Star of Midnight

Synopsis: Friend Tim Winthrop asks criminal lawyer and amateur detective Clay Dalzell to find his girl, Alice, who disappeared a year earlier without a trace. When they go to the theater with Clay's would-be fiancée, Donna Mantin, Tim recognizes the star, Mary Smith, as his girl, and yells "Alice," after which she bolts from the stage and disappears once again. Reporter Tommy Tennant knows why she bolted, but before he can tell Clay the reason, he is shot dead and Clay is wounded slightly in Clay's apartment. The many suspects include Roger Classon and his wife, Jerry, who are looking for Alice to testify and save Roger's friend from the electric chair for a murder he didn't commit; Abe Ohlman, the producer of Mary's show; and gangster Jimmy Kinland who seems to know more than he's telling. It's up to Clay, with the help of Donna, to trap the murderer and find Alice.
Director(s): Stephen Roberts
Production: RKO Pictures
90 min

Just drive down state street.

I'll tell you where later.

Alice, can't you at least

tell me where you're going?

It's business, darling.

Don't worry.

I'll either call you

or be back by half past 10:00.

Give me miss markham, please...

Alice markham.

No, markham! Markham!

"M" like in...

Like in "Minneapolis. "

Well, that's absurd!

She couldn't have checked out!

I was... hello?



Mr. winthrop.

Oh, thank you.

That was in Chicago

over a year ago.

It's driving me crazy, dal.

I can't find a trace

of her anywhere,

And I've got to find her.

I won't believe

she's dead.

She's probably married and settled

down and has eight kids by now.

Oh, I beg your pardon. That

was only a year ago, wasn't it?

Oh, be serious, dal.

I'm asking you for help.

Nothing doing. I've got enough

trouble with my own women.

No cocktails, swayne.

No, sir?


Very good, sir.

Don't you understand, dal?

I'm still in love with her.

But, Tim, I'm not a detective,

and I don't want to be.

I'm a lawyer

and a very good one.

Just because

I happen to have more fun

Solving cases

than trying them,

My friends all seem to think

that I'm a combination

Of Charlie chan, philo vance,

and the sphinx

All rolled in to one.

Yeah, but you help

so many people out of scrapes.

That's the least you could do

for a friend.

Well, I'll tell you

what I'll do.

If, in my communings with

the spirits, astral or liquid,

I receive any message or omen,

I'll let you know.

How's that?

Thanks, dal.

What makes you think

she's in New York?

Oh, I don't know.

Seems to me that

if I wanted to lose myself,

New York would be

the easiest place to do it in.

You've been reading

too much o. Henry.

Now, I said no cocktails,


You know we're dining

at the coreys'.

Yes, sir, quite.

But if I might suggest...

We're having

cocktails, Tim.

Yes, sir.

I-i think it best.

The gin at the coreys'

is not, uh, authentic.

Thank you, swayne.

Why the third glass?

Miss mantin phoned, sir,

And said that she'd stop for you

on her way to the coreys'.

I was afraid of that.

You'll like this kid, Tim.

She's quite a character.

I've known her

since she was 10.

She ran away from home

when she was 11.

They found her

in my apartment.

She announced that

she had decided to marry me.

I'll be careful

of her.

You could go a lot further

and do a lot worse.

It's Mr. tennant, sir,

returning your call.

Hello, tennant.

I thought we'd agreed

That my name wasn't to appear

in your column anymore.

Your name's news, dalzell.

Well, I never bit a dog

in my life,

And I don't want my name

in your column again.

Is that understood?

Wait a minute.

Mary, get the mantin story.

Hold the line, will you?

All right.

Hello, swayne.

Hi, dal.

Hiya, mantin.

Donna mantin,

Tim winthrop.

How do you do?

Delighted to meet

any friend of dal's.

You must come and see us often

when we're married.

Tim, the woman

is a shameless hussy

And a fact distorter.

Have a drink.


Yes, I'm still here.

Here's my lead for tomorrow.

"Bad news

for New York debutantes.

"Clay dalzell

will quit playing the field

To be led to the altar

by Donna mantin. "

Where'd you get that?

Some dame called up

and gave it to me.

Is it true?

Wait a minute.

Did you tell Tommy tennant

that we were gonna be married?



Well, you can't get ruled off

for trying.

There's not a word of truth

in it.


then I can use this...

"Donna mantin,

wealthy young socialite,

"Was seen having tea

with Jim kinland,

"Alleged public enemy number 3,

yesterday afternoon.

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