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Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that ... See full summary »

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Abraham Merritt (from the novel by), Benjamin Christensen (story) (as Richard Bee) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Thelma Todd ... Eve Martin
Creighton Hale ... James Kirkham
Sheldon Lewis ... The Spider
William V. Mong ... The Professor
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Sojin (as Sojin)
Laska Winter ... Satan's Mistress
Ivan Christy ... Jim's Valet
DeWitt Jennings ... Uncle Joe
Nora Cecil ... Old Witch
Kalla Pasha Kalla Pasha ... Prof. von Viede
Harry Tenbrook ... Eve's Chauffeur
Cissy Fitzgerald ... Old Lady at Party
Angelo Rossitto ... The Dwarf
Thelma McNeil ... Tall Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inez Marion Inez Marion ... Maiden
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A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious, this man tries to steal one of her fathers rubin, and she and her fiance are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a mysterious Mr. Satan. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Seven startling footprints, and every step takes you deeper into the most mysterious events that the screen has ever recorded. See more »


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1929 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan's Stairwell See more »

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Mono (Vitaphone) (talking sequences, musical score, sound effects)| Silent (alternate version)

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1.33 : 1
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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good and creepy film from director Benjamin Christensen about a couple (Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale) who are kidnapped and taken to an old dark house ran by Satan. Inside the house the two are terrorized by a dwarf (Angelo Rossitto of Freaks fame), a gorilla, an ape man like creature and other weirdos. The atmosphere of this film is so incredibly thick that you'll actually feel as if you're walking among all of these characters. There are several creepy moments as the couple walk around this house, which just has one weird room after another. The film isn't as great as the director's Haxan but it's still among the best of its genre. The set design is terrific and the editing is among some of the best I've seen from this period. You easy to see that this film influenced Universal's Dracula, Paramount's Island of Lost Souls and some of the orgy scene from Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut appears to have been influenced by this film.


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