The Midnight Girl

The Midnight Girl is a 1925 American drama film directed by Wilfred Noy, starring Lila Lee and featuring Béla Lugosi.

The Midnight Girl
Directed byWilfred Noy
Produced byI. E. Chadwick
Written byJean Conover
Wilfred Noy
Garrett Fort (story)
StarringLila Lee
Gareth Hughes
Béla Lugosi
CinematographyG. W. Bitzer
Frank Zucker
Distributed byChadwick Pictures
Release date
  • February 15, 1925 (1925-02-15)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


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.[1] A print of the film survives.[2][3]

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.[4]

See also


  1. "Sheen of the Silver Sheet", The Washington Post, Feb. 8, 1925, p. S-13.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Midnight Girl". Silent Era. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  3. "The Midnight Girl". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  4. "Nina Morgana Avers Film Hurt Name; Seeks $25,000" Daily News (January 25, 1926): 6. via
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