After Midnight (1921)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Ralph Ince, brother of entrepreneurial film producer Thomas H. Ince, wielded the megaphone on After Midnight. Conway Tearle plays a dual role, as the dissolute scion of a wealthy family and his long-lost brother. Returning home after many years, the "good" Tearle replaces the "bad" one, who after making a sorry mess of his own life and those of his loved ones, is about to die. Straightening out his late brother's affairs, Tearle also falls in love with sister-in-law Zena Keefe. Though Zena knows her "husband"'s true identity, she agrees to keep the secret lest her family be disgraced. After Midnight was produced by Lewis J. Selznick, father of David O. Selznick.

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romance, brother, bum, death, dye, family, fortune [wealth], impersonation, lookalike, lost, love, prodigal-son, sibling, widow/widower