Midnight Madness by F. Harmon Weight (US, 1928, 65 min.). “Its very title reeks of strange people, mystery, suspense!” reads the advance publicity for this silent melodrama, loosely inspired by The Taming of the Shrew. Norma accepts the marriage proposal of Michael, a wealthy diamond miner. She reveals to her boss—and actual love interest—that she’s only marrying for the money. Having eavesdropped through a conveniently open door, Michael schemes to teach his gold-digging fiancée a lesson.

Preservation funded by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Preserved by Sony Pictures Entertainment and UCLA Film & Television Archive from a 35mm nitrate print. Laboratory services by Film Technology Company, Inc. Additional laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory. This film was preserved through a partnership of the New Zealand Film Archive, the American archival community, and the National Film Preservation Foundation, as part of a project supported by Save America’s Treasures, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.