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Waldemar Young (scenario)
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17 December 1927 (USA) See more »
LON CHANEY in a great Scotland Yard Mystery See more »
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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  (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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69 min (22 fps)
Aspect Ratio:
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Is on AFI's "Lost Films" list.See more »
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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Referenced in Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010) (V)See more »


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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A perfect restoration of a 'lost' movie, 17 February 2014
Author: binapiraeus from Greece

From the day that the supposedly 'last' surviving copy of the movie was destroyed in a fire in the 60s, movie fans remained deprived of one of the GREATEST gems the horror-mystery genre had ever produced - until it was wonderfully restored in 2002, with very cleverly arranged scene stills and a very atmospheric music score. Now, watching this masterpiece of film restoration, you've REALLY got the feeling that you're actually watching the movie itself...

And it shows clearly that this early example of the classic mystery movie was almost MORE than perfect in every way: the atmosphere of the old mansion (complete with vaults, cobwebs, ancestors' portraits and bats hanging from the ceiling) would become kind of a basis for all the films of the genre - and was probably only equaled in Browning's other unique masterpiece, the one and only "Dracula"...

The narration technique (using flashbacks) was quite modern for the time, as well as the police methods depicted: even hypnotism was used to solve this 'horror' mystery - a feature which would also be 'borrowed' from many a movie of the genre's Classic era in the 30s...

And, of course, we can see the actors (even through the scene stills) at their VERY best - especially Lon Chaney, who is simply fabulous as the horrifying, devilishly grinning creature; with THIS make-up, he'd even have scared 'Nosferatu' Max Schreck himself! A really GREAT experience for every real fan of the genre, and a lesson for film specialists: it shows how even a 'lost' film can almost be 'put together' again with the help of scene stills - a really ADMIRABLE piece of work done by the experts from the USC and the AMPAS!

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