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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Star Of Midnight (1935)

A Manhattan attorney and man about town (William Powell) is asked by a friend (Leslie Fenton) to help locate his missing girlfriend. A gossip columnist (Russell Hopton) has a vital clue to the girl's disappearance but before he can reveal it ... he is murdered. Assisted by his marriage minded girlfriend (Ginger Rogers), the lawyer attempts to track down the missing girl and solve the murder. Buoyed by the success of the previous year's THE THIN MAN, RKO thought they'd try a hand at a sophisticated mystery/comedy with Powell as a cocktail loving slumming amateur detective. It's minor (very minor) fun but the mystery isn't handled very well and some of the plot's conceits seem far fetched. For example, it's highly unlikely someone could be a big Broadway star by wearing a mask and never letting the public see her face. While Powell and Rogers have a certain chemistry, it's not as strong as their chemistry with their regular screen partners (Loy and Astaire). Directed by Stephen Roberts. With Paul Kelly, Ralph Morgan, Gene Lockhart and Vivien Oakland.

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