|THE MIDNIGHT GIRL (director/writer: Wilfred Noy; screenwriters: Jean Conover/story by Garrett Fort; cinematographers: Frank Zukor/G.W. Bitzer; editor: Paul F. Maschke; cast: Bela Lugosi (Nicholas Harmon), Lila Lee (Anna), Gareth Hughes (Don Harmon), Charlotte Walker (Mrs. Schuyler), Dolores Cassinelli (Nina), Flora Finch (Landlady), Ruby Blaine (Natalie Schuyler); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: I.E. Chadwick; Video Yesterday; 1925-silent)|
drama has Bela Lugosi sporting a goatee."
by Dennis Schwartz
silent drama has Bela Lugosi sporting a goatee
in the film directed by the British stage
actor Wilfred Noy ("The Devil's
Cage"/"Eager Lips"/"Father O'Flynn").
It's based on a story by Garrett Fort,
and is written by Noy and Jean Conover.
plays the wealthy American opera impresario Nicolas
Harmon. Lila Lee plays the Russian singer Anna, who is
trying to get work in opera. At the club where
Nicolas's estranged step-son Don (Gareth
Hughes) is the orchestra leader, Anna
dances in the floor-show to a number entitled "The
Midnight Girl." Don arranges for his step-dad to see
Anna perform at the club. Later, at the study of the
elder Harmon, he makes a pass at his son's
girlfriend, and she responds by throwing an object
at him. It misses him but it hits Nina (Dolores Cassinelli),
who is hiding behind a curtain. Nina is
the temperamental diva, the
current opera house lead singer romantically
linked to Nicolas. She has been let go because she's
losing her voice.
After that embarrassing incident, everything comes up smelling roses as Lugosi comes to his senses and rights his wrong.
REVIEWED ON 4/17/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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