LE REVENANT AU BAISER MORTEL ("The Ghost With the Deadly Kiss")
Now, this is a real mystery. This silent feature (82 mins) came from the collection of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse (France) and was recently restored by the C.N.C. (Centre National du Cinéma) and numerized. The only available informations from the French print are the distributor's name (Les Films André Ghilbert), the French title, and "Kortner" listed as the star. The titles (in French of course) also give the names of some characters, such as "Holzen", "Fred Muller", "Lotte Bergner", "Loergner", and two cities or villages, "Molsheim", and "Dornach".
Fritz Kortner (1892-1970) appeared in almost one hundred movies from 1915 to 1968, among them "The Other Self" (Fritz Freisler, 1918), "Satanas" (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1920), "Warning Shadows" (Arthur Robison, 1923), "The Hands of Orlac" (Robert Wiene, 1924), "Pandora's Box" (George Wilhelm Pabst, 1929), "Atlantik" (Ewald André Dupont, 1929), "Midnight Menace" (aka "Bombs Over London", Sinclair Hill, 1937), "The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler" (James P. Hogan, 1943), "Blaubart" (Christian-Jaque, 1951 - German-speaking version of the same director's "Barbe-Bleue") etc.
In spite of this actor's celebrity, this movie is NOT listed in any of Kortner's filmographies, including on IMDb, and under any title.
The story is about two couples, one whose the marriage - and the baby - are hidden to the husband's father. The father is angry that his son is still "a bachelor" and decides to organizes his marriage. The other couple, still unmarried, is reluctant to marry, being afraid of an old legend that circulates in the city, of a ghost who appears periodically at some marriages, kisses the bride and she dies the following days. It's rather a comedy, but there is a long flash-back with the ghost, who appears/disappears mysteriouly from nowhere..
The problem is that nobody was able to identify precisely this movie, neither the original title, country (Germany? Austria?), the director nor the cast - apart from "Fritz Kortner" - and even this is unsure as he is not recognizable in the movie.
Theorically you can watch the movie for free on the C.N.C. website, but I'm not sure if the link can be operative from other countries :