Midnight Mary Reviews
September 26, 2012
A good drama with a good cast, but ultimately it could have been better. It was one of many criminal past themed films at the time, so it wasn't too unique.
June 30, 2009
Lurid pre code drama, a bit on the absurd side but it does move quickly and Loretta Young is incredibly beautiful, she seems to glow in almost every scene,
March 2, 2010
Good pre-code crime drama. Loretta Young is surprisingly effective and gives a freshness to the movie. It?s a rather ordinary story, but it?s well handled. The gowns and clothes by Adrian are magnificent. Fine photography and the art direction is very good.
April 13, 2009
Midnight Mary (1933)
William Wellman directed this pre-Hayes code movie starring 20 year old Loretta Young as Mary Martin who is on trial for murder. Mary's impoverished life story is told in flashback. Her bad luck seems to go down even more when she gets involved with a gangster, Leo Darcy (Ricardo Cortez). Loretta Young as a gangster's mall has got to be seen to be believe. She's not necessarily a bad girl, but has had some bad luck and made some wrong choices in life.
While she's helping Leo's gang rob a casino, she is met by Tom Mannering Jr. (Franchot Tone), who always plays the handsome rich playboy. This time he falls madly in love with Mary. Tom tries to turn Mary's life around, getting her some secretarial training and gives her a job in his Father's business. But her past comes back to haunt her.
Yes, it's overly melodramatic, and it really is pretty tame for now days, but it's still a good movie to watch and it shows Loretta Young when she wasn't playing her typecast goody-goody parts that she has become so famous for. There's a long, tantalizing scene where Mary whispers into Leo's ear trying to persuade him to stay home with her instead of him going out to kill Tom.
This movie has been released on DVD and the film and sound quality is fantastic.
July 20, 2012
Parts of this have dated, and it doesn't all quite hang together the way it should, but there is a lot fo admire in William Wellman's pre-code melodrama. Loretta Young is very good as Mary, a woman torn between love and her duty to the crime family that raised her. The art direction is superb. Pre-Code grittiness.
February 25, 2010
69/100. Good pre-code crime drama. Loretta Young is surprisingly effective and gives a freshness to the movie. It's a rather ordinary story, but it's well handled. The gowns and clothes by Adrian are magnificent. Fine photography and the art direction is very good.