One Exciting Night (1922)

Carol Dempster, Henry Hull
D.W. Griffith
A murder mystery from the Inventor of Hollywood, D.W. Griffith! This adaptation of the wildly popular Broadway play The Bat revolves around the murder of a bootlegger at a crowded party, and the attempts of the party guests to discover the identity of the killer. Carol Dempster plays a young orphan girl whose new lover is deemed the prime suspect in the brutal and mysterious crime—but is he wrongfully accused? Tautly directed by Hollywood icon D.W. Griffith (The Birth of a Nation), the film was so successful that it spawned a host of similarly themed “Murder mystery/old dark house” films. (BW)