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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:

It's a Pulse-Pounding Breath-Taking Mystery Thriller (Print Ad-Salt Lake Telegram, ((Salt Lake City, Utah)) 18 February 1928) See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

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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Trivia

It is believed that this film existed until 1967. Inventory records indicated that the only remaining print was being stored in MGM's vault #7 which was destroyed by fire in 1967. By that time, all other elements had been destroyed or were missing. See more »

Quotes

Professor Edward C. Burke: Watch my eye and think... think hard. You were in this room that night, remember?
Professor Edward C. Burke: Someone was after your nephew! Or maybe... me!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) See more »

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User Ratings for a Lost Film....?
18 October 2002 | by borschSee all my reviews

Hey, wait!! Hold it a second, guys....how can a film unseen by the general public for 75 years get any User Ratings? Granted, there may be some seniors around who saw the film as children, but are they the ones rating this film on IMDb? Or, are these merely false ratings made by silent film fans based on the reputations of Chaney and Browning and the existence of some tantalizing surviving stills from the film?

I think we need a reality check here: this film is lost, folks, and it's going to stay lost. All efforts to flush a print out of hiding have failed, including those of Turner, who owns the rights and have the most to gain by the film's recovery. (TCM will broadcast a stills-only re-creation of the film in October '02. Translation? Even the rightful owners of the film have given up hope! Does this tell you anything?) And, yes, while someone may have a print in a private collection, or in their attic, etc., it's a real longshot.

Don't get me wrong; the loss of this film is lamentable in the extreme. (The loss of any film is lamentable. The loss of any SILENT film is most lamentable. The loss of any CHANEY film is truly awful. And, the loss of any Chaney film featuring the coolest vampire get-up EVER is unspeakably awful!!!) But, I believe film fans need to let go of this one and move on. The reputations of Chaney and Browning will survive without this film. I believe our energies would be better spent putting pressure on archives and film libraries to release their long-held treasures to the viewing public, as there is a huge amount of silent material that HAS survived, but which goes unseen by all but scholars and the privileged few.


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