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The Midnight Girl (1925)

A corrupt art patron finds himself in love with the same girl as his stepson.


Wilfred Noy


Jean Conover (adaptation), Garrett Fort (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Lila Lee ... Anna
Gareth Hughes ... Don Harmon
Dolores Cassinelli ... Nina
Charlotte Walker ... Mrs. Schuyler
Bela Lugosi ... Nicholas Harmon
Ruby Blaine Ruby Blaine ... Natalie Schuyler
John D. Walsh John D. Walsh ... Victor
William Harvey William Harvey ... Nifty Louis
Sidney Paxton Sidney Paxton ... Joe
Signor N. Salerno Signor N. Salerno ... Manager
Flora Finch ... Landlady


Wealthy arts impresario Nicholas Harmon tires of his aging operatic star Nina, who is also his lover. Harmon's son Don dislikes the way Nina disparages his late mother, and rejects his father and his money when the senior Harmon refuses to rebuke her. Don leaves his father's house and takes a job as a nightclub musical conductor. He meets a Russian refugee girl, Anna, who has a beautiful singing voice, and falls in love with her,. When Nicholas Harmon happens to visit the nightclub and hears and sees Anna, he decides she will be his next star -- and his next lover. Father and son are thus pitted each against the other for Anna's favors. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A thrilling romance of Broadway after dark




Did You Know?


Bela Lugosi kisses an actress in a very brief romantic scene. In an interview, he had mentioned interest in doing romantic roles, as he had done so onstage in Hungary. Alas, shortly after Dracula (1931), he was typecast as the heavy, and this would pretty much be the only romantic kiss he got to share in USA, on the big screen. See more »


When Nina is shot at the end, she holds her stomach but soon removes her hand, showing her dress is intact and revealing the complete absence of gunshot wound or blood. See more »


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Decent Melodrama
10 April 2004 | by the_mysteriousxSee all my reviews

This 1925 film was one of the best silent film roles for Bela Lugosi, before he had even played Dracula on stage. Lila Lee gets top billing at the young age of 24, as she had already been in dozens of films. The story involves Lugosi as a wealthy art patron whose top singer is getting old. He is searching for a new prima donna, when his son, who is unhappily engaged, leaves his father's riches to prove himself on his own. The son, Don, then finds Lila Lee, Anna, on the streets when her elder music teacher is abused by a bully and he rescues them. Don brings Anna back to his father, only to find that his father is instantly infatuated with her. Many melodramatic twists ensue and there is a nice old-fashioned resolution. The Midnight Girl seems like classic, standard melodrama for its' day. The main standout of it today is the Lugosi presence. He is quite good and isn't the ham you may expect. There is not much directorial style, but ultimately this is a satisfying, enjoyable programmer if you're looking for this type of old-fashioned entertainment.

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15 February 1925 (USA) See more »

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A Pendula da Meia Noite See more »

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