The Hunchback of Notre Dame (September 2, 1923)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 

Released on September 2, 1923: The archdeacon of Notre Dame frames a young Gypsy street dancer for murder, and the deformed bell-ringer for the famed cathedral tries in vain to save her from the noose of death.

Produced by Carl Laemmle

Directed by Wallace Worsley

The Actors: Lon Chaney (Quasimodo), Patsy Ruth Miller (Esmeralda), Norman Kerry (Phoebus de Chateaupers), Kate Lester (Madame de Condelaurier), Winifred Bryson (Fleur de Lys), Nigel De Brulier (Don Claudio), Brandon Hurst (Jehan), Ernest Torrence (Clopin), Tully Marshall (El Rey Luis XI), Harry von Meter (Mons. Neufchatel), Raymond Hatton (Gringoire), Nick De Ruiz (Mons. Le Torteru), Eulalie Jensen (Marie), Roy Laidlaw (Charmolu), Ray Myers (Charmolu's assistant), William Parke (Josephus), Gladys Brockwell (Sister Gudule), John Cossar (judge of the court), Edwin Wallock (King's chamberlain), Fred Behrle (unknown), Joe Bonomo (unknown), Earl Gordon Bostwick (unknown), Helen Broneau (unknown), C.E. Collins (unknown), Jim Collins (unknown), Harry De Vere (unknown), Charles Farrell (unknown), Al Ferguson (unknown), Max Garnetz (unknown), John Gough (unknown), Cesare Gravina (unknown), Charles Haefeli (unknown), Fred Herzog (unknown), Alfred Hollingsworth (unknown), Harry Holman (fat man), Al Hoxie (soldier), Jay Hunt (unknown), Arthur Hurni (unknown), John Impolito (unknown), Gladys Johnston (unknown), Bob Kortman (hook hand), Louise La Planche (baby Esmeralda), Ethan Laidlaw (unknown), Eva Lewis (unknown), Elmo Lincoln (unknown), Eric Mack (unknown), Albert MacQuarrie (unknown), George MacQuarrie (unknown), Harry Mann (unknown), Alex Manuel (unknown), Louis Miller (unknown), Russ Powell (unknown), Albert Prisco (unknown), Mabel Richardson (unknown), Walter Rodgers (unknown), Gilbert Roland (unknown), Eugene H. Roth (unknown), Lou Salter (unknown), Rolfe Sedan (unknown), Nick Shaid (unknown), Jane Sherman (unknown), Lydia Yeamans Titus (unknown), Rene Traveletti (unknown), Pearl Tupper (unknown), Robert Wahlberg (unknown), Malcolm Waite (unknown), Clarence Wilson (unknown)

 

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German born Carl Laemmle started a chain of nickelodeons in Chicago during the birth of motion pictures, and after growing his business he wanted to start producing his own films instead of buying them from Thomas Edison. He refused to pay Edison royalties for the patents that Edison had on motion picture production and the two battled for many years. Some of the other independent film producers left the east coast for California to escape the grip of the Edison Trust, but Laemmle fought several hundred legal challenges between 1909 and 1912 from Edison's General Film Company, finally winning the right to produce motion pictures without paying royalties to Edison. With victory at hand he formed Universal Pictures, and quickly moved with other film producers to California, getting as far away from Edison as he could. Universal prospered in California over the following years and this film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was one of the first really big blockbuster movies that helped push Universal to the forefront of motion pictures. Lon Chaney, son of deaf-mute parents started acting in motion pictures in 1912, and when he performed in this story as Quasimodo in the Victor Hugo novel he started becoming known for his amazing make-up effects as the man with a thousand faces. Chaney was so expert at movie make-up that he wrote an article for the Encyclopedia Britannica on the subject. His portrayal of Quasimodo in this film included a large false deformed eye embedded over his real right eye, and the long hours without the use of this eye caused him vision problems for many months after filming was completed. But in the end, Carl Laemmle and Lon Chaney and a cast of hundreds created a legendary film from a legendary novel about the legendary Cathedral of Notre Dame that stands almost a hundred years later as a 'must see' motion picture for all movie fans. Pop a really big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Ernest Torrence and Nigel De Brulier
Ernest Torrence and Nigel De Brulier
Ernest Torrence as Clopin
Ernest Torrence as Clopin
Ernest Torrence
Ernest Torrence
Esmeralda being tortured to force her to confess
Esmeralda being tortured to force her to confess
Eulalie Jenson
Eulalie Jenson
Lon Chaney is whipped for a crime he didn't commit
Lon Chaney is whipped for a crime he didn't commit
Lon Chaney searches for Esmeralda
Lon Chaney, as the Hunchback of Notre Dame, searches for Esmeralda
Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Nigel De Brulier and Brandon Hurst
Nigel De Brulier and Brandon Hurst
Nigel De Brulier
Nigel De Brulier
Norman Kerry
Norman Kerry
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notrre Dame
Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notrre Dame
Patsy Ruth Miller enters Notre Dame Cathedral
Patsy Ruth Miller enters Notre Dame Cathedral
Patsy Ruth Miller, as Esmeralda, offers Lon Chaney a drink of water
Patsy Ruth Miller, as Esmeralda, offers Lon Chaney a drink of water
Patsy Ruth Miller rests in Notre Dame Cathedral
Patsy Ruth Miller rests in Notre Dame Cathedral
Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda the Gypsy street dancer
Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda the Gypsy street dancer
Tully Marshall
Tully Marshall
Winifred Bryson
Winifred Bryson