Return of the Terror

Return of the Terror

theatrical release poster
Directed by Howard Bretherton
Produced by Samuel Bischoff
Screenplay by Peter Milne
Eugene Solow
Based on The Terror (1927 play) by Edgar Wallace[1]
Starring Mary Astor
Lyle Talbot
John Halliday
Frank McHugh
Music by Bernhard Kaun
Cinematography Arthur L. Todd
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • July 7, 1934 (1934-07-07)
Running time
65 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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]



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

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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