Return of the Terror

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Return of the Terror
Return of the Terror poster.jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed byHoward Bretherton
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Screenplay byPeter Milne
Eugene Solow
Based onThe Terror (1927 play) by Edgar Wallace[1]
StarringMary Astor
Lyle Talbot
John Halliday
Frank McHugh
Music byBernhard Kaun
CinematographyArthur L. Todd
Edited byOwen Marks
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • July 7, 1934 (1934-07-07)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

Return of the Terror is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Howard Bretherton and written by Peter Milne and Eugene Solow. The film stars Mary Astor, Lyle Talbot, John Halliday, and Frank McHugh, and features Robert Barrat and Irving Pichel. The film was released by Warner Bros. on July 7, 1934.[2][3] It was a loose remake of the 1928 film The Terror, based on Edgar Wallace's play of the same name.



A.D.S. of The New York Times said, "The Return of the Terror has been managed with the usual Hollywood skill in the physical properties, but its structure has a carpentered look. As the suspicious reporter, Frank McHugh creates a few laughs, but the writing is strictly routine and the necessary humor is largely absent. Robert Emmett O'Connor is excellent as a hard-boiled detective, and the other principals, John Halliday, Mary Astor, Lyle Talbot and Robert Barrat, are entirely satisfactory."[4]

Preservation status[edit]

A 35mm print has been preserved by the Library of Congress,[5] and a 16mm[6] print of this film survives at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. It was transferred onto 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions[7] in the 1950s and shown on television.


  1. ^ "Screenplay info" on
  2. ^ "Return of the Terror (1934) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  3. ^ "Return of the Terror". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  4. ^ A.D.S. (1934-07-11). "Movie Review - Return of the Terror - THE SCREEN; Who Killed Whom, and Other Violent Questions, in "The Return of the Terror," at the Rialto". Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  5. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress p.209 c.1978 published by The American Film Institute
  6. ^ Return of The Terror (1934)
  7. ^ 1957 MOVIES FROM AAP Warner Bros Features & Cartoons SALES BOOK DIRECTED AT TV

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