The Midnight Girl
|The Midnight Girl|
|Directed by||Wilfred Noy|
|Produced by||I. E. Chadwick|
|Written by||Jean Conover|
Garrett Fort (story)
|Cinematography||G. W. Bitzer|
|Distributed by||Chadwick Pictures|
Lugosi plays, according to an intertitle, "Nicholas Harmon, the immensely wealthy patron of music" who "loved his weaknesses — and his favorite weakness was Nina," his mistress, an opera singer whose voice is faltering. His stepson Don, an orchestra conductor, rejects the attentions of a society girl. Don becomes estranged from his stepfather in an argument, and leaves to succeed on his own. He helps the career of Anna, a newly arrived singer from Russia who becomes a nightclub star, the "Midnight Girl". Harmon sees her perform, and is entranced. He invites her to his apartment, where his attempts to seduce her become forceful. Anna fires at gun at him, but hits instead Nina, who has been hiding behind a curtain. Harmon realizes how much he loves Nina, and cradles her in his arms. At the end of the story, Don has married Anna, who is now a leading opera singer, and Harmon has married Nina.
The film was adapted from a story by Garrett Fort, who would later write the screenplay for Lugosi's Dracula. It was filmed in early 1925 at Long Island Studios, on Long Island, New York. A print of the film survives.
In 1926, opera singer Nina Morgana sued Chadwick Pictures over The Midnight Girl, claiming that the opera singer character in named "Nina" is portrayed as "debauched" and "passe", and thus was damaging to Morgana's reputation.
- "Sheen of the Silver Sheet", The Washington Post, Feb. 8, 1925, p. S-13.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Midnight Girl". Silent Era. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
- "The Midnight Girl". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- "Nina Morgana Avers Film Hurt Name; Seeks $25,000" Daily News (January 25, 1926): 6. via Newspapers.com
- The Midnight Girl at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Midnight Girl on IMDb
- The Midnight Girl is available for free download at the Internet Archive