THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
1923, Universal, 133 min, USA, Dir: Wallace Worsley

Universal 's 1923 super-production was the first big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel. Lon Chaney stars as Quasimodo, the bell ringer of Notre Dame, who falls in love with gypsy girl Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller) in 15th century Paris.


THE COWARD (1915)
1915, 77 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince

Charles Ray became a major star following his sensitive portrayal of the pampered son of a proud colonel (Frank Keenan, grandfather of actor Keenan Wynn), who is forced to join Confederate troops on the Civil War battlefield.


ON THE NIGHT STAGE
1915, Mutual, 62 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker

Noted producer Thomas H. Ince penned the script to this film, one of silent star William S. Hart’s first feature-length Westerns. A new parson (Robert Edeson) converts saloon dancer Belle Shields (Rhea Mitchell), drawing her away from her stagecoach robber boyfriend (Hart) – until she attracts the attention of a ne’er do well gambler.


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