‘London After Midnight’ — ‘One Reel of Story and Six Reels of Utter Rot’

'London After Midnight'

In perusing Film Spectator for 1928, I found this review of “London After Midnight,” one of the most intriguing of the lost silent movies.

Oh dear:

“The whole thing is too utterly silly to warrant detailed criticism…. There is about one reel of story embellished by six reels of utter rot.”

 

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3 Responses to ‘London After Midnight’ — ‘One Reel of Story and Six Reels of Utter Rot’

  1. E. Yarber says:

    Browning remade the film eight years later as the talkie “Mark of the Vampire.” There, Bela Lugosi replaced Chaney’s peculiar interpretation of a vampire (who apparently duck-walked in a manner something between Groucho Marx and Chuck Berry) with a straightforward approach straight out of the Browning/Lugosi “Dracula” (which had originally been cast with Chaney as the lead).

    20% of “Mark’s” running time was slashed when MGM re-released it, but even at 61 minutes the film feels padded, given that the whole thing is built around endless atmosphere leading to an unsatisfying twist ending.

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  2. Benito says:

    Wonder what this reviewer thought of Tod Browning’s “Freaks”

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  3. aryedirect says:

    Tod Brownings twisted atmospherics were a fine cure for straight and stuffy America.

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