Midnight Madness

“Its very title reeks of strange people, mystery, suspense!” read the publicity for this silent melodrama, loosely inspired by “The Taming of the Shrew.” Secretary Norma Forbes accepts the proposal of wealthy diamond miner Michael Bream but reveals to her boss and actual love interest that she’s only marrying for the money. Eavesdropping through a conveniently open door, Michael schemes to teach her a lesson by leading her to believe he is penniless. After the wedding, he takes her to South Africa, where they settle in a bleak shack and where Norma discovers the hardships of life in the jungle. She sends a cable to her former employer to retrieve her. After the two men fight, Michael is bound and left prey to a lion—prompting Norma to realize her true feelings and attempt a daring rescue.

Genres: Drama