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The Unholy Night (1929)

Passed | | Mystery, Thriller | 14 September 1929 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
Dr. Ballou
Lady Efra Cavendar
Lady Violet Montague
Sydney Jarvis ...
The Butler
Frey - Lord Montague's Orderly
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
The Mystic (as Sojin)
Claude Fleming ...
Inspector Lewis (as Clarence Geldert)
Major Mallory
Col. Davidson
Capt. Dorchester
Philip Strange ...
Lieut. Williams
Lieut. Savor


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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Release Date:

14 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espectro verde  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Lord 'Monte' Montague: I haven't led a blameless life, but I at least I've never given any woman cause to kill me - that is, no more cause than most men give most women.
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[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 »


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


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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"I never scream unless a fella gets gay with me."
28 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

On a foggy night in London, five men are strangled. Four die but the fifth (Roland Young) escapes. Turns out the men all served together in the same regiment years before. Now Scotland Yard gathers the other men from the regiment together at Young's house to figure out the killer.

Nice old dark house mystery with a creepy pre-credits ghost and effective opening few minutes. This was directed by Lionel Barrymore. He only directed a handful of movies and nothing past 1931. Which is a shame because, if this is any indication, he had talent as a director. It does creak some, being an early talkie, but it's still worth checking out. Boris Karloff has an uncredited part as a Hindu lawyer named Abdul. I love Karloff but this is one of his worst performances. He's so over the top you just have to see it for yourself.

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