Johnny Midnight (Edmond O'Brien) is an ex-actor/theater owner, now turned private eye. His turf is Broadway and New York City's theater district. He lives in a penthouse apartment above the...
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Johnny Midnight (Edmond O'Brien) is an ex-actor/theater owner, now turned private eye. His turf is Broadway and New York City's theater district. He lives in a penthouse apartment above the Midnight Theater on West 44th St. and has an Asian houseboy/assistant named Aki (Yuki Shimoda). The majority of his clients are in the theatrical business and one of his trade marks is using his acting and makeup talents as disguises in his PI investigations. This series has very Noir-ish undertones that are emphasized especially with having Film Noir stalwart (D.O.A. and many others) Edmond O'Brien in the lead to provide that cinematic memory. Maxine Cooper (who played Velda in Film Noir classic Kiss Me Deadly) also makes an appearance in an episode titled Phantom Bribe. Set in 1960 the episodes are replete with beatnik slang and characters. The series also has a very nice jazzy score provided by Joe Bushkin.
I enjoyed the comments of the previous writer, but had seen 90% of O'Brien's films before getting this series on DVD. Although not nearly in the class of the great Peter Gunn, it is still an excellent drama that I rate alongside the equally cool M Squad with Lee Marvin. I will definitely try and track down O'Brien's later series as well. It would be great to see these old series released on single Blu-Ray disks in the future although I doubt it will happen. It would be worthwhile re-releasing all the great 40-60s series on Blu-Ray with the ease of shipping single disk series around the world. And I hope this is one of them as the DVD set I have is only about 6/10 quality.
All in all well worth anyone's time. The series also has some excellent actors in guest roles....
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