Black Limelight (1938)

69m, 6200 ft
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Paul L. Stein.

Plot Summary

After he mysteriously disappears, Peter Charrington comes under suspicion when a young woman is murdered during a full moon. His wife Mary is determined to both prove his innocence and agrees to hide him when he turns up back at the family home. But other full moon murders are committed and Mary turns detective, uncovering evidence that points to her attorney Lawrence Crawford being the culprit.


* = uncredited

Director: Paul L. Stein
Associated British Picture Corporation
Director of Production: Walter C. Mycroft
Script: Dudley Leslie, Walter Summers
Play: Gordon Sherry
Director of Photography: Claude Friese-Greene
Editor: Lionel Tomlinson
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven *
Settings: Cedric Dawe
Raymond Massey's Stand-In: Robert Beatty *
Studio: Elstree Studios, London, England, UK

Raymond Massey (Peter Randolph Charrington)
Joan Marion (Mary Charrington)
Walter Hudd (Lawrence Crawford)
Henry Oscar (Inspector Tanner)
Elliott Mason (Jemima)
Dan Tobin (Roberts (reporter))
Coral Browne (Lily James)
Leslie Bradley (detective)
Diana Beaumont (Gwen)

Alternative Titles

Footsteps in the Sand
När natten faller..
. – Swedish title
Ribalta nera
– Italian title


British Film Catalogue 1895-1985, The: A Reference Guide by Denis Gifford catalogue number: 09460
by Walt Lee p.37 – credits