Rediscovered lost Silent Film

Herbert Blaché’s Secrets of the Night (1924)

University of Toronto’s Media Commons Preservation Screening Event highlighting the newly discovered original ending at the Media Commons Theatre

ZaSu Pitts from scene in Secrets of the Night (1924)


March 9, 2017 – University of Toronto Media Commons is pleased to announce the rediscovery of the complete rare Herbert Blaché Universal-Jewel film “Secrets of the Night” (1924). The screening of the restored film will be held at the Media Commons Theatre, March 29, 2017 at 6:45pm, along with live musical accompaniment by Jordan Klapman. The newly rediscovered film, complete with the original opening credits and ending, will be the highlight of the evening followed by a light reception.

The Herbert Blaché murder mystery-melodrama comedy boasts an impressive cast, led by James Kirkwood, Madge Bellamy, and ZaSu Pitts. The film was discovered by Media Commons Assistant Media Archivist Christina Stewart in a recent donation of silent films by a local collector. There are no known surviving film elements listed in any global film archive collections and currently the Library of Congress has the title listed on their “Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films 1912-1929” list. A 16mm print is known to exist in a private collection, which is available digitally.  

The University of Toronto Media Commons performed the necessary assessment and conservation work on this unique surviving film print in order to create a digital preservation master and digital access copies. The film has a run time of approximately 64 minutes and admission is free. Media Commons Theatre is fully accessible and all are welcome. Please RSVP for the event at, as space is limited.