The Midnight Girl
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).
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
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
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.
San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 1925
Omaha World Herald, April 12, 1925
Evening World Herald, April 13, 1925
San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 1925
San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 1925
Bela Lugosi and Lila Lee