Midnight at Maxim's (1915)

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This Kalem four-reeler was filmed on location at Maxim's, the famous New York cabaret. Virtually plotless, the film is little more than a parade of popular nightclub acts, presented for the entertainment of an enthusiastic on-screen audience (who look suspiciously like Kalem bit players). What story there is concerns a timid young New Yorker who tries to strike up an acquaintance with a worldly cabaret dancer. Just when it seems as though romance will blossom, the girl reveals that she already has a husband. Midnight at Maxim's was the sort of time-filling nonsense ground out by older studios like Kalem, which continued to hold fast to their pre-1914 "twice a week" release schedules even as other companies were beginning to favor quantity over quality.