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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Public Domain: The Hunchbak of Notre Dame (1923) Lon Chaney Sr

Directed by Wallace Worsley

Lon Chaney Sr. stars in this adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic tale The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hugo’s story has been adapted many times since then, and RKO’s 1939 film is probably the most famous, but this film from 1923 comes a close second. It was Universal Studios’ most successful silent film and grossed over $3 million.

It has to be said that the film was very well produced, but it is likely that the real reason behind its success lies with Lon Chaney. He was a perfect choice to play Quasimodo and it is worth noting that Chaney, who was known as The Man of 1,000 faces, applied all of his own makeup.

Wallace Worsley directed the film. Chaney and Worsley worked together several times and were known to have enjoyed a very good professional relationship. In fact, just a year earlier, they combined their talents for the 1922 horror film A Blind Bargain. Sadly this is now considered to be a lost film.

This 1923 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame often finds its way onto horror-related websites, probably due to Chaney’s frightening appearance in the film, but I had to think twice about adding it this site because, despite Chaney’s monstrous appearance, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is probably better categorised as a drama, or possibly a romance. Either way, there is a lot happening, little of which could be called horror. But, what the heck, I added it anyway; so if you want to watch it just scroll down to the page and press play.

CAST

Lon Chaney
Patsy Ruth Miller
Norman Kerry
Kate Lester

Winifred Bryson
Nigel De Brulier
Brandon Hurst
Ernest Torrence

Tully Marshall
Harry von Meter
Raymond Hatton
Nick De Ruiz

Eulalie Jensen
Roy Laidlaw 
Ray Myers
William Parke

Gladys Brockwell
John Cossar 
Edwin Wallock 
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Quasimodo
Esmeralda
Phoebus de Chateaupers
Madame de Condelaurier
   
Fleur de Lys
Don Claudio
Jehan
Clopin

El Rey Luis XI
Mons. Neufchatel
Gringoire
Mons. Le Torteru

Marie
Charmolu
Charmolu's Assistant
Josephus

Sister Gudule
Judge of the Court
King's Chamberlain

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