During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.
A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.
Showgirl Eve, stranded in Paris without a sou, befriends taxi driver Tibor Czerny, then gives him the slip to crash a party. There she meets Helene Flammarion and her gigolo Picot, who's attracted to Eve. Helene's scheming husband Georges enlists Eve's aid in taking Picot away from his wife. It works well - at first. Meanwhile, lovestruck Tibor searches for Eve. But then he learns she's calling herself Baroness Czerny.Written by
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On Thursday, September 28, 1939, Robert L. Buckner filed a plagiarism suit demanding an injunction against exhibition of the film, "Midnight," and an accounting and damages, in the U.S. Federal Court, against Paramount Pictures, Inc. and Charles Beahan. Plaintiff (Buckner)claims that in 1933 he and Beahan wrote a play entitled, "Dearly Beloved," and delivered a manuscript to Paramount. The complaint charges Paramount with infringing the play in the picture, "Midnight," and states that Beahan is named a defendant because he refuses to join the suit as a plaintiff. See more »
When Eve dances in the bar the night she meets Tibor Czerny her nails are painted, but when she wakes up in the hotel the next morning she doesn't have any nail polish on, even though she didn't have a chance to remove it, and her nails look completely different in length and shape. See more »
[Pretending to talk to her fictitious mother-in-law in Budapest]
Oh, yes, mama. How's Francie? What did the doctor say? Oh, good. The baby's temperature has gone down. The spots have practically disappeared. What did you say, mother? It isn't measles at all.
[Pretending to be Tibor's mother]
No, dear. It's just a plain case of alcohol poisoning. The baby must have had one high ball too many.
She was out all night. We picked her up in the gutter.
Oh ho ho! How cute of her. Oh, ...
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"Midnight" is superb in every way - cast, direction, script are all perfection. It's like Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" in the way its plot adds complication upon complication and just as "Figaro" is a perfect opera, so this is a perfect comedy - witty, sophisticated, warm and laugh-out-loud funny. Don Ameche and Claudette Colbert are ideally cast. This should have featured in the AFI's top 100 comedies and its top 100 films - its the epitome of the golden age of Hollywood comedy.
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