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Star of Midnight Details


This barely-disguised but effective riff on (1934) stars that film's lead, William Powell, opposite Ginger Rogers instead of Myrna Loy. Clay Dalzell (Powell) is a suave attorney fonder of solving crimes than trying cases. His elegant girlfriend, Donna (Rogers) hopes that Clay will settle down and marry her. A friend, Tim Winthrop (Leslie Fenton), approaches Clay with a mystery that the amateur sleuth can't resist. Tim's girlfriend Alice disappeared a year ago. During the performance of a Broadway play, Tim spots Alice onstage, but she disappears again. Clay takes the case and sets up a meeting with a gossip columnist who seems to have the answers, but the reporter is murdered and Clay is suspected of the crime. As Clay puts together the pieces, he comes up with several suspects, including the play's producer, a couple seeking to prove a friend's innocence in a capital crime, and the gangster Jim Kinland (Paul Kelly). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


William Powell
as Clay Dalzell
Ginger Rogers
as Donna Mantin
Paul Kelly
as Jim Kinland
Gene Lockhart
as Horatio Swayne
Ralph Morgan
as Roger Classen
Leslie Fenton
as Tim Winthrop
John Farrell MacDonald
as Inspector Doremus
Russell Hopton
as Tommy Tennant
Vivien Oakland
as Gerry Classon
Frank Reicher
as Abe Ohlman
Robert E. O'Connor
as Sgt. Cleary
Francis McDonald
as Kinland Gangster
Paul Hurst
as Corbett
Hooper Atchley
as Hotel Manager
George Chandler
as Witness
Spencer Charters
as Doorman
John Ince
as Doctor
Sid Saylor
as Deliveryman
John Ince
as Doctor
Spencer Charters
as Doorman
George Chandler
as Witness
Hooper Atchley
as Hotel Manager


Stephen R. Roberts
Pandro S. Berman
Edward Kaufman
Anthony Veiller
Roy Hunt
Max Steiner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Mel Burns