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London After Midnight
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Director:
Writers:
Tod Browning (story)
Waldemar Young (scenario)
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Release Date:
3 December 1927 (USA) See more »
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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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restored intertitle cards and still do not make a movie..... See more (21 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)
 
Makeup Department
Lon Chaney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Sharrock .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
A. Arnold Gillespie .... settings (as Arnold Gillespie)
 
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)
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Used as a film that supposedly drove people mad in two episodes of the ITV drama Whitechapel.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Edward C. Burke:Lucille, I am going to reveal to you that your father did not die by suicide!
Lucille Balfour:You can't mean that someone killed my father!
Professor Edward C. Burke:am going to ask you to put yourself in my hands... to do whatever I say... no matter how trying it may be.
Professor Edward C. Burke:I want you to promise to keep this a secret... from everyone.
Lucille Balfour:Mr. Burke, you make me feel that I should trust you... that you are my friend.
Arthur Hibbs:What was he saying to you?
Lucille Balfour:I can't tell you! Please don't ask me!
Arthur Hibbs:I don't trust him! Why wouldn't he let Uncle send for the police last night?
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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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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
restored intertitle cards and still do not make a movie....., 7 April 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"London After Midnight" is a combination mystery film and vampire movie. Lon Chaney plays dual roles--a detective as well as a crazed vampirey guy. Five years after a supposed suicide, weird ghouls move into the dead man's house--and the detective returns to investigate. At the end, the mystery is finally solved--though exactly how all this is proved is baffling--like there is either something missing or it just had a HUGE plot hole.

I won't give this film a numerical rating, as the film no longer exists--at least not in any known archive. Turner Classic Movies recently showed what purported to be "London After Midnight" and I saw it on a DVD with "The Unknown" but it was a strange reconstruction--a film that should have been left lost if you ask me. Using the original intertitles and LOTS of stills from the movie, they attempted to re-create the film--without any actual film! Now I am a die-hard lover of silents and especially love the films of Lon Chaney, but this sort of reconstruction is simply ridiculous. It just isn't THE original film nor is it even a truncated version--it's a bizarre attempt to recreate the film from nothing--totally bizarre. To give the film a sense of movement, the camera moves about the stills--but again, these are just stills! And so, the film is lifeless--with no more energy than simply reading the screenplay. I say with such re-creations it's best to just leave them alone and put your energy into piecing together films with PORTIONS missing--not the entire film! I've seen such re-creations (such as Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon") and since the missing portions are filled in with stills for only tiny portions, it's very acceptable. This one, in my opinion, was a HUGE mistake and not worth your time.

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