Midnight Story is supposed to be a North Beach tale about an Italian
family - only the Malatestas aren't Italian, they live on Telegraph Hill,
and they go to church in the Bayview. Tony Curtis is traffic cop Joe Martini.
When a beloved neighborhood priest is murdered, Tony moves in with prime
suspect Salvatore Malatesta and the man's brood in order to prove his suspicions
and solve the mystery. Things get complicated when Curtis falls in love
with cousin Anna and is accepted into the family. Not the most compelling
among San Francisco's film noir entries, mostly because the so-called Italian
family is without a scintilla of authenticity. The Midnight Story is, however,
worth a look for some great City locations as well as shots of Curtis in
uniform. The Malatesta house is 1227 Montgomery Street at Union. When Joe
and Salvatore hang out on the wall in front of 1227, the view from the
Street overlook is fascinating. The Russ Building and Shell Building
are prominent. Today they are overshadowed by towers. The 1957 picture
was filmed in Cinemascope by director Joseph Pevney. Included is a fantastic
bit part by character actress Kathleen Freeman.
Clay Street Apt 4C"
Lady of Lourdes All Hallows Chapel
about The Midnight Story