Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Star of Midnight"

I saw Stephen Roberts' Star of Midnight ('35) on TCM one night about a year-and-a-half ago and I've been pining for it to come on again ever since. 
Just recently I've come to be extremely reverent towards those quick, convoluted 80-minute mystery-comedies that use to populate Hollywood in the 30's and 40's (you know, the ones where they round up all of the suspects in the last scene and he/she reaches for a gun in a last ditch attempt to escape their guilt?) and Star of Midnight is easily, albeit shamelessly, as good as, if not better than any of the Thin Man sequels. 
These are the roles that immortalized William Powell - the blithe drunkard and amateur sleuth who loves his women but would never show it - and for any fans of his Nick Charles character, this is simply more of the same, but never enough. 

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