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London After Midnight (1927)

Passed | | Horror | 3 December 1927 (USA)
The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires?

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Tod Browning (story "The Hypnotist"), Waldemar Young (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Professor Edward C. Burke
Marceline Day ... Lucille Balfour
Henry B. Walthall ... Sir.James Hamlin
Percy Williams ... Williams, Balfour's Butler
Conrad Nagel ... Arthur Hibbs
Polly Moran ... Miss Smithson, the New Maid
Edna Tichenor ... Luna, Bat Girl
Claude King ... Roger Balfour
Andy MacLennan Andy MacLennan ... Bat Girl's Assistant
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Storyline

When Roger Balfour is found shot dead in his London home, his death is declared a suicide by Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard, even though the executor of Balfour's estate, Sir James Hamlin, insists his friend never would have taken his own life. Five years later, the abandoned Balfour house comes to life again with the arrival of two sinister-looking tenants: a fiendish-looking man with pointed teeth, bulging eyes and a tall beaver hat, and a pale young woman in a long gown. The presence of the strangers prompts Sir James, who lives next door, to call in Inspector Burke again. Also living in the Hamlin household are the other people who were also present in Balfour's house the night he died: Sir James' nephew, Arthur Hibbs; the late Balfour's now-grown daughter, Lucille; and Williams, the butler. Burke expresses skepticism about Sir James' suspicions that the new neighbors might have been involved in Balfour's death, until strange things start happening: Balfour's body disappears ... Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Taglines:

What a guarantee of a perfectly thrilling evening! (Print Ad- Greenfield Recorder, ((Greenfield, Mass.)) 20 March 1928) See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Lon Chaney's character, Man in the Beaver Hat, became so popular that several figurines of this character was released. See more »

Quotes

Luna, Bat Girl: Aw, stop kicking! We got more for doing this than we'd earn in a month at the theatre!
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Alternate Versions

Although live-action prints of "London After Midnight" are long lost, a reconstruction of the film made entirely from still photographs has been prepared by Rick Shmidlin for Turner Classic Movies. This reconstruction runs about 40 minutes and premiered on October 31st, 2002. See more »

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Even though this is lost, the reconstruction is very good.

"London After Midnight" is one of those films that has sparked a lot of debate and discussion over the years.

In all likelihood, this movie will never be recovered but the reconstruction that was provided by "Turner Classic Movies," provides a good idea as to how the film looks.

Lon Chaney gives a truly frightening and un- nerving make-up job as the fake vampire. It is hard to judge how good a performance he gives but I'll wager it was very good - as he usually was.

This film was remade in 1935 as "Mark of the Vampire" (also directed by Tod Browning).


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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

3 December 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hypnotist See more »

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Budget:

$152,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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