The Unholy Night (1929)

35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Lionel Barrymore.

Plot Summary

One dark, foggy night, someone tries to strangle Lord Montague. He escapes to learn that four of his comrades from Gallipoli have already fallen foul of the killer and he arranges for the surviving nine officers to gather at his house. Another murder follows and it becomes clear that the killer is one of their own…


* = uncredited

Director: Lionel Barrymore
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Script: Edwin Justus Mayer
Titles: Joe Farnum
Adaptation: Dorothy Farnum
Story: Ben Hecht
Director of Photography: Ira H. Morgan
Editor: Grant Whytock
Music: William Axt [uncredited]
Sound Recordist: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Costume Designer: Adrian
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons

Ernest Torrence (Dr Ballou)
Roland Young (Lord Montague)
Dorothy Sebastian (Lady Efra Cavander)
Natalie Moorhead (Lady Violet Montague)
Sydney Jarvis (Jordan)
Polly Moran (Polly)
Sojin (Lee Hung)
Claude Fleming (Sir James Rumsey)
Clarence Geldert (Inspector Lewis)
John Miljan (Major Arthur Mallory)
Richard Tucker (Colonel Davidson)
John Loder (Captain Dorchester)
Philip Strange (Lieutenant Williams)
John Roche (Lieutenant Savor)
Lionel Belmore (Major Endicott)
Gerald Barry (Captain Bradley)
Richard Travers (Major McDougal)
George Cooper [orderly] *
George Davis [bit part] *
Boris Karloff [Abdoul] *

Alternative Titles

El espectro verde – Venezuelan title
The Green Ghost
Le Spectre vert
– French title
Lo spettro verde – Italian title


The Films of Boris Karloff by Richard Bojarski and Kenneth Beals p.48 – credits, synopsis
by Walt Lee p.512 – credits