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Midnight Faces (1926)

A young man inherits a mansion in a Florida swamp from an uncle he never knew he had. When he, his assistant and the estate's executor arrive at the house, the audience catches sight of ... See full summary »


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Bennett Cohen, Forrest Sheldon (titles) (as Forrest K. Sheldon)


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Cast overview:
Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Lynn Claymore
Jack Perrin ... Richard Mason
Kathryn McGuire ... Mary Bronson
Edward Peil Sr. ... Suie Chang
Charles Belcher Charles Belcher ... Samuel Lund
Nora Cecil ... Mrs. Hart
Martin Turner Martin Turner ... Trohelius Snapp
Eddie Dennis Eddie Dennis ... Useless McGurk
Al Hallett Al Hallett ... Otis the Butler
Andrew Waldron Andrew Waldron ... Peter Marlin (as Andy Waldron)
Larry Fisher Larry Fisher ... Red O'Connor


A young man inherits a mansion in a Florida swamp from an uncle he never knew he had. When he, his assistant and the estate's executor arrive at the house, the audience catches sight of someone crawling in the window, though the house is supposed to be unoccupied. As the house staff begins to arrive they sense a strange presence in the house, and when a young woman no one knows runs into the house to escape a knife-wielding psycho, the occupants realize they may be in danger from both outside and inside the house. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com & others

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Release Date:

25 March 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Fires See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 7 February 1950 on KTTV (Channel 11), as the 7th presentation in their Nickelodeon Flickers series. See more »

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Yet another old dark house movie....
5 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1920s through the 1930s, Hollywood made quite a few old dark house movies--ones which have very, very similar plots involving a group of people stuck in a place with some maniacs. In light of this, "Midnight Faces" already has a major strike against against it. Just a few similar films would include "The Old Dark House", "The Cat and The Canary". "The Bat", "The Black Cat", "The Bat Whispers" and even comedies such as Harry Langdon in "The First Hundred Years", Buster Keaton in "The Haunted House" and Bob Hope in "Ghost Breakers"--and I'm sure I could come up with quite a few others if I tried!

This film finds out hero inheriting an old estate in Florida. However, when he, his friend and his black man-servant (thrown in for comic relief) near the home, they think they see something moving inside. Once they take possession, some of the dead uncle's old servants arrive and they are a bizarre assortment of stereotypes--including a supposed Chinese man who look like he's just walked off a Fu Manchu film set! At night, trouble erupts and it's up to the leading man and his friends to get to the bottom of it. Much of it didn't make much sense until the very end--when the long and complicated plot is explained--including what REALLY happened to the uncle. There were a few surprises but all in all, the movie seemed terribly derivative--just like the many other similar films I've seen. It's pleasant enough but nothing special.

By the way, one sour note in the film is the black servant. While he didn't over-react as badly as some black men in these films did, all too often they were included as a cheap laugh. Back then, white folks though it was hilarious to see a black man act cowardly and scared in these films. This role, like most of the films listed above, was present in this film but fortunately his performance wasn't as over the top or offensive as most--but it still wasn't necessary.

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