The Midnight Man (1919 film)

The Midnight Man is a 1919 American film serial directed by James W. Horne. It is now considered to be a lost film.[1]

The Midnight Man
Theatrical poster to The Midnight Man (1919)
Directed byJames W. Horne
Written byFrank Howard Clark
Harvey Gates
James W. Horne
StarringJames J. Corbett
Kathleen O'Connor
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Co.
Release date
  • September 1, 1919 (1919-09-01)
Running time
18 episodes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] Bob Gilmore (Corbett), a young Washington clubman, pleads guilty to his foster father's forgery and becomes a fugitive from justice. As he is about to leave, he learns that his supposed parents adopted him from a foundling society. His only clue to his identity is some baby clothing and a ring. While escaping from the city, he is set upon by the White Circle gang of thieves who throw him in front of a train. He miraculously escapes from death and reaches New York City. While robbing a barroom, one of the thieves is killed and the police, finding Gilmore's jewelry on the body, believe that he is dead. Gilmore then takes the name Stevens and breaks into the homes of the wealthy at midnight in an attempt to learn his identity. At each place he takes nothing of value but leaves an impression of his ring in an effort to trace his parents. He has occasion to rescue a pretty young woman from thugs and finds she is the daughter of a wealthy man named Morgan. Morgan (Girard), it develops, is the leader of the White Circle gang. Gilmore is also being followed by a mysterious Hindu, and is being tracked by Detective Arnold (Singleton). Gilmore in the episodes is frequently called upon to display his boxing abilities in rough and tumble fights, and often takes daring athletic feats during his quest to discover his identity.


List of episodes

  1. Cast Adrift
  2. Deadly Enemies
  3. Ten Thousand Dollars Reward
  4. At Bay
  5. Unmasked
  6. The Elevator Mystery
  7. The Electric Foe
  8. Shadow of Fear
  9. The Society Hold-Up
  10. The Blazing Torch
  11. The Death Ride
  12. The Tunnel of Terror
  13. A Fight to the Finish
  14. The Jaws of Death
  15. The Wheel of Terror
  16. Hurled From the Heights
  17. The Cave of Destruction
  18. A Wild Finish

See also


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Midnight Man". Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  2. "Reviews: The Midnight Man". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (8): 56. August 16, 1919.

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