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Midnight Mary Reviews

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January 9, 2013
another weepie from MGM borrowing loretta young from WB.
October 24, 2012
3: The loose women, presumed prostitution, and recreational sex make it obvious it's pre-code. Loretta Young is ravishing as always, but perhaps more so here than is usual simply because she is so young. There is also an open discussion of basic instances and nature, such as sex, followed by a discussion of their plans for the rest of the evening. Solid film and a winning title to boot. A winner in my book.
Super Reviewer
½ 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.
½ 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.
½ May 14, 2012
Mary sits in the clerk's office, awaiting the verdict of her murder trail. Through a sequence of flashbacks, Mary looks back at her life and we see her struggles to overcome poverty early in her life, which in the end leads to her involvement with a group of gangsters. Wellman's Midnight Mary is a rather detailed examination of how one woman's early environment leads her down a path of a questionable lifestyle which ultimately could doom her. That being said, this is not a weak character, but rather a tough woman whose been shaped by her environment to do whatever is neccessary, whether through manipulation or good old fashioned hardwork, to survive in the society she inhabits. I have got to acknowledge the fact that Loretta Young was so damn pretty in her early years-such beautiful big eyes she had. Anyway, this is just a great story, that is actually in-the-end rather uplifting, particularly for a Wellman film.
August 22, 2011
Well directed, if slightly overwrought, gangster melodrama from Wellman. As with his other 30s films, the direction is inventive and the visuals are engaging. The ending is a bit silly though.
July 25, 2010
We finally finished this, after starting it a few nights ago. We loved it. Sometimes the joy of the pre-codes is the warmth and intelligence on display in all aspects of the stories. Yes, it's fun to see people in the thirties half-nude, or gay-lesbian acceptance. None of that is on display in Midnight Mary, but there are other things equally if not more vital, notably an acceptance of a higher moral code than the one imposed in the mid-thirties by the moral majority, that being the morality based on individual human happiness. To see a man and woman triumph in the way our heroes do in Midnight Mary should prove a great relief in our jaded modern age. In truth, the film makes us look like prudes baffled by politically correct prisons of conformity by comparison. Bringing luminosity to the film is Loretta Young, whose acting chops were pretty damn good, and a real looker besides. Opposite her stands Ricardo Cortez, truly despicable, yet sensually human, last seen playing a delicious Sam Spade in an early Maltese Falcon opposite beautiful Bebe Daniels (nekked in a tub, no less). The real joy of Midnight Mary is Wellman's attention to the romance between luscious Loretta and a dashing Franchot Tone. Their sensual openness - tender, human, and erotically charged, reminded me of Grant and Bergman's notoriously sexy kissing scene in Hitchcock's Notorious. Refreshing to say the least. I love Midnight Mary. It's the kind of film that makes no bones about being true to the spirit of being human in a world full of challenges, and openly warm. It breathes even after nearly eighty years, and still speaks generously about what it means to be.
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.
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.
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Super Reviewer
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,
May 13, 2009
Midnight Mary is one of the fines films pre-code has to offer. It could have turned out unbearably melodramatic, but it was luckily directed by Wild Bill Wellman. It's one of the tawdriest and sexiest movies of the early 1930s. Loretta Young's performance is really incredible.
½ April 26, 2009
Woman in peril story that was pretty damned entertaining. Loretta Young is pretty much forgotten these days, but she has a hell of a screen precense. And it has Andy Devine!
½ April 17, 2009
Midnight Mary (1933) -- [5.5] -- Loretta Young plays another poor girl who never had a chance in life, a popular topic in the early `30s. Her momma dies when she's just a girl, she turns to crime, she becomes a prostitute, she serves time, and then she meets a nice civilized man who does his darndest to tame her. Then, as usual, her past comes back to haunt her, but somehow, it's a happy ending. It's an okay movie, but I feel like I've seen this story too many times now, and this isn't one of the best tellings.
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.
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