Cinema: The New Pictures, Jun. 29, 1959

Middle of the Night (Sudan; Columbia) transforms an honest but clumsy play by Paddy Chayefsky into a cruelly beautiful and moving film, a story of life and love as a man grows older. The man (Fredric March) is a clothing manufacturer—shrewd, hardworking, decent. At 56, still "a vigorous man with normal appetites," still fairly attractive to women, he finds himself a widower. What to do with the rest of his life? At first he simply works, works, works. After a while he starts spending time at his married daughter's house, playing with the baby....

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