Paddy Chayefsky always had a wonderful way with words and sometimes he was seduced by his own ability to recreate naturalistic conversation. Such was the case in MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT; the dialog is quite real, but it's often thick, and so some of the meat is obscured by fat. It began life
as a TV drama which starred E.G. Marshall and Eva Marie Saint. Then Chayefsky expanded the 1954 version into a 1956 play which featured Edward G. Robinson and a very young Gena Rowlands. For the film, March returned to the screen after a three year holiday and Novak took the femme
lead. As good as
March was, he had some trouble playing a Jewish businessman, and Novak, who wa...