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The Unholy Night (1929)

Passed | | Mystery, Thriller | 14 September 1929 (USA)
On a dark foggy London night, someone tries to strangle Lord Montague, but he escapes. Only to discover the four other men who did get killed were old regimental comrades in Gallipoli. When... See full summary »

Director:

Lionel Barrymore

Writers:

Ben Hecht (story), Edwin Justus Mayer (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Torrence ... Dr. Ballou
Roland Young ... Lord Montague
Dorothy Sebastian ... Lady Efra Cavendar
Natalie Moorhead ... Lady Violet Montague
Sydney Jarvis Sydney Jarvis ... The Butler
Polly Moran ... Polly - the Maid
George Cooper ... Frey - Lord Montague's Orderly
Sôjin Kamiyama ... The Mystic (as Sojin)
Claude Fleming Claude Fleming ... Sir James Rumsey
Clarence Geldart ... Inspector Lewis (as Clarence Geldert)
John Miljan ... Major Mallory
Richard Tucker ... Col. Davidson
John Loder ... Capt. Dorchester
Philip Strange Philip Strange ... Lieut. Williams
John Roche ... Lieut. Savor
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On a dark foggy London night, someone tries to strangle Lord Montague, but he escapes. Only to discover the four other men who did get killed were old regimental comrades in Gallipoli. When Scotland Yard gets Monty to gather the other nine surviving officers at his home, one of them is murdered, and no one else has entered the house. Now, they must determine who the murderer is. Written by Kathy Li

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Between darkness and dawn...strange figures, stranger events fill this enthralling thriller to overflowing! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed
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Trivia

For reasons known only to MGM, Boris Karloff, prominently featured in a key supporting role, is not credited on screen, but his name is more sensibly listed in ninth credited position in the Variety review of 16 October 1929. See more »

Quotes

Sir James Rumsey: I'm a teetotaler, thank you.
Lord 'Monte' Montague: Oh, you shock me. And you've such a nice, kind face, too. When did you take the veil?
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Crazy Credits

[preface] The amazing revelations pictured here are compiled from one the most sensational murder cases on police record. The rare psychosis of the crime and the method of its exposure are stranger than fiction.....because they are true! See more »

Alternate Versions

This film was also released in a silent version. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Le spectre vert (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Long, Long Trail
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Zo Elliott
Lyrics by Stoddard King
Sung a cappella by the men of the regiment offscreen
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Creaky Fun
28 October 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This very early talkie mystery-thriller was directed by Lionel Barrymore, and is quite well acted and written if one has a taste for old-fashioned melodrama and barnstorming ham. A fascinating period piece, which, if one likes the period, is priceless.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espectro verde See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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