- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923 film)
name = The Hunchback of Notre Dame
caption = A promotional lobby card for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
Carl Laemmle Irving Thalberg
Victor Hugo Edward T. Lowe Jr. Perley Poore Sheehan
starring = Lon Chaney
Patsy Ruth Miller Norman Kerry Nigel de Brulier Brandon Hurst
Cecil Copping Carl Edouarde Hugo Riesenfeld Heinz Eric Roemheld
Robert Newhard Tony Kornman Virgil Miller Stephen S. Norton Charles J. Stumar
Edward Curtiss Maurice Pivar Sydney Singerman
2 September 1923
runtime = 133 min
country = USA
language = Silent film
budget = $1,250,000 (estimated)
amg_id = 1:23862
imdb_id = 0014142
The 1923 film version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", starring Lon Chaney as
Quasimodoand Patsy Ruth Milleras Esmeralda, and directed by Wallace Worsley, is one of the more famous adaptations of Victor Hugo's novel " The Hunchback of Notre Dame". The film was Universal's "Super Jewel" of 1923 and was their most successful silent film, grossing over three-million dollars.
The film is most notable for the grand sets that recall 15th century Paris as well as Lon Chaney's performance and spectacular make-up as the tortured bell-ringer of Notre Dame. The film elevated Chaney, already a well-known character actor, to full star status in Hollywood. It also helped set a standard for many later horror films, including Chaney's "The Phantom of the Opera" in 1925. Today, the film is in the
The story is set in Paris ten years before Columbus discovered America.
Quasimodo is a deformed bell-ringer of the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Jehan, the Archdeacon's evil brother, prevails upon him to kidnap the fair Esmeralda Clopin, the ward of the King of the underworld. Dashing Phoebus rescues her and takes her under his wing. Quasimodo is sentenced to be lashed in the public square. As he suffers under the sting of the whip, Esmeralda comes and brings him water. From that time he is her devoted slave. Jehan and Clopin learn that Captain Phoebus plans to wed Esmeralda, and do all in their power to break up the affair, but fail. Jehan then stabs and wounds Phoebus and lays the blame on Esmeralda. She is sentenced to die, but is rescued by Quasimodo and takes refuge in the Cathedral. Clopin tries to storm the Cathedral, while crafty Jehan attempts to loot the treasure vaults. Quasimodo routs the invaders with torrents of molten lead, but gives his life to save Esmeralda from Jehan. Phoebus comes to the rescue and saves the Church and his sweetheart. As they clasp each other to their hearts, Quasimodo rings his own death toll. After ringing the bell, Quasimodo dies from a stab wound Jehan had given him.
Original prints of the film were on
cellulose nitratefilm stock and were either worn out, decomposed or were destroyed by the studio (mostly the latter). Original prints were on tinted film stock in various colors, including sunshine, amber, rose, lavender and blue.
The only surviving prints of the film are 16 mm "show-at-home" prints distributed by Universal in the 1920s and 1930s for home-movie purposes, and no original 35mm negatives or prints survive. Most video editions (including public domain releases) of the film are derived from 16 mm duplicate prints that were distributed by Blackhawk Films in the 1960s and 1970s. A DVD release of a newly restored print of the film was released by Image Entertainment on October 9, 2007.
The new Image 'Ultimate Edition' DVD of "The Hunchback" was produced by David Shepard and was remastered in high-definition from an original color-tinted 16mm print and features a new orchestral musical score by Donald Hunsberger and composed by Robert Israel with an audio commentary by Chaney historian Michael F.Blake and rare bonus features such as rare behind the scenes footage on the making of the film and much more.
* Lon Chaney as
Patsy Ruth Milleras Esmeralda
Norman Kerryas Captain Phoebus
Brandon Hurstas Jehan Frollo
Nigel De Brulieras dom Claude
Ernest Torrenceas Clopin Trouillefou
Raymond Hattonas Pierre Gringoire
Winifred Brysonas Fleur-de-Lys Gondelaurier
Gladys Brockwellas Paquette
Kate Lesteras madame Gondelaurier
Tully Marshallas king Louis XI
Roy Laidlawas Jacques Charlomue
Harry von Meteras Monsieur Neufchatel
Nick De Ruizas Monsieur le Torteru
Eulalie Jensenas Marie
Ray Myersas Charmolue's assistant
William Parkeas Josephus
John Cossaras Judge of the Court
Edwin Wallockas King's Chamberlain
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