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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) on IMDb

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Victor Hugo’s Immortal Classic

ALL the World Loves the LOVERS in The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

(Print Ad-Watertown Daily Times, ((Watertown NY)) 1 April 1924)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 American romantic drama film with horror elements starring Lon Chaney, directed by Wallace Worsley, and produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg. The supporting cast includes Patsy Ruth MillerNorman KerryNigel de Brulier, and Brandon Hurst. The film was Universal‘s “Super Jewel” of 1923 and was their most successful silent film, grossing $3.5 million.

The film is based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, and is notable for the grand sets that recall 15th century Paris as well as for Chaney’s performance and make-up as the tortured hunchback Quasimodo. The film elevated Chaney, already a well-known character actor, to full star status in Hollywood, and also helped set a standard for many later horror films, including Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera in 1925. In 1951, the film entered the public domain in the United States because the claimants did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame theatrical poster 1923
The official theatrical poster for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The copyright is believed to be owned by Universal Pictures, and/or its graphic artist.
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