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Midnight [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Claudette Colbert , Don Ameche , Mitchell Leisen    DVD
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  • Actors: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor
  • Directors: Mitchell Leisen
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Edwin Justus Mayer, Franz Schulz
  • Producers: Arthur Hornblow Jr., William LeBaron
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012GVMIK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cinderella of Screwball Comedy 31 Jan 2008
"Every Cinderella has her Midnight!" quips Claudette Colbert as Eve Peabody, in this 1939 Masterpiece, part written by Billy Wilder and with Don Ameche and Colbert at their most charming.

The film has never been released on DVD before, and only on video, briefly, in America. Now here is is, but only region 1 for some strange reason.

Like The Palm Beach Story and It Happened One Night, this is screwball at it's absolute best. The one-liners simply tumble off the screen, the chemistry is sparkling, the comic timing like a swiss watch. They really don't make them like this anymore, and I've waited years for this release.

The story? Eve Peabody, a penniless socialite (and gold digger) has run out of luck, and is saved from a rainy night in Paris by a dashing but poor Hungarian taxi driver (Czerny). He's clearly smitten...and so is she. But she resists his advances (and an economy level future) and runs away, taking his name and inventing an alter-ego - The Baroness Czerny. Mistakenly swept up into high society, the "baroness" is "employed" to seduce a rich married man's wife's lover (I'm not making this up) - for hard cash. The real Czerny seeks her out at a grand ball, and so this Cinderella faces her Midnight. Will he blow her cover? Or will he play along? Is she really just a hardbitten money grabber? Or has she got a heart of gold? The brilliant twists and turns of the ensuing plot will leave you breathless.

Believe me, it's so much more fun than I've suggested - but I mustn't give too much away. If you like strong wise-cracking heroines like Katherine Hepburn, if you like Classic movies like Born Yesterday, if you like sophistication and glamour, if you long for a lost golden age...and if you like laughing out loud - then this is for you.

Simply the greatest Screwball of them all!
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If "Midnight" as a title seems puzzling, think Cinderella. Except this time our Cinderella is a gold digger with a self-defeating habit of falling for poor taxi drivers. She's also one of the foxiest, funniest and sexiest young ladies in Paris. No staying at home to sweep out the hearth for her. Midnight, released in 1939, was one of the last of the great romantic screwball comedies that Hollywood had learned how to make during the Thirties. Somehow, it was nearly forgotten while others were treasured. With DVD, here's our chance to see again just how good it is, thanks to Claudette Colbert as the ambitious Eve Peabody; Don Ameche as the cab-driving Tibor Czerny; John Barrymore as the rich Georges Flammarion, a somewhat dissipated fairy godfather; Mary Astor as his wife, Helene; and with Mitchell Leisen directing and Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder writing the screenplay. If you're able to watch this movie without smiling, you must have injected too much Botox around your lips.

Eve arrives in Paris by train with only the gold lame gown she's wearing and a lonely franc in her purse. She's lost all her money and luggage gambling, hoping to make enough to land a rich daddy. Before long Tibor is driving her around in the rainy night in his taxi while she tries to find a nightclub job singing. No luck. Tibor is obviously smitten, but Eve, who likes him more and more, is determined to get ahead in life. She leaves Tibor putting gas in the taxi and runs off into the rain. She winds up at an exclusive salon filled with wealthy patrons being cultured with classical music. And there she meets the rich Georges Flammarion, whose wife, Helene, is being wooed by the rich Jacques Picot (Francis Lederer).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless 31 Aug 2013
I first saw this film on TV years ago, and the memory of it has stayed with me ever since. It is, quite simply, one of the funniest, wittiest, cleverest, most entertaining films ever made. Though it is generally only available as a region 1 DVD, I recently acquired a region 2 copy on Amazon. I was afraid it might be an inferior copy of an old video (as I have come across a few times whilst in search of old, unavailable films which I long to see again), but it was a faultless reproduction, every bit as good as the original.
The story is basically Cinderella updated to the 20th century (1939, in fact, when the film was made). Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert) is a penniless American chancer on the run from Monte Carlo, where she has gambled everything and lost. Arriving in Paris on a train and with only the clothes she stands up in, she accepts a lift from Tibor Czerny, a Hungarian taxi-driver (really Buttons, played by Don Ameche, with his taxi the pumpkin-cum-coach). They drive around looking for a place she can stay. Quite by chance she gets sucked into an aristocratic soiree and mistaken for Baroness Czerny, a member of the Hungarian nobility. She maintains the pretence with the help of Georges Flammarion (John Barrymore), a wealthy parvenu who wishes her to distract the lover of his wife Helene (Mary Astor) and make her see what a gold-digger her inamorata (Jacques Picot) really is (Picot was played by Franz Lederer, most famous now for his role as Lulu's lover in the 1928 Pabst-Brooks film "Pandora's Box"). Tibor, meanwhile, desperately tries to find her, and eventually does - masquerading as Baron Czerny...
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