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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

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
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Storyline

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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All Talking Thrilling Mystery Marvel See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Passed
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14 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espectro verde  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

For reasons known only to MGM, Boris Karloff, prominently featured in a key supporting role, is not credited on screen, but his name is more sensibly listed in ninth credited position in the Variety review of 16 October 1929. See more »

Quotes

Lord 'Monte' Montague: I haven't led a blameless life, but I at least I've never given any woman cause to kill me - that is, no more cause than most men give most women.
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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 »

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Alternate-language version of Le spectre vert (1930) See more »

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Here's a Bowl of Wine, Drink It Down, Drink It Down
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Composer unknown
Sung a cappella by the men of the regiment
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Creaky Fun
28 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This very early talkie mystery-thriller was directed by Lionel Barrymore, and is quite well acted and written if one has a taste for old-fashioned melodrama and barnstorming ham. A fascinating period piece, which, if one likes the period, is priceless.


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