Middle of the Night (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

Middle of the Night1959

Middle of the Night (1959)





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Adapted from a play by Paddy Chayefsky, this domestic melodrama, set in the garment district of late 1950s New York, chronicles the blossoming love affair between a young, recently divorced receptionist and her likewise-divorced, middle-aged boss. Many of their friends and family members oppose the romance and the upcoming marriage.


Fredric March
as Jerry Kingsley
Kim Novak
as Betty Preisser
Lee Philips
as George Preisser
Glenda Farrell
as Mrs. Mueller, Betty's Mother
Jan Norris
as Alice Mueller
Lee Grant
as Marilyn
Effie Afton
as Mrs. Carroll, Neighbor
Edith Meiser
as Evelyn Kingsley
Joan Copeland
as Lillian Kingsley
David Ford
as Paul Kingsley
Audrey Peters
as Elizabeth Kingsley
Betty Walker
as Rosalind Neiman, the Widow
Albert Dekker
as Walter Lockman
Rudy Bond
as Gould
Lou Gilbert
as Sherman
Dora Weissman
as Lucy, Lockman's Wife
Lee Richardson
as Joey, Lockman's Son
Anna Berger
as Caroline
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Critic Reviews for Middle of the Night

All Critics (3)

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.

September 14, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

October 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Old-fashioned sober drama.

September 2, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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