Saturday, June 3, 2017

Middle of the Night 1959

     This film is based on an original Broadway production with an opening date of February 8, 1956.  Jerry Kingsley is a 56-year-old widower and he owns a garment factory in New York.  Betty Preisser is 24 years old, she is the secretary for the business and she’s divorced from her husband George who was a musician.  Jerry stops by Betty’s apartment that she shares with her mother and her sister to pick up some paperwork.  They start talking and Betty tells him how mixed up she is about her divorce and thinking about her ex-husband wanting to get married again.  He helps her see what she really believes her decision should be.  They start going out to dinner together and Jerry falls very much in love with Betty.  She's worried about their age difference, the fact that he is her boss and what their families will say?
     Their families are very vocal with their protests over the relationship between Jerry and Betty.  Her mother calls Jerry a dirty old man.  Jerry’s daughter calls Betty a fortune hunter and her father a fool.  Jerry’s sister lives with him and she’s worried about moving out.  Jerry and Betty have tough decisions to make.  Should they listen to their families or should they grab onto love now that they have found it?  There is a LOT of arguing plus yelling and that’s the only part I dislike about this movie.  3* (This movie is OK)

118 min, Drama directed by Delbert Mann with Fredric March, Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell, Albert Dekker, Martin Balsam, Lee Grant, Lee Philips, Edith Meiser, Joan Copeland, betty Walked, Lou Gilbert, Rudy Gond, Effie Afton.

Note:  Imdb 7.3 out of 10, 52% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.7* out of 5* with 63 reviews, TCM Leonard Maltin 2.5* out of 4*.
Special Note:  Filmed in New York City, New York.  The play opened at the ANTA Playhouse and ran for 477 performances.  It received two Tony Award acting nominations.  Edward G. Robinson played the Fredric March role on stage.

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