1939
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Direction by Mitchell Leisen is generally satisfactory, although picture is slow in getting under way and has several spots that could be tightened.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Pictures like Midnight should strike more often.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A delightful comedy that delivers with a lively repartee and high style production values.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Funny and forgettable.

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Emanuel Levy

Starring Colbert and Barrymore, this charming fairytale is one of the best screwball comedies as well as a highlight of Mitchell Leisen's career.

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A magical comedy.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

First-rate screwball comedy from a Billy Wilder screenplay

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Colbert, Ameche, John Barrymore, Mary Astor--directed by Mitch Leisen from a Billy Wilder-Chas. Brackett script. Ought to be better

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
A few too many screwball twists in this one. Fun in parts. Wilder maintained Leisen messed up his script.
Morgan Salem
This is a very charming movie...The humer really comes out in the second half when they are at the chattue. I say if you have the opportunitie to see to do!
Kevin M. Williams
The script is everything in film. Coming from one of maybe the greatest years in the old Hollywood studio system comes this delicately prepared light lunch for… More
Stella Dallas
one of the great screwball comedies, sadly mostly forgotten. colbert is radiant and barrymore wonderful, working from a fine script by billy wilder and charles… More
Aj V
This movie had a really funny story, but it gets predictable and a little long towards the end. Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but it could be better.
Doctor Strangeblog
Ah, Claudette Colbert, she didn't have the same sex appeal as Jean Harlow nor the comedic flair of Carole Lombard, but she had that je ne sais quoi (she… More