Alpha Midnight is a fat caps-only geometric stencil with bi-form alternates. Sightings are very common when looking at 1970s print media. Tracking down information about its designer and original manufacturer can lead to a trail of rumors and dead-ends. It would be easy to call Alpha Midnight a casualty of history, especially since it has seen little use in the past few decades.
It saw frequent use on ’70s movie posters, most especially. A perfect example is the poster (and related promotional materials) for Night Moves, a 1975 movie starring Gene Hackman. The title, set in Alpha Midnight, was apparently an essential detail that VHS and DVD cover designers didn’t overlook when they followed suit in decades following.
Alpha Midnight might be the most well known phototype of a series that also included Alpha Midday, Alpha Sunrise, and Alpha Twilight. Some have credited John Schaedler, of Tabasco fame, as the designer. Nick Curtis made a digital typeface inspired by Alpha Midnight called Mister Bones NF in 2011.