Middle of the Night1959
Middle of the Night (1959)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
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as Jerry Kingsley
as Betty Preisser
as George Preisser
as Mrs. Mueller, Betty's Mother
as Alice Mueller
as Mrs. Carroll, Neighbor
as Evelyn Kingsley
as Lillian Kingsley
as Paul Kingsley
as Elizabeth Kingsley
as Rosalind Neiman, the Widow
as Walter Lockman
as Lucy, Lockman's Wife
as Joey, Lockman's Son
Critic Reviews for Middle of the Night
The director, Delbert Mann, does a clichéd grim realism with backgrounds, weather, faces. The two miscast leads, Frederic March and Kim Novak, are a sometimes effective but generally square approximation of garment district miserables.
Some of the sharp edges in Paddy Chayefsky's fine stage play have been blunted in his own screen version, although there are many good moments.
Audience Reviews for Middle of the Night
Anything written by Paddy Chayefsky is worthy the attention of movie lovers. The only screenwriter to win three Oscars for scripts written by a sole writer, Chayefsky is a master at many things. One of those is his ability to focus on incongruous romances and deliver sharp observations. Middle of the Night is an honest portrayal of the proverbial May-December romance. The doubts, insecurities and manipulations are all there and director Delbert Mann visualizes it all to near perfection. Iconic actors Fredric March and Kim Novak have the difficult lead roles - especially Novak whose 24 year old character suffers from "emotional immaturity" issues as March's character calls it. At times she struggles with the material, but she still commands with an undeniable film presence.
Solid drama of older March falling for young insecure Kim. Both leads are excellent, Kim in her peak years and having just come off of Vertigo is a neurotic mess but it fits her part, and present their flawed but decent characters simply. The people in their lives are shown in dark tones perhaps a little heavily so perhaps to illustrated the disapproval of society to such a relationship in the 50's. It does lend a heavy tone to the film though since almost without exception they are a smothering and cruel bunch.
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