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Director:
Writers:
Tod Browning (story)
Waldemar Young (scenario)
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Release Date:
17 December 1927 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
LON CHANEY in a great Scotland Yard Mystery See more »
Plot:
The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Tantalizing reconstruction with elegant stills gives a hint of how good the film may have been... See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney ... Professor Edward C. Burke

Marceline Day ... Lucille Balfour
Henry B. Walthall ... Sir.James Hamlin
Percy Williams ... Williams, Balfour's Butler
Conrad Nagel ... Arthur Hibbs
Polly Moran ... Miss Smithson, the New Maid
Edna Tichenor ... Luna, Bat Girl
Claude King ... Roger Balfour
Andy MacLennan ... Bat Girl's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Cavan ... Real Estate Broker (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Gallagher (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
 
Writing credits
Tod Browning (story "The Hypnotist")

Waldemar Young (scenario)

Joseph Farnham (titles)

Produced by
Tod Browning .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad  (as Merrott B. Gerstad)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Reynolds 
Errol Taggart (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Cedric Gibbons (settings)
A. Arnold Gillespie (settings) (as Arnold Gillespie)
 
Makeup Department
Lon Chaney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Sharrock .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wallace Chewning .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia Coulter .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Jack Feinberg .... set musician (uncredited)
Sam Feinberg .... set musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Luz .... cue sheet compiler
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
69 min (22 fps)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Is on AFI's "Lost Films" list.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Edward C. Burke:Watch my eye and think... think hard. You were in this room that night, remember?
Professor Edward C. Burke:Someone was after your nephew! Or maybe... me!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)See more »

FAQ

Has this movie been found? I've seen ads for it on TCM and it's part of "The Lon Chaney Collection" DVD set!
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Tantalizing reconstruction with elegant stills gives a hint of how good the film may have been..., 1 October 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Personally, I'm grateful that the elegant B&W production stills survived in order that we can see what Tod Browning's production might have looked like had it not been destroyed by fire.

It also helps if you've seen Browning's remake of this same story called THE MARK OF THE VAMPIRE ('35) with its surprise ending being made much clearer than it is in this reconstruction where there is only one caption that even hints at what was going on with the theatrics.

I was captivated by the dark-haired beauty of MARCELINE DAY and appalled at the silent histrionics of CONRAD NAGEL who wore the same look of horror and disbelief in every shot. The ending was blunted without giving a full explanation for any of the doings, which is why seeing the '35 version is advisable for anyone who is still confused.

The '35 version had BELA LUGOSI, LIONEL ATWILL and LIONEL BARRYMORE in key roles and was extremely well worth viewing. This silent version, reconstructed with stills, appeared to be beautifully photographed with appropriately cobweb-covered interiors and intense B&W lighting for atmospheric effects.

Chaney's make-up appeared to be quite startling--for me it was even more so than his "Phantom" disguise--and his Inspector Burke seemed a very forceful creation judging from the intense finger waving stills.

Well done reconstruction except for the weak ending which missed making its point. The background score was fine.

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