Claudette Colbert
Director: Mitchell Leisen Cast: Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
, Don Ameche
Don Ameche
, John Barrymore
John Barrymore
Mitchell Leisen

DVD (Full Frame)



Universal has released Mitchell Leisen's Midnight on DVD with an introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne but no other special features. That seems to be the lot with most of the output of Billy Wilder (who co-wrote the screenplay here), whose work deserves better treatment than it has gotten from most of the studios. That said, this is one handsome transfer of the movie -- the full-screen (1.33-to-1) image is crisp and sharp, with a texture of sprayed silver on a black background, with a good full audio track set at a healthy volume. Someone thought enough of this movie to give it a reasonably generous 18 chapters, in addition to that introduction and the original trailer -- it just begs for so much more as a film, in terms of support materials. But as far as it goes, it's fine, and the movie is so rewarding on its own terms, that it should be regarded as an essential acquisition for any fans of sophisticated screen comedy.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2008
UPC: 0025193312921
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:35:00

Special Features

Exclusive introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Eve Peabody/"Baroness Czerny"
Don Ameche Tibor Czerny
John Barrymore George Flammarion
Francis Lederer Jacques Picot
Mary Astor Helen Flammarion
Elaine Barrie Simone
Hedda Hopper Stephanie
Rex O'Malley Marcel
Monty Woolley Judge
Armand Kaliz Lebon
Gino Corrado Taxi Driver
Joseph DeStefani Head Porter
Sarah Edwards Party Guest
Charles Judels Doorman
Louis Mercier Cafe Pianist
William Eddritt Actor
Joseph Romantini Footman
Judith King Actor
Eugene Borden Porter
Paul Bryar Porter
Eddie Conrad Prince Potopienko
Gennaro Curci Major Domo
Billy Daniels Roger
Leander de Cordova Footman
Carlos de Valdez Butler
Arno Frey Room clerk
Joyce Mathews Girl
Ferdinand Munier Major Domo
Nestor Paiva Woman's escort
Lionel Pape Edouart
Harry Semels Policeman
Leonard Sues Bellboy
Michael Visaroff Footman
Bryant Washburn Guest

Technical Credits
Mitchell Leisen Director
Charles Brackett Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Production Designer
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
A.E. Freudeman Set Decoration/Design
Doane Harrison Editor
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Edwin Justus Mayer Original Story
Franz Schulz Original Story
Robert Usher Production Designer
Billy Wilder Screenwriter

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