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Hilarious performance by Barrymore - the telephone scene left us howling with laughter. Ameche and Colbert are great together.
1939's Midnight is a screwball comedy starring Claudette Colbert as a showgirl who almost by accident, is mistaken for a member of Parisian high society. She goes with it, and is roped into trying to break up a love affair by her secret benefactor (John Barrymore). Don Ameche is the cab driver who falls for her, but is outraged at her behavior. This crazy set-up leads to several amusing set pieces before Colbert needs to turn back into a pumpkin, as it were. Midnight has a Billy Wilder screenplay, so the dialogue is quick, witty and honest. I do think it ends a bit abruptly, but if it's missing a shot, maybe it's just a single on to take us out on.
Colbert is queen of screwball comedy..
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This movie ranks #34 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
This movie ranks #221 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #263 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #549 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #628 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #631 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #966 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown