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Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that ... See full summary »


Abraham Merritt (from the novel by), Benjamin Christensen (story) (as Richard Bee) | 2 more credits »


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Creighton Hale ... James Kirkham
Sheldon Lewis ... The Spider
William V. Mong ... The Professor
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Sojin (as Sojin)
Laska Winter ... Satan's Mistress
Ivan Christy ... Jim's Valet
DeWitt Jennings ... Uncle Joe
Nora Cecil ... Old Witch
Kalla Pasha Kalla Pasha ... Prof. von Viede
Harry Tenbrook ... Eve's Chauffeur
Cissy Fitzgerald ... Old Lady at Party
Angelo Rossitto ... The Dwarf
Thelma McNeil Thelma McNeil ... Tall Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inez Marion Inez Marion ... Maiden


A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious, this man tries to steal one of her fathers rubin, and she and her fiance are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a mysterious Mr. Satan. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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See a hideous creature called "The spider"; a dog-faced professor, a queer dwarf; a witch and a savage gorilla chasing two lovable lovers through chambers of horrors in Satan's playground! (Print Ad- Janesville Daily Gazette, ((Janesville, Wisc.)) 26 February 1929) See more »


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Release Date:

7 April 1929 (Denmark) See more »

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Satan's Stairwell See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (talking sequences, musical score, sound effects)| Silent (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as both a silent and a part-talkie. See more »

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Some fun, but too much of the same thing
30 August 2000 | by galensaysyesSee all my reviews

This is an old-dark-house movie. A young couple creep around a weird mansion said to be run by Satan, where they run from and into one after another of an ill-assorted crew: a lady in distress, an ape, an ape-man, a midget, various odd-looking people, and (for some reason) two Chinese. They end up in a throne room where the hero is required to play a "Price Is Right" sort of contest involving a climb up seven steps with seven illuminated footprints; hence the title. For my taste it's too much of the same thing. The creeping around fun-house corridors is amusing for a while, then becomes repetitive. By comparison with Harold Lloyd or Buster Keaton or Laurel and Hardy doing the same bit in two reels, it isn't truly funny. It's not frightening either, and apparently wasn't intended to be: the household is too absurd. Most films in this genre balance the comedy with a genuine threat, and usually two--one that the characters are led to believe is real, and another for which it's a cover. Here the cover isn't to be taken seriously, and neither is what covered. A few moments of fun emerge from the mix, but it's rather heavy fun. The novel on which the film was based was a straight thriller and I think could have been played straight to better effect--and still could be.

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