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Midnight Mary (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 30 June 1933 (USA)
An abused orphan sinks into a life of crime.

Director:

William A. Wellman (as William Wellman)

Writers:

Anita Loos (original story), Gene Markey (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Mary Martin
Ricardo Cortez ... Leo Darcy
Franchot Tone ... Tom Mannering Jr.
Andy Devine ... Sam Travers
Una Merkel ... Bunny
Frank Conroy ... District Attorney
Warren Hymer ... Angelo
Ivan F. Simpson ... Tindle (as Ivan Simpson)
Harold Huber ... Puggy
Sandy Roth Sandy Roth ... Blimp
Martha Sleeper ... Barbara Mannering
Charley Grapewin ... Clerk (as Charles Grapewin)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Churchill
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Charlie - the Cop
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Storyline

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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MAGIC ENCHANTRESS...mysterious as the night that cloaks her...a daughter of Venus...who comes out with the stars...so young, so alluring...men cannot resist the spell of her beauty...! (Print ad Los Angeles Times August 3 ,1933)

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady of the Night See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mary Martin: You win, copper.
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Mary Martin: Say, listen, does he look like he's one of Leo Darcy's mob? He's square. He's on the level. So square he'd ruin his life by sticking with me.
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Pre-Code Perfection
16 November 2005 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Midnight Mary is the story of a girl who grows up poor, gets involved with people on the wrong side of the tracks, and tries to get out. The film opens and closes with Mary in a court room awaiting the verdict in her trial for murder.

Loretta Young plays Mary; Young is absolutely beautiful and proves to be a great actress in all of her scenes.

Ricardo Cortez plays her gangster boyfriend well enough. He is appropriately sinister at times and average in others.

Una Merkel plays Mary's best friend, a cute and funny smart-cookie type.

Franchot Tone is standout in this film, especially in his romantic scenes in which the kisses are long and passionate, the looks are meaningful, and the chemistry is hot and thick. Otherwise, Tone is sweet and lovable as always.

This film was beautifully photographed and employed great costuming resembling both late 1920s and early 30s styles.

This film was made before the production code that censored everything that came out of Hollywood, so it utilizes many racy scenes. One occurs when Young and Tone blatantly talk about the possibility of sex, another when the far from stiff kisses last longer than three seconds, another when Young whispers dirty things into Cortez's ear, and still another when a girl gets pregnant out of wedlock. There is also some abuse shown.

The ending of the film is very satisfying and concludes a great film.


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