The Midnight Girl (Chadwick Pictures, 1925)

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The Midnight Girl

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Nicholas Harmon, a wealthy philanderer and patron of music (Lugosi), spurns his opera singer mistress, Nina (Cassinelli), when her voice begins to fail and turns his lecherous attention to Anna, his stepson’s Russian girlfriend, a nightclub star known as the “Midnight Girl.” When Harmon attempts to forcibly seduce Anna in his apartment, she pulls a gun and tries to shoot him. Instead, she shoots Nina, who has been hiding behind the curtains. A shaken Harmon comes to his sense as he realises how much he loves Nina. The convoluted melodrama ends with Harmon marrying Nina and his stepson (Hughes) marrying Anna.

Garrett Fort, author of the story on which the film was based, worked on screenplays for many films including Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Lost Patrol (1934), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), The Devil Doll (1936) and Among the Living (1941).

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Production company: Chadwick Pictures

Director: Wilfred Noy

Screenplay: Wilfred Noy and Jean Conover. Based on an original story Garrett Fort.

Cinematographer: G.W. “Billy” Bitzer and Frank Zukor

Running time: 67 minutes

Copyright number LP2125, March 17, 1925

Cast:

Lila Lee – Anna 

Bela Lugosi – Nicolas Harmon

Gareth Hughes – Don Harmon

Dolores Cassinelli – Nina

Charlotte Walker – Mrs James Schuyler

Ruby Blaine – Natalie Schuyler

 John D. Walsh – Victor Delsky

William Harvey – “Nifty” Louis 

Sidney Paxton- Joe

Signor N. Salerno – Manager

 

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Photoplay May, 1925

THE MIDNIGHT GIRL Starring Lila Lee and Gareth Hughes

Fairly good entertainment but not for the children.  The cast is composed of such popular favorites as Lila Lee, Gareth Hughes and Dolores Cassinelli.  A newcomer is introduced, Ruby Blaine, and from what we saw of her work, the future looks very promising. The plot is rather old – a beautiful and talented singer’s struggle for recognition on the operatic stage – but at that we find a little of the old hokum in most pictures.

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San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 1925

Midnight Girl Hymen in Revolt, San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 1925

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Omaha World Herald, April 12, 1925

Midnight Girl, Omaha World Herald, April 12, 1925

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Evening World Herald, April 13, 1925

Midnight Girl, Evening World Herald, April 13, 1925

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San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 1925

Midnight Girl, San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 1925

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San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 1925

Midnight Girl, San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 1925 2

 

Midnight Girl, San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 1925

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The Midnight Girl 2

 

The Midnight Girl

Bela Lugosi and Lila Lee

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