When i read this message and noted to myself to check out this film, i failed to notice that you said it was nearly 2 and a half hours! Did they run it at 10 fps or something? Or did Griffith get a slight haunted house story mixed up with America and Janice Meredith? I only got as far as the credits before noting the run time and bailing--i'll either fast forward to the last 20 minutes or wait until i'm sick or something. Instead, i decided to have a more exciting night and turned to my DVR and found Flamingo Road with Joan Crawford and Sidney Greenstreet. Now that's entertainment.Big Silent Fan wrote:YouTube has just posted One Exciting Night (1922), a two hour, 25 minute film from D. W. Griffith. It is watchable, but contains no score. The opening title declares, this is "A Comedy - Drama - Mystery." Another title (after suggesting we pay close attention to the beginning because it will be used in the ending), pleads with the audience not to reveal the ending to others so they can enjoy it for themselves.
I watched this morning using my own favorite music to make it watchable. In some ways, I was reminded of another Silent, The Cat and the Canary, but there's a bit of every film I've ever seen in this as well.
The reward for watching the somewhat tedious story, was the final 20 minutes of the story when all hell breaks out. It's frankly a complete surprise.