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Middle of the Night (1959)

Approved | | Drama | 20 May 1959 (France)
A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay), Paddy Chayefsky (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Novak ... Betty Preisser
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Mueller
Jan Norris ... Alice Mueller
Lee Grant ... Marilyn
Effie Afton ... Mrs. Herbert
Lee Philips ... George Preisser
Fredric March ... Jerry Kingsley
Edith Meiser ... Evelyn Kingsley
Joan Copeland ... Lillian Englander
Martin Balsam ... Jack Englander
David Ford ... Paul Kingsley
Audrey Peters Audrey Peters ... Elizabeth Kingsley
Betty Walker Betty Walker ... Rosalind Neiman
Albert Dekker ... Walter Lockman
Rudy Bond ... Gould
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Storyline

Fifty-six year old Jerry Kingsley, the co-owner/co-operator of Lock Lee Fashions, a New York based garment manufacturer and wholesaler, has been widowed for two years. His older spinster sister, Evelyn Kingsley, moved in with him in his apartment following Jerry's wife's passing to take care of him, she who has always assumed the role as family caregiver. One of Jerry's married daughters, twenty-five year old Lillian Englander, believes Evelyn has a neurotic fixation on Jerry, Lillian unaware that her own fixation on her father is just as strong. Evelyn tries to arrange dates for Jerry, primarily with lonely widows, something he resists in wanting to find a woman on his own despite his own loneliness. Unlike his married business partner, fifty-nine year old Walter Lockman, who is always chasing after "tootsies" and "floozies", Jerry wants someone to love. After learning her story, Jerry thinks he's found the woman in Lock Lee's twenty-four year old receptionist, Betty Preisser. Betty,... Written by Huggo

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"Two months after you marry this old man you'll be meeting me anyway!" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mitten in der Nacht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sudan Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the opening credits, looking out of the back of the truck as it is driving in Manhattan, New York City, it is first on West 38th St., then turns right onto 7th Avenue (aka Fashion Avenue), and then passes the Dubrow's Cafeteria at 513 7th Ave. The truck then turns right onto West 37th St. and stops. The delivery person appears to be headed to the door at 218 W. 37th St. See more »

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In the last scene in Jerry's apartment, the camera pulls too far back; several pieces of tape, indicating marks for the actors and furniture, are clearly visible on the carpet. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Kingsley: [Talking to Betty] I can't tell you how often recently I've found myself thinking about dying. "Dying" to you is something that happens to old relatives, but it's a very intimate business to me. I don't expect you to understand this, but in those moments when I'm suddenly impossible to live with, that's probably what's at the bottom of my bad temper.
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Not bad....
26 April 2008 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

while the theme has been done, certainly for its time this was a bit experimental. Fredric March portrays a 59 year old garment district manufacturer who, recently widowed, is tired of life. He has many friends, a successful business and all the accouterments, but something is missing.

Enter his employee, Betty Preisser (Kim Novak). Recently divorced from a sporadically employed musician, she is uncertain and depressed about her situation. March (Mr. Kingsley) tells her that she must make a decision in life, that it is a sign of maturity. It is not certain at this point whether he is self-serving, or actually trying to help the girl.

The relationship develops as they start to date. There are some amusing scenes with family members, as Novak's friend Marilyn (well-portrayed by Lee Grant) tells her that she should return to her first husband who is still "madly in love with her".

This is a good film for its era, in that there are no pat answers. March's dilemma is that he truly is in love with a young woman 30 years his junior. An interesting story, and well worth more than one viewing. 8/10.


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