Seven Footprints to Satan
|Seven Footprints to Satan|
|Directed by||Benjamin Christensen|
|Produced by||Richard A. Rowland|
|Written by||Benjamin Christensen|
William V. Mong
|Editing by||Frank Ware|
|Distributed by||First National Pictures|
|Release dates||January 27, 1929|
|Running time||60 minutes; 6 reels(5,405 feet)|
Seven Footprints to Satan is a 1929 American dark comedy film directed by Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen. Based on the book of the same name by Abraham Merritt, it stars Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, William V. Mong and Sheldon Lewis, and contains appearances by Sojin and Angelo Rossitto among others. It was produced as both a silent film and as a part-talkie, making it one of the last (if not the last) silent horror films.
- Thelma Todd - Eve
- Creighton Hale - Jim
- Sheldon Lewis - 'The Spider'
- William V. Mong - The Professor
- Sojin -
- Laska Winters - Satan's Mistress
- Ivan Christy - Jim's Valet
- DeWitt Jennings - Uncle Joe
- Nora Cecil - The Old Witch
- Kalla Pasha - Professor Von Viede
- Harry Tenbrook - Eve's Chaueffeur
- Cissy Fitzgerald - The Old Lady
- Angelo Rossitto - The Dwarf
- Thelma McNeil - The Tall Girl
- Charles Gemora - Gorilla
- Louis Mercier - Satanist
- Julian Rivero - Satanist
- Dick Sutherland - Bit
- Loretta Young - One of Satan's Victims
Seven Footprints to Satan is the fifth of seven films made by Christensen during his tenure in Hollywood, and is one of only four that survive in a relatively complete state (Eagle's Nest and Haunted House are believed to be lost; House of Horror exists only in sound elements). Seven Footprints to Satan is also notable one of the first films of Loretta Young, who appears uncredited as an extra.
Release and Availability
Seven Footprints to Satan was released as both a silent film and as a sound film with Vitaphone musical score, sound effects and some dialogue sequences. Despite some negative reviews from such publications as the New York Times, the film performed well at the box office. A companion Photoplay edition of the Merritt novel (published by Gross & Dunlap and featuring several stills from the film) also proved to sold extremely well. Ayn Rand was one commentator who endorsed the film.
According to Internet reviews, only a silent version of the film, with Italian intertitles, is currently available for viewing.
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