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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
This film was first telecast in Phoenix Saturday 2 March 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), followed by Minneapolis Saturday 23 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); in New York City it first aired Monday 18 November 1957 on the Late, Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2); it afterwards was taken out of the vault in Norfalk VA 12 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Honolulu 28 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Hartford CT 7 January 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Salt Lake City 3 April 1958 KTVT (Channel 4) and in Green Bay WI 25 August 1958 on WFRV (Channel 5). Because of its age and obscurity, local television broadcasts were sparse and usually limited to the less predominant locales because of major market sponsor resistance. Today, it's occasionally resurrected on Turner Classic Movies much to the delight of vintage film fans. See more »
[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 »
This film was also released in a silent version. See more »
With death stalking the darkness, members of a doomed regiment spend THE UNHOLY NIGHT in an old mansion seeking a murderer.
Fine atmospherics and good performances propel this creaky creeper from the very early days of talking pictures. The opening sequence ably depicts the oppressive emotional weight of an extreme London fog. The remainder of the film becomes an Old Dark House picture, with the cast claustrophobically caught in the clutches of a clever killer.
Owlish Roland Young does very well as the gentle nobleman whose grand home becomes a house of horrors. Appreciated for his comedic abilities, Young shows he's equally adept at more serious drama. Ernest Torrence--a very enjoyable character actor of the era whose career was cut short by an early death--plays the friendly doctor trying to deal with the brutal deaths. Lovely Natalie Moorhead portrays Young's sister, a woman fascinated by the supernatural. Dorothy Sebastian appears as a beautiful & mysterious lady from the East with a strange story to tell.
Blustery Major Lionel Belmore, and John Miljan as a badly scarred Major, are two of the 'Doomed Regiment.' Polly Moran has a few good moments as a frightened maid. Exotic Sojin is most effective as a Chinese mystic.
Movie mavens will easily recognize an unbilled Boris Karloff appearing as a sinister Turkish lawyer.
Director Lionel Barrymore makes good use of the new sound technology with a few well placed screams and some hearty singing from the officers of the regiment.
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