The Midnight Express (film)

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For the 1978 Alan Parker film, see Midnight Express (film).
The Midnight Express
Directed byGeorge W. Hill
Written byGeorge W. Hill
StarringElaine Hammerstein
William Haines
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 1, 1924 (1924-06-01)
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The Midnight Express (1924) is a silent romantic film directed by George W. Hill.


Jack (Haines) is a young man who has a wild lifestyle. This displeases his father. Jack wants to prove to him he can be a hardworking man as well and decides to find work at a railroad yard as a laborer. Silent Bill Brachley is a convict who has escaped jail and steals Jack's car. Jack chases him and eventually meets Mary (Hammerstein). Brachley is led back to jail and swears revenge. He escapes jail yet again and confronts Jack. After Jack wins the fight, he receives the respect from his father and has Mary as his sweetheart.[1]


After femme fatale Peggy Hopkins Joyce viewed the film, she recalled the kiss between Haines and Hammerstein as the best she'd ever seen on screen. The studio tried to present Hammerstein and Haines as a real-life couple. This was without success, as Haines was homosexual.[2]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ New York Times Overview (Plot)[dead link]
  2. ^ New York Times Reception[dead link]