Produced and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: August 20, 1927
Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Lawrence Gray, Gwen Lee
Producer: Harry Rapf
Director: Monta Bell
Screenwriters: Lorna Moon; Joe Farnham (titles)
Source: Liberty Bonds, a story by Monta Bell
Cinematographer: Percy Hilburn
A nightclub's “cigarette girl” struggles to keep her erratic sister out of trouble.
“Norma Shearer’s new starring picture, After Midnight, has been started by Monta Bell at M-G-M, based on his original story, Liberty Bonds.”
- “Hollywood Happenings,” Motion Picture News, May 22, 1927
“In some of the intimate scenes of the two sisters, Monta Bell manifests a tendency to emulate Erich von Stroheim and you are constantly made aware that cabaret girls must have silk stockings. Norma Shearer takes her role seriously and gives a really fine performance.”
- Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times, August 16, 1927
“Norma Shearer plays well, but is hurt now and then by unflattering photography.”
- Variety, August 17, 1927
“After Midnight, Norma Shearer’s latest, is just so-so entertainment. The story is weak."
- Lillian W. Brennan, “A Review of Reviews,” The Film Daily, August 22, 1927
After Midnight cost $202,000 and grossed $552,000.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)