The Midnight Story

The Midnight Story is a 1957 American CinemaScope film noir crime film directed by Joseph Pevney, and starring Tony Curtis, Marisa Pavan, and Gilbert Roland. The film was originally slated to be titled The Eyes of Father Tomasino, after the 1955 Lux Video Theatre TV episode it was based on.[1][2]

The Midnight Story
1957 theatrical poster
Directed byJoseph Pevney
Produced byRobert Arthur
Screenplay byJohn Robinson
Edwin Blum
Story byEdwin Blum
StarringTony Curtis
Marisa Pavan
Gilbert Roland
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 4, 1957 (1957-06-04) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



The film was shot on location in San Francisco in August 1956.[3][1] At Tony Curtis's request, the shoot following a "French" shooting schedule, whereby filming would begin at noon and run continuously until 7 p.m.[4]

See also


  1. "Bay Area Film Sites Eyed by Director". The Oakland Tribune. 20 Jul 1956. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  2. O'Brien, Jack (9 Sep 1955). "On the Air". The Sandusky Register. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  3. "Relaxing". The Oakland Tribune. 22 Jun 1957. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  4. Thomas, Bob (6 Aug 1956). "Actors Praise French Movie-Making Method". The Odessa American. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
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