Fredric March Blogathon – Middle of the Night (1959)


This is a post dedicated to The Fredric March Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“Listen, sonny boy. Love, no matter how shabby it may seem, is still a beautiful thing. Everything else is nothing. ” – Jerry Kingsley

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A widowed businessman falls in love with a younger woman who works in his office.

My Take on it – Such a great story that plays out so well.

Fredric March does a wonderful job in the lead role and helps make his character both sympathetic and realistic in everything that he does.

The story plays out really well and gives a great depiction of how middle-aged men see their lives, even if it may be from a skewed perspective.

Kim Novak also does a great job here playing the younger woman torn as to what to believe she wants.

The story moves along at a great pace and allows the viewer to see the various insecurities of each of the characters along the way which helps make things even more powerful to watch unfold.

The best part of this film tho is the script by Paddy Chayefsky who knows how to write dialogue so well that it helps flesh out these character so much over the course of the story.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In 1959, Fredric March was accorded the honor of reading the Gettysburg Address to a joint session of Congress on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. He accepted this role under the condition that the shooting schedule accommodate the Congressional performance. The film makers agreed. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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