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      Midnight Mary

      Released Jun 30, 1933 1h 11m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 69% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Penniless and with a checkered past, Mary (Loretta Young) falls in with the crooked Leo (Ricardo Cortez), who uses the unwitting young woman as a pawn in his crimes. Lovestruck lawyer Tom (Franchot Tone) helps Mary go straight, but a jealous Leo comes after the attorney in a murderous rage. Mary, in order to save Tom, is forced to gun down Leo. She is then put on trial, but, afraid of mixing Tom up in the sordid case, she refuses to mention his involvement, which could seal her fate. Read More Read Less

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      John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) Demonstrates that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer could be as down and dirty as Warner Bros. when necessary... Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 17, 2011 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View Loretta Young puts on her tough girl act, the cocky, been-around-the-block pose of street smarts and world-weary experience, for Midnight Mary... Mar 24, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member another weepie from MGM borrowing loretta young from WB. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member 3: The loose women, presumed prostitution, and recreational sex make it obvious it's pre-code. Loretta Young is ravishing as always, but perhaps more so here than is usual simply because she is so young. There is also an open discussion of basic instances and nature, such as sex, followed by a discussion of their plans for the rest of the evening. Solid film and a winning title to boot. A winner in my book. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A good drama with a good cast, but ultimately it could have been better. It was one of many criminal past themed films at the time, so it wasn't too unique. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Parts of this have dated, and it doesn't all quite hang together the way it should, but there is a lot fo admire in William Wellman's pre-code melodrama. Loretta Young is very good as Mary, a woman torn between love and her duty to the crime family that raised her. The art direction is superb. Pre-Code grittiness. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Mary sits in the clerk's office, awaiting the verdict of her murder trail. Through a sequence of flashbacks, Mary looks back at her life and we see her struggles to overcome poverty early in her life, which in the end leads to her involvement with a group of gangsters. Wellman's Midnight Mary is a rather detailed examination of how one woman's early environment leads her down a path of a questionable lifestyle which ultimately could doom her. That being said, this is not a weak character, but rather a tough woman whose been shaped by her environment to do whatever is neccessary, whether through manipulation or good old fashioned hardwork, to survive in the society she inhabits. I have got to acknowledge the fact that Loretta Young was so damn pretty in her early years-such beautiful big eyes she had. Anyway, this is just a great story, that is actually in-the-end rather uplifting, particularly for a Wellman film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Well directed, if slightly overwrought, gangster melodrama from Wellman. As with his other 30s films, the direction is inventive and the visuals are engaging. The ending is a bit silly though. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Penniless and with a checkered past, Mary (Loretta Young) falls in with the crooked Leo (Ricardo Cortez), who uses the unwitting young woman as a pawn in his crimes. Lovestruck lawyer Tom (Franchot Tone) helps Mary go straight, but a jealous Leo comes after the attorney in a murderous rage. Mary, in order to save Tom, is forced to gun down Leo. She is then put on trial, but, afraid of mixing Tom up in the sordid case, she refuses to mention his involvement, which could seal her fate.
      Director
      William A. Wellman
      Screenwriter
      Anita Loos, Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew's Inc.
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 30, 1933, Original
      Runtime
      1h 11m