While London Sleeps

While London Sleeps is a 1926 Warner Bros. film about a police-dog, Rinty, who helps Scotland Yard defeat a dangerous criminal organisation known as the Mediterranean Brotherhood that operates out of the Limehouse district of London. Walter Morosco wrote the screenplay. It was the first of many films directed by Howard Bretherton, and one of several created for Rin Tin Tin, a German Shepherd dog used in films during the 1920s and 1930s. The film was also released with a Vitaphone sound-on-disc soundtrack with a music score and sound effects, and only the sound discs survive today. [2][3] The British release prints censored the more horrific aspects of the film.[4]

While London Sleeps
Still from the film
Directed byHoward Bretherton
Written byWalter Morosco
StarringRin Tin Tin
Helene Costello
Walter Merrill
CinematographyFrank Kesson
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
November 27, 1926
Running time
66 minutes
52 minutes (edited British print)
Box office$332,000[1]

George Kotsonaros only appeared in two horror films, this one and The Wizard (1927), and he played a beast-man in both movies. He died in a car accident in Alabama in 1933. [4]


Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard concentrates all his forces on the capture of London Letter, a notorious criminal leader in the Limehouse district who possesses both Rinty, a splendid dog, and a man-beast monster called The Monk who ravages and kills at his master's command. Burke almost apprehends the gang in the midst of an attempted theft, but Rinty's uncanny perceptions foil Burke's coup, and Foster is killed for betraying the gang. When Rinty loses in a fight against another dog, Burke's daughter, Dale, rescues Rinty from London Letter's abuse, and he becomes devoted to his new mistress. At the criminal's order, the monster kidnaps Dale and imprisons her. Burke and his men wound London Letter while on his trail, and Rinty finds him dying. In a ferocious battle, Rinty kills the monster by tearing out his throat.


Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $235,000 domestically and $97,000 foreign.[1]

Preservation status

No prints of this film are known to survive suggesting it is lost.[5] It is on the Lost Film Files list for missing Warner Bros., but the soundtrack survives intact on Vitaphone disks in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[6]

See also


  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. Soister, John T. (2004). Up from the Vault: Rare Thrillers of the 1920s and 1930s. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publ. pp. 50–56. ISBN 978-0-7864-1745-2.
  3. "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". www.silentera.com.
  4. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 308. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2016-09-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Lost Film Files - Warner". www.silentsaregolden.com.
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