as Eve Peabody/"Baroness Czerny"
as George Flammarion
as Tibor Czerny
as Jacques Picot
as Helene Flammarion
as Major Domo
as Major Domo
as Head Porter
as Room clerk
as Prince Potopienko
as Woman's escort
as Taxi Driver
as Cafe Pianist/Taxi Driver
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Midnight
Direction by Mitchell Leisen is generally satisfactory, although picture is slow in getting under way and has several spots that could be tightened.
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.
Starring Colbert and Barrymore, this charming fairytale is one of the best screwball comedies as well as a highlight of Mitchell Leisen's career.
Audience Reviews for Midnight
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 a summer's day of a film, pure escapist comedy. A down-on-her-luck, been-around-the-block golddigger meets the man of her dreams (and he's barely making it) right as her chance for a big payday materializes. What will she do? The writing team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett dreamed up this witty concoction where everyone has a certain native intelligence, and filled it with plenty of what their target audience wanted to see, which is mainly that being rich wasn't everything. So you get your lifestyles of the rich and famous, yes, but portrayed as boredom on ice, and lacking the real connection and passion that a "regular life" supposedly brings: a real crowd pleaser. Mitchell Leisen knew the type of fabulous rich we imagined and, for his part, portrays that spot on. It does look good. The stars are attractive, particularly Colbert, Ameche, Barrymore, Astor and, in a whimsical small role, Monty Woolley. Makes one wish for the old days.
A few too many screwball twists in this one. Fun in parts. Wilder maintained Leisen messed up his script.
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.
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