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Academy Award winners Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche and John Barrymore light up the screen in Midnight - one of the best romantic comedies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The fun begins when a penniless showgirl (Colbert) impersonates a Hungarian countess and, with the help of an aristocrat (Barrymore), quickly adapts to her new lifestyle. But can she stop herself from falling in love with yet another poor man (Ameche)? Written by Academy Award winners Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, Midnight has been hailed as "just about the best light comedy ever caught by the camera!" (Motion Picture Daily)
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My top ten favorite Claudette Colbert romantic comedies:
1) Arise, My Love (1940)
2) Midnight (1939)
3) It's a Wonderful World (1939)
4) No Time For Love (1943)
5) It Happened One Night (1934)
6) Palm Beach Story (1942)
7) She Married Her Boss (1935)
8) Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
9) The Gilded Lily (1935)
10) Three-Cornered Moon (1933)
Without a doubt it is the crowning glory of Claudette Colbert's film career and "Midnight" shows her at the peak of her ability and lovliness in a role superbly suited to her wonderful talents.
There are so many memorable scenes in this film that it would be impossible to relate them to readers who haven't yet had the pleasure of viewing this gem. The scene of scenes is, I believe, the truly brilliant telephone conversation between John Barrymore (in a truly wonderful performance )and Don Ameche where he pretends to be Francy, Claudette's and Don Ameche's fictional daughter. It is an absolute riot and will have you convulsing with laughter like it does me time and time again. For that scene alone the video is worth purchasing! As complication piles upon complication the story just gets funnier.
What a joyous marriage of talent and writing this film provides. The supporting cast is a marvellous asset here with Mary Astor as Barrymore's unfaithful wife a real stand out. She was a fascinating actress who I feel never got the real credit she deserved. Here se is brittle then bitchy and then comical in a terrific performance.
The film also benefits from the fact of it being a product of the Golden era of Hollywood film making. What film company could possibly produce such a film as this now. Very few present day films "glow' as this one does and certainly there are no "stars' to compare with the likes of Colbert, Barrmore, Ameche, Astor.Read more ›
Lev Raphael, author of the Nick Hoffman mysteries
Most recent customer reviews
One of the very finest screwball comedies of all time. To hear a description of the plot, you might think, how could that work? But it does, indeed it does. Read morePublished on June 11 2014 by SGM
Terrific comedy featuring Claudette Colbert, Don't Ameche, John Barrymore and Mary Astor. Great script, which this dazzling cast play to the hilt.Published on May 26 2014 by Susan Reynolds
Enjoyed this old film very much.
Love the old give and take banter and asides.
The ending was a pleasant surprise!
This is one of the most sophisticated and funny comedies I've seen in my whole life, thanks to one of the wittiest screenplays ever (by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, et al), deft... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003 by Fernando Silva
This movie is pure heaven!!! Claudette Colbert, the greatest romantic comedienne in movie history gives her finest perforamnce here. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by Tee