Something Always Happens (1928 film)

Something Always Happens is a 1928 American silent horror film directed by Frank Tuttle. The plot was the work of director Frank Tuttle, from which the screenplay was written by Florence Ryerson and Raymond Cannon, and the subtitles were provided by Herman J. Mankiewicz.[1] The film stars Esther Ralston, Neil Hamilton, Sôjin Kamiyama, Charles Sellon, Roscoe Karns, Lawrence Grant, and Mischa Auer. It was released on March 24, 1928, by Paramount Pictures.[2][3] It is not known whether the film survives, or who holds the rights[4].

Something Always Happens
Still with Neil Hamilton and Esther Ralston
Directed byFrank Tuttle
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Adolph Zukor
Screenplay byRaymond Cannon
Herman J. Mankiewicz
Florence Ryerson
Frank Tuttle
StarringEsther Ralston
Neil Hamilton
Sôjin Kamiyama
Charles Sellon
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byVerna Willis
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 24, 1928 (1928-03-24)
Running time
55 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Oriental character played by Sôjin Kamiyama in the film resembled Fu Manchu, not surprising as Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu character was very popular among filmgoers in 1928. Japanese actor Sojin played similar horror roles in The Bat (1926), The Unholy Night (1929) and Seven Footprints to Satan (1929). This film should not be confused with the 1934 sound film of the same title.[1]


A thrill seeking socialite named Diana Mallory is engaged to marry a bland, very proper Englishman named Roderick Keswick. Keswick wants to purge Diana of her thrill seeking ways, so he arranges for her to spend a night in a haunted house, in order to frighten the audacity out of her. Unbeknowst to Keswick, the old mansion is being used as a hideout for an Oriental criminal mastermind named Chang-Tzo, and Diana winds up having the adventure of her life. The house sports some weird characters, one of which is referred to in the film as "The Thing" (Noble Johnson).



  1. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 331. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. "Movie Review - Don t Marry - THE SCREEN; The Old-Fashioned Impostor. -". Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. "Something Always Happens". Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  4. Progressive Silent Film List: Something Always Happens at
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