The Midnight Story

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The Midnight Story
The Midnight Story - 1957 - Poster.png
1957 theatrical poster
Directed by Joseph Pevney
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by John Robinson
Screenplay by Edwin Blum
Story by Edwin Blum
Starring Tony Curtis
Marisa Pavan
Gilbert Roland
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • July 4, 1957 (1957-07-04) (New York City)
  • August 28, 1957 (1957-08-28) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Midnight Story is a 1957 CinemaScope film noir crime film directed by Joseph Pevney starring Tony Curtis, Marisa Pavan and Gilbert Roland.


Father Tomasino is stabbed to death. San Francisco traffic cop Joe Martini felt the priest was like an actual father to him. He asks to assist homicide Lieutenant Kilrain in his investigation, but after being rejected, Joe quits the force.

He has a hunch restaurant owner Sylvio Malatesta could be involved. Joe is warmly welcomed by Sylvio's family, however, and falls in love with a cousin, Anna. He hides his past identity as a cop from her.

Something is troubling Sylvio, but the family believes he still misses a sweetheart killed in Italy during the war. Sylvio also has an alibi for the night of the priest's murder, but Sergeant Gillen gets word to Joe that the alibi is a fake.

In a ploy to encourage Sylvio to confide in him, Joe pretends to be a murder suspect himself. Sylvio breaks down and admits to having killed his own sweetheart, then the priest as well after confiding to him about the murder in confession. Sylvio runs into the street and is struck by a moving vehicle. Dying, he begs for Joe's forgiveness.


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