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The Unholy Night (1929)

Passed  -  Mystery | Thriller  -  14 September 1929 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Torrence ...
Dr. Ballou
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Lady Efra Cavendar
Natalie Moorhead ...
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
...
Inspector Lewis (as Clarence Geldert)
John Miljan ...
Major Mallory
Richard Tucker ...
Col. Davidson
John Loder ...
Capt. Dorchester
Philip Strange ...
Lieut. Williams
John Roche ...
Lieut. Savor
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

14 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espectro verde  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

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: It was rather difficult navigating in the fog, you see. I remember thinking at the time that it was as thick as my creditors used to be before my uncle died... Yes. You know, I never began to live until my uncle died.
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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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"I never scream unless a fella gets gay with me."
28 April 2014 | by (USA) – 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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