The Missing Link (1927 film)

The Missing Link is a 1927 American silent comedy film directed by Charles Reisner and starring Syd Chaplin, Ruth Hiatt and Tom McGuire.[2] The title is a reference to the so-called "missing link" that connects man and the ape.

The Missing Link
Swedish release poster
Directed byCharles Reisner
Written byCharles Reisner
Darryl F. Zanuck
StarringSyd Chaplin
Ruth Hiatt
Tom McGuire
Music byErno Rapee
CinematographyDevereaux Jennings (fr)
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
May 6, 1927
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles
Budget$313,000 [1]
Box office$608,000[1]


The film was a major production by Warner Brothers, with a budget of $313,000. It earned $608,000, more than any other silent film released by the studio that season.[2]

The New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall praised the film, observing "there are sequences in this comic contraption that are almost ceirtain to appeal to anybody".[3]

Main cast

Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $425,000 domestically and $163,000 foreign.[1]


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 5 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Stein 2010, p. 151.
  3. Stein 2010, p. 150.


  • Stein, Lisa K. (30 November 2010). Syd Chaplin: A Biography. McFarland Publishing. p. 279. ISBN 9780786462261.
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