Screwball 'Midnight' on screen

Jan 12, 2013
Claudette Colbert plays an American showgirl torn between her love for a cabbie (Don Ameche, left) and the gold-digging tendencies that draw her to an aristocrat (John Barrymore, right) in “Midnight.”

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The theme for January's movies is Comedies of Yesteryear.

The Jan. 18 film is "Midnight," a 94-minute film from 1939. Eve Peabody has just arrived in Paris with only the gown on her back — so what's a girl to do? Pretend to be Hungarian baroness, of course. Claudette Colbert stars as the lovely lass who ditches a smitten cabbie (Don Ameche) to crash a regal affair. There, she meets an aristocrat played by John Barrymore, who gives her a royal disguise and hires her to lure away his cheating wife's lover. The result is a classic screwball comedy with a touch of romance.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Thomaston Academy Building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications editorial assistant Holly Vanorse Spicer can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at


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