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The Midnight Story (1957)

aka The Midnight Story

"The strangest manhunt in the history of crime!"

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Details: 89 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Joe Martini
Small Anna Malatesta
Small Sylvio Malatesta
Small Sgt. Jack Gillen
No_movie_poster Mama Malatesta
Small Lt. Kilrain
No_movie_poster Peanuts Malatesta
No_movie_poster Rosa Cuneo
No_movie_poster Charlie Cuneo
No_movie_poster Veda Pinelli
No_movie_poster Father Giuseppe
No_movie_poster Det. Sgt. Sommers
No_movie_poster Frankie Pellatrini
Small Grocer
No_movie_poster Mother Catherine
No_movie_poster Frank Wilkins

Crew:

No_movie_poster Edwin Blum Screenplay
Small Joseph Pevney Director
No_movie_poster Robert Arthur Producer
No_movie_poster Russell Metty Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Ted J. Kent Editor

Taglines:

"The strangest manhunt in the history of crime!"

Plot:

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 a 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.