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One Exciting Night (1922)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 2 October 1922 (USA)
A young orphan girl, courted by an unpleasant older wealthy man who has a hold over her adoptive mother, falls in love with a young stranger at a party. Odd noises begin to be heard as a ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith (story) (as Irene Sinclair)
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Cast overview:
Carol Dempster ... Agnes Harrington
Henry Hull ... John Fairfax
Porter Strong Porter Strong ... Romeo Washington
Morgan Wallace ... J. Wilson Rockmaine
Charles Croker-King Charles Croker-King ... The Neighbor (as C.H. Croker-King)
Margaret Dale ... Mrs. Harrington
Frank Sheridan ... Detective
Frank Wunderlee Frank Wunderlee ... Samuel Jones
Grace Griswold Grace Griswold ... Auntie Fairfax
Irma Harrison ... The Maid
Herbert Sutch Herbert Sutch ... Clary Johnson
Percy Carr Percy Carr ... The Butler
Charles Emmett Mack ... A Guest (as Charles E. Mack)
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A young orphan girl, courted by an unpleasant older wealthy man who has a hold over her adoptive mother, falls in love with a young stranger at a party. Odd noises begin to be heard as a group of bootleggers clandestinely try to get away with their hidden loot. One of them is killed and the young man is suspected of being the killer. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunted Grande See more »

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Budget:

$267,000 (estimated)
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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100 exciting minutes
18 February 2007 | by mart-45See all my reviews

Nice goings-on in an old mansion. But several flaws as well. The plot is a bit over-written, and there are numerous warnings on title cards to be very attentive, to be very afraid and so on. One step away from a brainwash really. From the first moments it's difficult to understand who's who - especially if you have a washed out bootleg copy, such as mine. You just don't distinguish the many faces. Plus there are several black-face performances, which is really stupid, as the men who are supposed to be black servants, have especially distinctive paleface features. Needless to say, they also provide the comic relief, and needless to say, it's all about rolling the eyes, waxing stiff, falling down, and running around in terror, yelling "lawdy, lawdy!" or something similar. In other words, not funny. I did like the leading lady and I can't blame Griffith for falling madly in love with her. Fortunately she's not only pretty, but also quite convincing as a 16-year old precious little rich girl, hungry for her mother's love. I immediately went browsing the net and found two more films where she is in, so I'll know a bit more when these arrive. Strangely enough her career totally ended a few years after this film, and I would like to know the reason, why. The leading man was a new face to me as well, even though looking at the list of his films, I realized I have seen several, but from the later period. He looks like he could be 16 himself, whereas in reality he was 32. Very handsome and moving as a young man tortured by love, he left a very good impression on me. There are nice interiors and some very good 1922 fashions displayed. I only wish there were a good, sharp, legitimate copy released. Despite some obvious flaws in the story, the complexity of the plot and the irritating comic subplot, a thoroughly enjoyable dark old house flick.


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