Tod Browning’s 1927 “London After Midnight” starring Lon Chaney is the most famous lost film of all time. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” film historian Daniel Titley, author of the upcoming book “London After Midnight: The Lost Film,” discusses the film’s complex history and whether it will ever seen again.
BOOTLEG FILES 608: “Spree for All” (1946 animated short featuring Snuffy Smith).
LAST SEEN: A French black-and-white print can be found on YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: It was lost for decades due to intentional destruction of all copies.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Unlikely.
When considering the subject of lost films, most people fixate on productions made during the silent movie era. However, a surprisingly large volume of sound era films is considered lost, including Hollywood films made as late as the 1940s.