Imported from the USSR to direct the vehicles of silent-screen diva Pola Negri, Dmitri Buchowetzki eventually found himself working with such lesser (but in fact more popular) stars as Laura LaPlante. Set in pre-revolutionary Russia, the story gets under way when both the Grand Duke Sergius (Pat O'Malley) and banker Ivan Kusmin (George Siegmann) falls in love with American-born ballerina Olga Balashova (Laura LaPlante). For her part, Olga has eyes only for handsome young military cadet Alexei Oroloff (Raymond Keane). When the Grand Duke is found in an innocent but compromising situation with Olga, the infuriated Alexei strikes the man down -- whereupon he is arrested and sentenced to be executed. Desperately, Olga goes to Kusmin, begging him to use his influence to save Alexei. Instead, Kusmin lures Olga aboard his yacht, intending to seduce her. She is saved from that famous Fate Worse Than Death by the Grand Duke himself, who proves that he's a regular guy by rescuing Alexei from the firing squad in the nick of time. Based on a novel by Lauridas Brunn, The Midnight Sun was originally released as a "road-show" attraction, complete with reserved seating and an intermission.
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