London After Midnight (film)

London After Midnight
London After Midnight Poster 1927 MGM.jpg
English language theatrical release poster. A direct copy of this poster was also printed in Spanish.
Directed byTod Browning
Produced byTod Browning
Irving Thalberg (uncredited)
Written byWaldemar Young (scenario)
Joseph W. Farnham (titles)
Based on"The Hypnotist"
by Tod Browning
StarringLon Chaney
Marceline Day
Conrad Nagel
Henry B. Walthall
Polly Moran
Edna Tichenor
Claude King
CinematographyMerritt B. Gerstad
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Irving Thalberg (uncredited)
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 3, 1927 (1927-12-03) (United States)
Running time
65 mins[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1,004,000[3]

London After Midnight, (also known as The Hypnotist in the UK), is a 1927 American silent mystery film with horror overtones directed and co-produced by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney, with Marceline Day, Conrad Nagel, Henry B. Walthall, and Polly Moran. The film was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was based on the short story "The Hypnotist" also written by Browning.

The last copy of the film known to exist was destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire,[4] making London After Midnight one of the most famous and eagerly sought after of all lost films.[5] In 2002, Turner Classic Movies aired a reconstructed version,[6] produced by Rick Schmidlin, who used the original script and film stills to create this version.[7]

Theatrical poster

In 2014, the only contemporary poster known to exist for the film was sold in Dallas, Texas to an anonymous bidder for $478,000, making it the most valuable movie poster ever sold at public auction[8] (the 1932 film The Mummy had held the previous record for a poster's sale at public auction, selling for more than $453,000 in 1997).[9]