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Midnight (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 March 1934 (USA)
The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

Director:

Chester Erskine (as Chester Erskin)

Writers:

Paul Sifton (play), Claire Sifton (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Fox ... Stella Weldon
O.P. Heggie ... Edward Weldon
Henry Hull ... Nolan
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Weldon
Lynne Overman ... Joe Biggers (as Lynn Overman)
Katherine Wilson Katherine Wilson ... Ada Biggers
Richard Whorf ... Arthur Weldon
Humphrey Bogart ... Gar Boni
Granville Bates ... Henry McGrath
Cora Witherspoon ... Elizabeth McGrath
Moffat Johnston Moffat Johnston ... Dist. Atty. Plunkett (as Moffat Johnson)
Henry O'Neill ... Ingersoll (as Henry O'Neil)
Helen Flint ... Ethel Saxton
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Storyline

The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

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murder | execution | trial by jury | See All (3) »


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Country:

USA

Language:

Latin | English

Release Date:

7 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Call It Murder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

All Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the flop play, Midnight (1930). Drama. Written by Claire Sifton and Paul Sifton. Directed by Philip Moeller. Guild Theatre: 29 Dec 1930- Feb 1931 (closing date unknown/48 performances). Cast: Maud Allan, Glenn Anders (as "Bob Nolan"), Harold Bolton, Zena Colaer, Josephine Hull (as "Mrs. Weldon"), William R. Kane, Jack La Rue (as "Gar Boni"), Tom H.A. Lewis, Harriet E. MacGibbon (as "Ada Biggers"), Clifford Odets (as "Arthur Weldon"), James Parker, Frederick Perry, Francis Pierlot (as "Richard McGrath"), Charles Powers, Samuel Rosen, Neal Stone, Robert Strange, Fred Sullivan, Royal Dana Tracey, Louis Veda (as "Photographer"), Harold Vermilyea (as "Joe Biggers"), Linda Watkins. Produced by The Theatre Guild. See more »

Goofs

During Stella and Gar's first meeting in the court room, audible clicks can be heard between their line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ethel Saxon: You see, I loved him. I mean I loved him when... when he didn't love me anymore, day in and day out watching him get further and further away from me. I could see in his eyes when he looked at me... I could see he hated me, hated me because I needed him. Oh, I was so frightened, so mixed up. It's so horrible to see someone who's become part of you slipping away, slowly. To feel helpless and empty, lonely and frantic, wanting to do something, anything, anything to bring him back! To...
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Alternate Versions

In the retitled version, "Call it Murder" Humphrey Bogart's billing is moved to above the title. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Press Gang: UnXpected (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Nola
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Music by Felix Arndt
Played on the radio as Nolan is demonstrating the set to Joe.
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One for Bogie completists!
15 April 2015 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Midnight (1933) opens promisingly with the camera lovingly panning across numerous faces in a courtroom before settling on a nice close-up of Humphrey Bogart. Unfortunately, from here on, our interest takes a gradual nosedive – especially when we discover that Bogie's big climactic scene is not going to be played on camera at all but simply reported to us by Miss Sidney Fox. True, it's not Sidney's fault that Bogie is wasted, but she herself is rather colorless in this one – and at least one of the two directors bypasses Sidney altogether and allows stagey O.P. Heggie to collar the limelight. But it's Helen Flint's movie. In the small but vital role of the condemned murderess, she is utterly convincing. Available on a superb Image DVD. Incidentally, this is a 1933 production. The movie was produced independently and shown to various distributors before being picked up by Universal in 1933; and Universal was mostly interested because they had Fox under contract. Universal applied for the copyright in 1933, and said copyright was granted to Universal on January 2, 1934.


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