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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lord Montague
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Lady Efra Cavendar
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Lady Violet Montague
Sydney Jarvis ...
The Butler
Polly Moran ...
Polly - the Maid
George Cooper ...
Frey - Lord Montague's Orderly
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
The Mystic (as Sojin)
Claude Fleming ...
Sir James Rumsey
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Inspector Lewis (as Clarence Geldert)
John Miljan ...
Major Mallory
Richard Tucker ...
Col. Davidson
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Capt. Dorchester
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 »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Passed
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14 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espectro verde  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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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

Lord 'Monte' Montague: There may be some fellows around who don't think I'm an ornament to society, but then I've had that same idea about myself at times.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by the men of the regiment three times and at the seance
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Boris Karloff was a Lawyer in this Classic Film!
28 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just recently taped this great film Classic and enjoyed going back in time to 1929 and enjoying a picture directed by Lionel Barrymore for MGM. This black & white film with foggy scenes of London and a group of British former officers drinking scotch and soda and singing old tunes while their fellow comrades died like flies, kept you wondering who the killer really was. There was mention of the "Green Ghost through out the picture and it seems this film was originally called "The Green Ghost". It was funny seeing painted words on the kitchen wall, "Waste NOT" WANT NOT" The big shocker was seeing Boris Karloff, "Bedlam" '46, appear as a lawyer and reading the last will of their fellow officers. Karloff was grateful that Lionel Barrymore gave him an uncredited role in this film, which boosted his recognition on the silver screen. Roland Young(Lord Montague) "Topper"'37 gave a very comical and dramatic performance and would be considered very slap stick in this generation. Dorothy Sebastian(Lady Efra Cavander) former Ziegfeld Gal put some so called action into the film with her very close-cut hair style. Most films in the late 1920's are very hard to find, this is a gem that was great viewing and took me way back in time. Enjoy this film, if you can find it !


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