Before he directed Freaks and Dracula, Tod Browning worked with Lon Chaney on a silent film called London After Midnight. It was a 65-minute silent film from MGM that told the story of an abandoned house where a wealthy man is said to have committed suicide five months prior, and now the house is taken over by ghoulish figures. The last known copy of the film was lost in the MGM vault fire in 1967. But there have been rumors of prints popping up for a long time, but none of them panning out. New rumors of a copy being discovered in Spain is being talked about by Robert Parigi, a producer on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
I’m noticing chatter that a 7-reel print of long-lost Tod Browning/Lon Chaney film LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (featuring Chaney’s iconic “Man in the Beaver Hat” Vampire) has been discovered in Spain! I had long heard rumors of a print in Cuba. Is this perhaps that print, now sent to Spain? Fans of Browning’s work have been obsessed with this film for decades. In 2002, the film was recreated using still photos and the original script. And Browning himself remade the film in 1935, calling it Mark of the Vampire and it starred Bela Lugosi. In a way, this is the Holy Grail of silent horror films and finding a print could be a boon for whoever has it… which begs the question, if there is a print out there, why hasn’t it come to light before this?