The Midnight Girl

1
New York's great opera 
 house - to which wing
the famous song birds of 
the world.

2
It was something more
 than Mimi Divito's voice
that kept her on as Opera's
stellar Daughter of Song,
season after season.

	- Dolores Cassanelli

3
Nicholas Harmon, the im-
 mensely wealthy patron
of music, loved his weaknesses
- and his favorite weakness 
was Nina.

	- Bela Lugosi

4
His idealistic step-son,
 Don, held secret con-
tempt for the elder's wanton
romance.

	- Gareth Hughes

5
His fiance, Natalie Schuyler,
 one of the Schuylers, sensed
by his indifference a real
menace to her craftily contrived
scheme to marry into the 
Harmon millions.

	- Ruby Blaine

6
"She is passť. Her voice
 is going - and so am I."

7
"Always I have told you to
 rid of her, get. Her voice
 now only a noise is."

8
"Leave it to me. She goes
 at once."

9
The self-made Harmon was
 most socially ambitious
for alliance with the aristo-
cratic Schuyler name. And 
so he pelted Don with dollars.

10
She ever dreaded that time
    when some younger
woman might displace her in
Harmon's rather experienced 
heart.

11
She spared no artifice
     to hold him.

12
"I have got to run away
 now, dear, but don't forget
 to drop down to my apart-
 ment when you get home."

13
"It's a pity that boy has
 too much money to use
 the musical genius God
 gave him."

14
For financial reasons
  Mrs. Schuyler was
anxious to hasten the
marriage.

	- Charlotte Walker

15
"Your music makes me
 hungry for a kiss,
 dearest."

16
"Ah, perhaps those wedding
 bells should ring sooner
 than we planned."

17
"Better keep your eyes on
 Don. He seems about as
 ardent as a sick gold-fish."

18
"I won't lose the gold-
 fish, mother."

19
Don's mother, Mrs.
 Harmon, long since 
dead.

20
"My dear, you need a rest
 to restore your voice.
 And opera needs a new
 soprano."

21
"You want not only a
 new soprano - but a new
 sweetheart!"

22
"That picture's been sneering
 at me for years. I can't
 stand it!"

23
"How can you remain so
 contemptibly unconcerned
 while this creature insults
 the memory of my mother
 - your wife!"

24
"You shall apologize to
 her and to me!"

25
"I apologize to no one for
 whom I have no respect!"

26
"I'm sorry. I should have
 remembered that my
 mother loved you."

27
"Do not presume again
 to tell me how to live
 my life."

28
"What nerve you have!
 Insulting the hand that
 feeds you! Shiftless
       idler!"

29
"All you've ever given
 me is money - and I'll
  never touch another
    dollar of it!"

30
Running a rooming house
  in Greenwich Village
is an exciting gamble.
Sometimes you win - and
get paid.

The landlady .. Flora Finch

31
"The last man in this
 room died before he
 paid his bill."

32
"The break is final - I
 will not have a cent - I
 am releasing you - right
 now."

33
"Don't worry, mother. I
 won't let the gold-fish
 swim away."

34
Would nobody ever
 really care for him
- just for himself.

35
Anna Meridoff, a refugee
 from Russia's red ruin.

	- Lila Lee

36
Victor Delski, her old
  music tutor, had
faithfully followed.

	- John D. Walsh

37
In the morning, Har-
 mon's head usually 
prevailed over his heart.

38
"I may want a new Prima
 Donna - and I don't object
 to her being very, very
 beautiful."

39
"But, Mon Dieu! Where
 are there any beautiful
 Prima Donnas? I know
 some nice fat ones."

40
"If we can't find one -
 I'll make one!"

41
"Don called up and talked
 a lot of nonsense. Surely
 you won't let him break
 my heart."

42
"Leave it to me. As soon as
 he gets hungry enough he'll
 come crawling back with his
 tail between his legs."

43
On the job - after
   a job.

44
Joe Green, owner of
 a cafe where Don
had lavished many a
goodly bank-roll.

45
"I'm looking for an
 orchestra leader. I'll
 bet you swing a
 mean baton."

46
The little Russians
  few dollars dwindled
rapidly.

47
Old Victor, once one
  of Russia's famous
music masters, now sec-
retly fiddled on the bleak
streets.

48
"Does this - 'friend' give
 you money every day?"

49
Selecting a new sweet-
  heart is almost as
difficult as picking out a 
new hat.

50
"My dear, there is a time
 for all things."

51
Nifty Louis - a mean
   sort of tough.

52
"I'll croak yuh fer this!
 And don't think I'll
 fergit, either!"

53
"We thought America would
 welcome Anna's voice - but
 everybody seems too busy to
 listen. That is why I'm on
 the streets."

54
"Perhaps I can find
 influential ears that
 will appreciate your
 voice."

55
"Your new prima donna! Last
 night I find her! Young!
 beautiful! Voice a golden-
 throated thrush like!"

56
"'The Midnight Girl'!"

57
"Suppose we send Nina
 Morgan to join our Boston
       Company."

58
"My dear Don such a lark -
 the son of a millionaire in
  Joe Green's cafe - -
       delicious!"

59
Nifty Louis never forgot
 his vindictive threats.

60
"Your son conducts so well
 you'd never know he didn't
 have to work."

61
"Do not mar your career 
 as a woman to further
 your progress as a singer."

62
"I'm very proud of your
 success - but don't see
 why it should prevent
 friendliness between us."

63
"No, thanks - I'll - go -
 to my own - room."

64
Through the ensuing days
Don was suspicious that
the girl, not his health,
occasioned Harmon's con-
   tinued solicitude.

65
As the days went on,
Harmon's desire to win
Anna for his wife grew
stronger, so when the 
Schuylers' called on him - -

66
"Drive out after the
 cafe closes."

67
"I came here to tell you
 that I love Anna and to
 warn you to leave her
 alone."

68
"Suppose we leave it to
 her. She might have
 the good sense to prefer
 me."

69
"She is a clean girl and
 if you pull anything -
 I'll - I'll kill you!"

70
"I'll take my chances with
 your bullets - and with
 the girl."

71
A morning rehearsal.

72
"Don't lose your oppor-
 tunity with Harmon. He
 can make you."

73
"Won't you please sing at our
 musicale next month?"

74
"It's a great secret - but -
 my engagement to Don
 Harmon is to be announced
 then."

75
"After we're married you
 must visit us often. Don
 feels like a brother towards
 you."

76
"After to-night 'The Midnight
 Girl' will no longer be your
 obstacle, for she is coming 
 to see me."

77
"Haven't you a weenie
 little kiss for your 
 possible papa-in-law?"

78
"You think you can ship
 me away to Boston like
 a piece of furniture! I'm
 not going!"

79
"I'm tired of your tantrums
 - and you. Either you'll
 use that ticket or you are
 no longer in my employ!"

80
"Do you mean you are
 actually discarding me!"

81
"You are a beautiful woman
 and free of ugly wedding
 rings. And I am just as
 free!"

82
Harmon delighted in the
  thrills of anticipation
in staging the scene for a
new conquest.

83
"But you must tell me
 what has gone wrong!"

84
Harmon always figured that
  the woman he hadn't
kissed was always worth 
two of those he already
had.

85
"A little supper - and
 then - a little music,
 eh?"

86
"I came to tell you that
 our marriage would be a
 farce. We do not love
 each other."

87
"You would throw me over
 for a common cabaret girl -
 who is laughing at you while
 having an affair with another
 man."

88
"Leave her out of it - and
 don't pretend you ever cared
 for me, you were marrying
 me for my father's money."

89
"Fool!! Right this minute
 she is cuddling in your
 father's arms!"

90
"Don't be an idiot. Do
 you want to sing in a 
 cafe all your life!"

91
"I've been a brute. But
 it is you I really, truly
 love!"

92
"It's more than worth
 being hurt to hear
 those words from you."

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The Hands of Time are
  ever writing a diverse
Destiny for us, the Children
of the Hours.

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Another night - and a
 new star shone in
the Heavens of Art.

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