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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
Lord Montague
Lady Efra Cavendar
Lady Violet Montague
Sydney Jarvis ...
The Butler
Polly - the Maid
Frey - Lord Montague's Orderly
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
The Mystic (as Sojin)
Claude Fleming ...
Sir James Rumsey
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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Technical Specs


| (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 Marc h 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 25 August 1958 in Green Bay, Wisconsin on WFRV (Channel 5). Because of its age and obscurity, local television broadcasts were sparse and usually limited to the less predominant markets 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: You see, our family never have ideas; that's why they're so successful in politics, I suppose.
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Crazy Credits

[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 »


There's a Long, Long Trail
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Zo Elliott
Lyrics by Stoddard King
Sung a cappella by the men of the regiment offscreen
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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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