Sunday, January 16, 2011

a screwball comedy of manners

I dunno how Emma and I missed Midnight (1939), but I'm glad Netflix suggested we try it. Maybe we loved it because we didn't expect anything more than a fun performance from Claudette Colbert. But Don Ameche was great, and so was John Barrymore and, well, everyone, and it feels surprisingly mature for a Hollywood comedy of the time. 1939 was an amazing year for Hollywood.

The title of the post isn't my coinage. It came up when I googled the title, and it's about perfect.

It's probably a four-star film, but I'm giving it five at Netflix just so their algorithm knows we like that kind of thing.