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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Also known as Il Gobbo di Notre Dame in Italy
(1923) United States of America
B&W : 12 reels
Directed by Wallace Worsley

Cast: Lon Chaney [Quasimodo], Patsy Ruth Miller [Esmeralda], Norman Kerry [Phoebus de Chateaupers], Kate Lester [Madame de Gondelaurier], Winifred Bryson [Fleur de Lys], Nigel de Brulier [Don Claudio (Dom Claude)], Brandon Hurst [Jehan], Ernest Torrence [Clopin], Tully Marshall [El Rey Luis XI], Harry van Meter (Harry von Meter) [Monsieur Neufchatel], Raymond Hatton [Gringoire], Nick de Ruiz [Monsieur le Torteru], Eulalie Jensen [Marie], Roy Laidlaw [Charmolu], W. Ray Meyers [Charmolou’s assistant], William Parke Sr. [Josephus], Gladys Brockwell [Sister Gudule], John Cossar [judge of the court], Edwin Wallock [Luis XI’s chamberlain]; Joe Bonomo [stunt double], Jay Hunt, Harry De Vere, Cesare Gravina, Pearl Tupper, Eva Lewis, Jane Sherman, Helen Brunneau, Gladys Johnston, Elmo Lincoln, William O’Rourke, George MacQuarrie [?] (or Albert McQuarrie?)

Universal Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Universal Pictures Corporation [A Universal Production]. / Scenario by Edward T. Lowe Jr., from an adaptation by Perley Poore Sheehan of the novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo. Art direction by E.E. Sheeley and Sydney Ullman. Assistant directors, Jack Sullivan, William Wyler + [James Dougan]. Photographed (cinematography) by Robert Newhard, with additional cinematography by Tony Kornman. Film editors, Sydney Singerman, Maurice Pivar and Edward Curtis. Music score arranged by Hugo Riesenfeld. Presented by Carl Laemmle. / © 6 September 1923 by Universal Pictures Corporation [LP19381]. Premiered 2 September 1923 at the Astor Theatre in New York, New York. Released 6 September 1923. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Bonomo performed as a stuntman for Chaney. A scene with actor Coy Watson Jr. was edited from the film before release. Edmonds-BigU p. 122 notes that the film was 12 reels long in its original roadshow version. The novel was previously filmed as The Darling of Paris (1917).

Drama: Historical.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.2624.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [16mm reduction positive]; in the film holdings of Film Preservation Associates [16mm reduction positive]; and in private film collections.

Current rights holder: Public domain [USA].

Keywords: Authors: Victor Hugo - Bells - Cathedrals - Crowds - Deaf persons - France: Paris - Hunchbacks - Mobs - Priests

Listing updated: 19 May 2020.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.2624; Blake-Films p. xiv; Bohn-Light p. 97; Brownlow-Parade pp. 290, 578; Cary-Hollywood p. 47; Drew-Speaking pp. 137, 143-145, 159, 280; Edmonds-BigU pp. 9, 55, 69, 74, 78, 79, 107, 119-120, 121-123, 125, 129, 130, 132, 135, 136, 139; Everson-American pp. 182, 182e; Fell-History p. 86; FilmYearBook-1923 p. x; Hirschhorn-Universal p. 14, 15, 42; Jewell-RKO p. 138; Kerr-Silent pp. 8, 31; Keylin-NYTimes p. 114; Lahue-Collecting pp. 27, 49; Lahue-Gentlemen pp. 48, 54, 147; Leish-Cinema p. 58; Limbacher-Feature p. 115; Maltin-Classic p. 314; Manchel-Terrors pp. 46-47, 54, 76; Marrero-Vintage pp. 6, 19, 20, 22, 30; Schuchman-Hollywood pp. 31-32, 111; Sherwood-Best p. xix; Shipman-Cinema p. 79; Slide-Aspects p. 85; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 26, 28, 49, 68, 123; Watson-Keystone p. 308; Weaver-Twenty p. 77; Webb-Hollywood pp. 93, 165 : AmerCine-199510 p. 100; ClasIm-223 p. 47; ClasIm-226 p. 59.

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