Midnight Faces

Midnight Faces (1926) is a silent film starring Francis X. Bushman, Jr. and Jack Perrin. The film is an "old dark house" murder mystery in the same genre as One Exciting Night (1922), The Ghost Breaker (1922), The Bat (1926) and The Cat and the Canary (1927).[2]

Midnight Faces
Directed byBennett Cohen
Produced byOtto K. Schreier
Written byBennett Cohen
StarringRalph Bushman
Kathryn McGuire
Jack Perrin
Distributed byGoodwill Pictures
Release date
  • March 25, 1926 (1926-03-25)
Running time
53 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles

Critic Christopher Workman called it "a thoroughly unmemorable entry in the run of old dark house horror comedies. (Director) Cohen handles the material with an almost intentional absence of style, atmosphere and wit.... Even at less than an hour, the film drags interminably."[3]

Cast

Plot

Lynn Claymore inherits an estate in a Florida swamp from an uncle he never knew. His lawyer Richard Mason accompanies him to the property. A strange Chinese man is seen wandering the grounds at night, and a man in a cape is spotted skulking down the corridors by Claymore's cliched "fraidy-cat" black manservant Trohelius. Then a young woman named Mary Bronson shows up, asking to be allowed in to escape an assailant with a knife who she says was stalking her.

References

  1. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p.302. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Midnight Faces
    - Midnight Faces at silentera.com
  3. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 302. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.


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