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THE BABY'S GHOST
(1911/Lux) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A ghost frightens some burglars.

BACHELOR BRIDES (1925/PDC.) 6 reels. BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: William K. Howard; Prod: Cecil B. DeMille; Sc: Garrett Fort & C. Gardner Sullivan; Ph: Lucien Androit; Art: Max Parker. Based on a play by C.H. Malcolm.
Cast:
Rod La Roque, Eulalie Jensen, Sally Rand, Elinor Fair, George Nichols, Lucien Littlefield, Eddie Gribbon.
Features a mysterious castle riddled with secret passages.

BACK TO LIFE AFTER 2,000 YEARS (1910/Pathe) 13mins. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE ROMAN'S AWAKENING (UK).
An ancient Roman emerges from his tomb and views contemporary Rome.

BACKSTAGE PHANTOM (1939) see House of Fear

BALAOO OU DES PAS AU PLAFOND (1913/Eclair) 24mins. (3 reels). BW. Silent. France. Aka: BALAOO THE DEMON BABOON.
Credits:
Dir. & Adapt: Victorin Jasset.
From the serialised novel "Balaoo Ou Des Pas Au Plafond" by Gaston Leroux.
Cast:
Lucien Bataille, Camille Bardou, Henri Gouget.
"This tragedy of footprints on the ceiling will jam any theatre!"
Doctor Paul Coriolis, (Bataille), transforms an enormous baboon into a gentle half-human creature, who falls in love with the doctor's niece Madelieine, (Bardou). Being mischievous by nature Balaoo enjoys tormenting people un til he is saved from punishment by a poacher. However, the poacher uses him to murder an enemy and to kidnap Madeleine, at which point Balaoo rebels and although fatally wounded he sets a trap for the poacher and warns the doctor of his niece's peril.
A tender romance that predates King Kong The murder goes undetected as the only clue is a set of Balaoo's footprints on the ceiling which were filmed on an upsidedown set.
Remade as The Wizard (1927) and Dr. Renault's Secret (1942).

 

 

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BALAOO THE DEMON BABOON
(1913) see Balaoo ou des pas au Plafond

THE BALLAD OF A WITCH (1909) see Ballata di una Strega

LA BALLATA DI UNA STREGA (1909/Ambrosio/Warwick) BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: THE BALLAD OF A WITCH; THE WITCH'S BALLAD.
Credits: Ph: Giovanni Vitrotti.
A witch compels a fisherman to drown himself.

BAND WAGGON (1939/Gainsborough) 85mins. BW. UK.
Credits:
Dir: Marcel Varnel; Prod: Edward Black; Sc: Marriott Edgar & Val Guest; Ph: Henry Harris.
Cast:
Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Jack Hylton and his band, Pat Kirkwood, Moore Marriott, Peter Gawthorne, Wally Patch, Donald Calthrop.
Comedians who operate a pirate radio station from a spooky castle capture a gang of spies.
A lively and entertaining film version of a long running radio comedy series.

THE BANSHEE (1913/Kay-Bee) 2 reels. BW. Silent.
Cast:
J. Barney Sherry.
A man kills his friend in a dream, and wakes to find him dead.

BARBE-BLEUE (1901/Star Film) 138feet. BW. Silent. France. Aka:BLUE BEARD.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Cast: Georges Melies, Bluette Bernon, Jehanne d'Alcy.
The legendary tale of Blue Beard is performed and includes an appearance by Mephistopheles, seven maidens hanged in a row whose ghostly apparitions appear above the bed of our heroine.
One of the years grandest productions, alongside Le Petit Chaperon Rouge

THE BARBER'S QUEER CUSTOMER (1902/AM&B/Biograph) BW. Silent. US.
A barber is shocked when his customer's head turns into that of an owl, then a monkey and other assorted creatures.

A BARGAIN WITH SATAN (1913) see Student von Prag

LE BARON FANTOME (1943/Consortium de Productions de Films) 100mins. BW. France. Aka: THE PHANTOM BARON (UK).
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Serge de Poligny; Prod: Robert Florat; Ph: Roger Hubert; Mus: Louis Beydts.
Cast: Jany Holt, Odette Joyeux, Alain Cuny, Gabrielle Dorziat. Narrated: Jean Cocteau.
In the early nineteenth century when a nobleman mysteriously disappears, his heirs are left with several problems.
A grim fairy tale similar to the later fantasies of Cocteau.

BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1943/UFA.) 134mins. Germany.
Aka: MUNCHAUSEN; THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN.
Credits: Dir: Josef Von Baky; Prod: Eberhard Schmidt; Sc: Berthold Burger (Erich Kastner); Ph: Emil Hasler & Otto Gulstorff; Art: Werner Krien; Sfx: Konstantin Irmen-Tschet; Mus: Georg Haentzschel. Based on the famous liar first chronicled by Rudolph Erich Raspe.
Cast:
Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Michael Bohnen, Hans Braufewetter, Marina Von Ditmar, Andrews Engelmann, Kothe Haack, Brigitte Horney, Waldemar Leitges, Walter Zieck, Ferdinand Marian, Hubert Von Meyerinck, Jasper Von Oertzen, Werner Scharf, Armin Schweizer, Marianne Sinson, Leo Slezak, Hermann Speelmans, Hilde Von Stolz, Gustav Waldau, Franz Weber, Ilfe Werner, Eduard Von Winterstein.
The famous tale of Baron Munchausen relates his 250 year life story to a group of friends in the 1940's having been given immortality by a magician.
An epic fantasy in glorious pastoral colours with some moments of brilliant cinematic originality. Herrman Goebbels commissioned the film to celebrate UFA.'s 25th. anniversary.
Museums and palaces loaned the authentic silver and gold tableware for the elaborate banquet scene, which was guarded on the set by SS. men dressed in period costume for the film.
The political manipulation of the film is never more obvious than when non-German portrayals are depicted as comic characters.
Scriptwriter Kastner used a pseudonym because his writings had been banned in Germany since 1933. After the films' release Hitler ordered that he should receive no more commissions.

BARON MUNCHAUSEN'S DREAM (1911) see Hallucinations du Baron Munchausen

THE BARTON MYSTERY (1920/Stoll) 72mins. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Harry Roberts; Prod: Oswald Stoll; Sc: R. Byron-Webber; Ph: E. Harvey Harrison.
Cast: Lyn Harding, Edward O'Neal, Arthur Pusey, Little Enid Bell.
The identity of a murderer is revealed by the powers of a psychic.

THE BASILISK (1914/Hepworth) 28mins. (3reels). BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Cecil M. Hepworth.
Cast: William Felton, Alma Taylor, Tom Powers, Chrissie White, Cyril Morton.
A mesmerist, (Felton), with designs on a beautiful woman, (Taylor), hypnotises her to stab her fiance, (Powers), but a poisonous snake later kills the villain.
Some prints were originally tinted in green.

THE BAT (1915/Selig Polyscope Co.) 5reels. BW. Silent.
Aka: THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE.
Credits: Dir: Edward J. La Saint; Prod: William Selig.
Based on the novel "The Circular Staircase" by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
Cast:
Eugene Besserer, Stella Razeto, Guy Oliver, Edith Johnson.
A man is frightened to death by a ghost.



THE BAT
(1926/Feature Prod./UA.) 88mins. 8219feet. BW. Silent. US.
Credits:
Dir: Roland West; Prod: Julien Josephson; Sc: Avery Hopwood & Mary Roberts Rinehart; Ph: Arthur Edeson; Art: William Cameron Menzies.
From the novel "The Circular Staircase" by Mary Roberts Rinehart and the play "The Bat" produced by Wagenhals and Kemper.
Cast:
Tullio Carminatti, Sojin Kamiyama, Lee Shumway, Louis Fazenda, Emily Fitzroy, Jack Pickford, Charles Herzinger, Andre De Beranger, Jewel Carmen, Eddie Gribbon, Arthur Houseman, Robert McKim.
Director West added a couple of scary cinematic touches to the story, one of which was trapping a moth in an automobile headlight and magnifying its shadow on the wall to suggest a giant bat. The miniatures are superbly effective as is the surprisingly fluid photography.
West was also the first filmaker to suggest to a cinema audience that they keep the culprit's identity a secret.

 

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THE BAT WHISPERS
(1930/Art Cinema/UA.) 88mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Roland West; Prod: Joseph M. Schenck, Douglas B. Murray & Roland West; Ph: Ray June, Robert Planck (65mm version) & Charles Cline; Ed: James Smith; Des: Paul Roe Crawley. Based on "The Circular Staircase" by Mary Roberts Rinehart and the play by Wagenhals and Kemper.
Cast: Chester Morris, Una Merkel, Chance Ward, Grace Hampton, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Ben Bard, Maude Eburne, DeWitt Jennings, William Bakewell, Spencer Charters, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, Sidney D'Albrook, S.E. Jennings, Hugh Huntley, Charles Bow Clark.
"Greatest all-talking thriller."

THE BATMAN (1943/Columbia) 30 reels. BW. Serial. 15 episodes. US.
Credits:
Dir: Lambert Hillyer; Prod: Rudolph C. Flothow; Sc: Victor McLeod, Leslie Swabacker & Harry Fraser; Ph: James Brown Jnr.; Ed: Dwight Caldwell & Earl Turner; Mus: Lee Zahler.
Based on the comic book character created by Bob Kane.
Cast:
Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, William Austin, Shirley Patterson, Eddie Parker, Charles Middleton, Gus Glassmire.
"A hundred times more thrilling on the screen!"
Batman, (Wilson), and his assistant Robin, (Croft), battle the evil Dr. Daka, (Naish), a Japanese gangster preparing the way for a Japanese invasion of America by using a unique machine that turns people into zombie slaves.
In 1965 this serial was edited together into a four hour feature titled An Evening With Batman and Robin to cash in the renewed popularity of the caped crusader.

BATMAN AND ROBIN (1948) 31 reels. BW. Serial. 15 episodes.
Aka: THE RETURN OF BATMAN AND ROBIN.
Credits: Dir: Spencer Gordon Bennet; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: George H. Plympton; J.F. Poland & Royal K. Cole; Ph: Ira H. Morgan; Ed: Dwight Caldwell & Earl Turner; Mus: Mischa Bakaleinikoff.
Cast: Robert Lowery, Rick Vallin, Lyle Talbot, Eddie Parker, John Duncan, Leonard Penn, Jane Adams, Ralph Graves, Don Harvey.
Batman, (Lowery) and Robin, (Duncan), are assigned by Police Commissioner Gordon, (Talbot), to battle the Wizard, (Penn), who can control cars and planes from a distance with a stolen, top secret remote control device. The Wizard goes on to steal the Neutraliser and when used in conjunction with the remote device creates a zone of invisibility that allows him to commit further crimes.

BATMEN OF AFRICA (1936) see In Darkest Africa

BATTLE OF THE GIANTS (1940) see One Million B.C.

EL BAUL MACARBRO (1936/Pezet Produccion/Distripel) 77mins. BW. Mexico.
Aka: THE MACABRE TRUNK.
Credits:
Dir: Miguel Zacarias; Prod: Jorge Pezet; Sc: Alejandro Galindo & J.M. Dada; Ph: Alex Phillips. From a story by J.M. Dada.
Cast: Rene Cardona, Carlos Lopez (Chaflan), Ramon Pereda, Juanita Castro, Manuel Noriega, Esther Fernandez, Enrique Gance, Ruperto Batiz.
Mad doctor Del Vialle, (Pereda), tries to cure his sick wife, (Fernandez), with constant transfusions of blood he obtains from the young women he murders.
An awkward variation of the Frankenstein story.
Rene Cardona later became a prolific director of Mexican fantasy films.

 

 

 

 


THE BEAST
(1933) see King Kong

THE BEAST OF BORNEO (1935/Du World Pictures) 65mins. BW. US.
Credits:
Dir & Prod: Harry Garson. From a story by Alfred Hustwick & Frank J. Murray.
Cast: Eugene Sigaloff, John Preston, Mae Stuart, Doris Brook, Val Durran, Alexander Schonberg, John S. Peters, Borneo Joe, the Dyak natives of Borneo.
"The weirdest triangle ever filmed...!"
Hunter, Bob Ward, (Preston), and his expedition to the Borneo jungle capture a baby orangutan that they name Little Joe. Dr. Boris Borodoff, (Sigaloff), also mounts an expedition to Borneo's "green hell" to search for a large male orang-utan to replace his previous specimen that died while he was removing its brain in an experiment that failed to provoke a favourable reaction amongst the scientific community. In Moejoeb, Alma, ( Stuart), sways Ward's decision not to help Borodoff and they capture a huge orangutan, but as the doctor attempts to perform his experiment the creature escapes from its cage during a struggle and drags Ward away. Denied his specimen, Borodoff prepares to use his scalpel on Little Joe, but the young orang-utan flees for the jungle, finding Ward and Alma. Borodoff follows, but is crushed to death by the giant ape.
Harry Garson directed EAST OF BORNEO in Borneo during 1930 for Universal, only to return to the jungle in 1935 to make his own picture.

 

 

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THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS
(1947/Warner/First National) 85mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Florey; Prod: William Jacobs; Ex.Prod: Jack L. Warner; Sc: Curt Siodmak; Ph: Wesley Anderson; Ed: Frank Magee; Art: Stanley Fliescher; Sfx: William McGann & Henry Koenekamp; Mu: Perc Westmore; Mus: Max Steiner. From "The Beast" by William Fryer Harvey.
Cast:
Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, J. Carrol Naish, Charles Dingle, John Alvin, David Hoffman, Barbara Brown, Patricia White, William Edmunds, Belle Mitchell, Ray Walker, Pedro De Cordoba, John Abbott, Julie Holden, Hillary Cummings, Conrad Ryler, Ovidio Castanio.
"Warner's supernatural super-hit!"
In San Stefano, Italy, Senor Ingram, (Francen), a crippled master pianist tries to strangle his assistant Hilary, (Lorre), when he tells the pianist that his nurse, Julie, (King), plans to leave with Conrad, (Alda), another member of Ingram's staff. That night the pianist dies in a fall from the top of the stairs leaving his entire estate to his nurse. When some dislikable relatives arrive to contest the will a series of brutal murders ensue seemingly committed by Ingram's missing left hand. Strange piano music is being played in the dead of night, and Hilary is convinced that the hand wants to kill him even though he has been keeping the severed hand in a safe after using it to cover up the murders and to confuse the authorities looking for fingerprints. Now completely insane, Hilary believes that the hand is choking him to death, while his own hand is around his throat.
Neither Lorre's ghoulish portrayal, or the good photography can overcome the ludicrous and slow moving script. Florey claimed that it was Warner's tampering that ruined the film, although the shots of the hand scurrying about are genuinely eerie.

LE BEAUTE DU DIABLE (1949/AYJM.) 95mins. BW. France/Italy.
Credits: Dir: Rene Clair; Prod: Salvo D'Angelo; Sc: Rene Clair & Armand Salacrou; Ph: Michel Kerber; Art: Leon Barsacq; Mus: Roman Vlad. Based on the legend of "Faust".
Cast: Michel Simon, Gerard Philipe, Simone Valere, Nicole Besnard, Carlo Ninchi, Paolo Stoppa, Raymond Cordy, Tullio Carminati, Gaston Modot.
An aged professor sells his soul to the Devil, (Simon), in exchange for his youth, but he soon finds himself heading for a life of evil.
An enjoyable and delightful fantasy, with some imaginative plot twists.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1903/Lubin) BW. Silent. US.
Based on the story by Madame LePrince.
The love of a beautiful woman breaks the evil spell on a handsome prince that transformed him into a hideous beast.
The first American adaptation of the famous story.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1905/Clarendon) 665 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits:
Dir: Percy Stow. From the story by Madame LePrince.
"A real fairy story as it should be told".
A Seventeenth century beast becomes a prince after the creature receives a kiss from a merchant's daughter.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1908) see Belle et la Bete

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1913/Rex/Universal) 4 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits:
Dir. & Prod: H.C. Matthews. From the story by Madame LePrince.
Cast:
Elsie Albert.
An early, longer version combining themes from Gabriel Suzanne and the Brothers Grimm.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1916/International Film Service) BW. Silent. US.
Credits:
Dir: H.E. Hancock. Based on the story by Madame LePrince.
Cast:
Mineta Timayo.
Sleeping Beauty, (Timayo), appears in this remake of the classic fairytale.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1945) see Belle et la Bete

BEBE AND SPIRITUALISM (1912) see Bebe Fait du Spiritisme

BEBE FAIT DU SPIRITISME (1912) BW. Silent. France.
Aka: BEBE AND SPIRITUALISM.
Credits:
Dir: Louid Feuillade.



BEDLAM
(1946/RKO./PRC) 80mins. BW. US.
Credits:
Dir: Mark Robson; Prod: Valdimir Ivan Lewton; Ex.Prod: Jack J. Gross; Sc: Carlos Keith (Val Lewton) & Mark Robson; Ph: Nicholas Musuraca; Ed: Lyle Boyer; Art: Albert D'Agostino & Walter E. Keller; Sfx: Vernon L. Walker; Mus: Roy Webb & C. Bakaleinikoff. Inspired by the William Hogarth engraving plate No. 8 titled "The Rake's Progress".
Cast:
Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, Billy House, Richard Fraser, Glenn Vernon, Ian Wolfe, Jason Robards Snr., Victor Holbrook, Leland Hodgson, Skelton Knaggs, Ellen Corey, Robert Clarke, Elizabeth Russell, Joan Newton, Ted Billings.
"Sensational secrets of Infamous Madhouse exposed!"
Sims, (Karloff), the sadistic governor of a lunatic asylum in 1761, forces the inmates to perform theatre shows for his aristocratic friends and keeps the money that he charges them. One inmate covered in gold paint asphyxiates to the delight of the aristocratic audience. The mistress, (Lee), of Sims'superior, (House), sees the cruelty and tries to correct it, but she is made a patient of the asylum and locked away. While there she manages to obtain justice by working with the inmates against Sims from the inside. In the disturbing finale Sims is tried by the inmates, stabbed and walled up alive as punishment.
A masterpiece of the macabre that was banned in Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE BEE AND THE ROSE
(1908/Pathe) BW. Silent. France.
The "Queen of the Bees"is captured by a spider.

THE BEECHWOOD GHOST (1910/Powers) BW. Silent. US.
The "ghost" is revealed to be a fake.

THE BEETLE (1919/Barker) 5600 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Alexander Butler; Sc: Helen Blizzard. From the novel by Richard Marsh.
Cast:
Leal Douglas, Fred Morgan, Maudie Dunham, Hebden Foster, Nancy Benyon, Frank Reade, Rolf Leslie.
The soul of an Egyptian princess possesses a beetle and has her revenge on a member of Parliament.

BEEZLEBUB'S DAUGHTERS (1903) see Les Filles du Diable

BEFORE DAWN (1933/RKO.) 60mins. BW. US.
Credits:
Dir: Irving Pichel; A.Prod: Shirley Burden; Sc: Garret Fort, Marian Dix & Ralph Block; Ph: Lucien Androit; Ed: William Hamilton; Mus: Max Steiner. From "Death Watch" by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Stuart Erwin, Warner Oland, Dudley Digges, Jane Darwell, Frank Reicher, Gertrude W. Hoffman, Oscar Apfel, Dorothy Wilson.
A clairvoyant solves the mystery of a haunted mansion after three murders occur there.
An entertaining and well made comedy thriller.

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BEFORE I HANG
(1940/Columbia) 62mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Nick Grinde; Prod: Wallace MacDonald; Sc: Robert D. Andrews; Ph: Benjamin Kline; Ed: Charles Nelson; Art: Lionel Banks; Mus: Morris Stoloff. From a story by Karl Brown and Robert D. Andrews.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Bruce Bennett, Edward Van Sloan, Ben Taggart, Pedro De Cordoba, Don Beddoe, Evelyn Keyes, Robert Fiske, Wright Kramer, Bertram Marburgh, Kenneth MacDonald, Frank Richards.
"BEWARE! When Karloff stops the clock...your hour has come...!"
Doctor John Garth, (Karloff), has conquered death by injecting the heart with human blood. When he uses himself in an experiment he injects himself with the blood of a murderer, which turns him into a killer. Arrested and charged, Garth is sent back to prison where the resident surgeon, (van Sloan), unwisely lets him continue his experiments.
Karloff shines in this mad doctor role, making the film quite believable.
One of a four film contract Karloff made with Columbia.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT (1933) BW.
Credits:
Dir: Lambert Hillyer.
Cast:
Ralph Bellamy, June Collyer, Betty Blythe, Arthur Pierson.
A mystery in which a man predicts his own death at an isolated mansion. Hillyer, a veteran director of action and western features, was considered one of Hollywood's better"fill-in"directors, later working on The Invisible Ray and Dracula's Daughter for Universal.



BEGGARS IN ERMINE
(1934/Monogram) 70mins. BW. US.
Credits:
Dir: Phil Rosen; Sc: Tristam Tupper. From a novel by Esther Lynd Daly.
Cast: Lionel Atwill, Henry B. Walthall, Betty Furness, Jameson Thomas, Astrid Allwyn.
A steelworker, (Atwill), who loses both his legs in an accident becomes the head of a wealthy society of cripples and seeks revenge against a criminal.
Similar in theme to Tod Browning's Freaks.

BEHIND THE CURTAIN (1924/Universal) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits:
Dir: Chester M. Franklin; Sc: Emil Forest & Harvey Gates; Ph: Jackson Rose. From a story by William J. Flynn.
Cast:
Lucille Rickson, Johnny Harron, George Cooper, Winifred Bryson, Charles Clary.
A phoney spiritualist is found guilty of committing a foul murder.

BEHIND THE DOOR (1940) see The Man With Nine Lives

BEHIND THE MASK (1932/Columbia) 68mins. BW. US.
Credits:
Dir: John Francis Dillon; Sc: Jo Swerling.
Cast:
Jack Holt, Constance Cummings, Edward Van Sloan, Boris Karloff, Claude King.
A secret serviceman, (Holt), attempts to expose the leader of a dope ring who operates with fatal results on those he believes know too much about his activities.
Marketed as a horror film, this is actually a well acted mystery play.

 

 

 

 

 


LA BELLE ET LA BETE
(1899/Pathe) BW. Silent. France.
Aka: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Based on the tale by Madame LePrince.
The love of a beautiful woman turns a cursed beast back into a handsome prince.
The first cinematic version of the classic tale.

LA BELLE ET LA BETE (1908/Pathe) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
From the story by Madame LePrince.

LA BELLE ET LA BETE (1945/Discina International) 95mins. BW. France.
Aka: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Jean Cocteau; Prod: Henri Alekan, Andre Paulve & Emil Darbon; Ph: Henri Alekan; Ed: Claude Iberia; Art: Christian Berard; Tech: Rene Clement; Mus: Georges Auric. From the stroy by Madame LePrince de Beaumont.
Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Nane Germon, Mila Parely, Michel Auclair, Marcel Andre, Christian Berard, Raoul Marco (Cocteau's Voice).
A shipping merchant, (Andre), has to forfeit his daughter, (Day), to a beast, (Marais), from whose castle grounds he stole a flower. The beast, however, transforms into a handsome prince when she falls in love with him.
A classic fairy tale is made into a classic film by Cocteau in his first professional project. The beautiful photography is complimented by the charming acting, while the wispy strands of light are used to great effect to create a timeless atmosphere. One of the most realistic fantasy films ever made, timeless in its theme and a teacher to all film-makers.
Cocteau's first feature is the surrealistic Le Sang d'un Poete (1930)

 

 

 


THE BELLS
(1913/Reliance) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Oscar P. Apfel. From a story by Emil Erckmann & Alexander Chatrian.
A murderer is haunted by ghostly visions of his victim.

THE BELLS (1914/Gaumont) BW. Silent. UK.
From a story by Emil Erckmann & Alexander Chatrian.
Cast: Henry B. Irving, Frank Keenan, Joseph J. Dowling, Edward Coxen, Ida Lewis.
A murderer named Mathias, (Irving), is tormented by visions of the man he killed.

THE BELLS (1914/Sawyers Features) 4 reels. BW. Silent.
Based on the play by Leopold Lewis and the story "Le Juis Polonais" by Emil Erckmann & Alexander Chatrian.
A murderer is haunted by ghostly visions of his victim.

THE BELLS (1918/Pathe) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits:
Dir: Ernest C. Warde; Sc: Gilson Willets & Jack Cunningham. From a story by Emil Erckmann & Alexander Chatrian.
Cast:
Frank Keenan, Lois Wilson, Edward Coxen, Carl Stockdale, Albert Cody, Joseph J. Dowling, Ida Lewis, Bert Shaw.
A murderer named Mathias, (Keenan), is haunted by visions of his victim.

THE BELLS (1926/Chadwick) 68mins. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir & Sc: James Young; Prod: I.E. Chadwick; Ph: L. William O'Connell; Sfx: Perry Harris; Tech: Earl Sibley. Based on the play by Leopold Lewis and from "Le Juif Polonais" by Emil Erckmann & Alexander Chatrian.
Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, Edward Phillips, Lola Todd, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Boris Karloff, Fred Warren, Caroline Francis Cooke, Lorimer Johnson, Otto Lederer, Lucille La Verne, John George, Noble Johnson.
During 1868, in a small hamlet of Alsatia at Christmas time, innkeeper Mathias, (Barrymore), murders a wealthy traveller with an axe for his gold during a raging snowstorm. Years later, Mathias is a respected burgomaster, but is tormented by visitations of his victim's ghost announced by the ringing of the man's sleigh bells.
An important role for Karloff's progressing career cast as a Caligari-like side-show mesmerist who adds menace to the story.


THE BELLS
(1931/PDC./BSFP.) 75mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Oscar M. Werndorff & Harcourt Templeman; Prod: Sergei Nolbandov; Sc: C.H. Dand; Ph: Gunther Krampf & Eric Cross; Ed: Lars Moen & Michael Hankinson; Art: Oscar Werndorff; Mus: Gustav Holst. From the play by Leopold Lewis and "Le Juis Polonais" by Erckmann and Chatrian.
Cast:
Donald Calthrop, Jane Welsh, Edward Sinclair.
The burgomaster of Alsatia is forced by his conscience to confess the murder of a Jew.
The only sound adaptation of the 1871 stageplay. Made in three different language versions.

BENEATH THE TOWER RUINS (1911/Urban/Eclipse) 14mins. BW. Silent. UK.
Depicts a ghost.

BERTIE'S BOOK OF MAGIC (1912/Cecil M. Hepworth) 12mins. BW. Silent. UK.
Bertie casts a spell that turns a woman into a black cat. She changes back when a butcher cuts the cat's throat.
An early comedy.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1944/Warner-First National) 112mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edward A. Blatt; Prod: Mark Hellinger; Sc: Daniel Fuchs; Ph: Carl Guthrie; Ed: Rudi Fehr; Art: Hugh Reticker; Sets: Jack McConaghy; Mus: Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Based on the 1925 play "Outward Bound" by Sutton Vane.
Cast:
John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn, George Tobias, George Colouris, Faye Emerson, Sara Allgood, Dennis King, Isobel Elsom, Gilbert Emery.
A group of travellers find themselves on board an almost deserted ocean liner. Initially only two suicide victims, (Henreid & Parker), know the truth, but the rest soon realise that they are all dead after a London air-raid. They embark on their ghostly voyage to meet the Examiner, (Greenstreet), to whom they account for their lives.
A fantasy morality drama entwined with timely wartime propaganda, but Greenstreet's performance lifts this out of the mire of sentimentality. Similar in theme to Britain's Halfway House made the same year. This is a remake of the popular stage play, previously filmed as Outward Bound in 1930 by Warner Bros.

 

 

 

 

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BETWEEN WORLDS
(1921) see Der Mude Tod

BEWARE SPOOKS! (1939/Columbia) 68mins. 7 reels. BW. US.
Credits:
Dir: Edward Sedgwick; Prod: Robert Sparks; Sc: Richard Flournoy, Albert Duffy & Brian Marlow; Ph: Allen G. Siegler; Ed: James Sweeney; Mus: M.W. Stoloff. From the play "Spook House" by Richard Flournoy.
Cast:
Joe E. Brown, Mary Carlisle, Clarence Kolb, Marc Lawrence, Don Beddoe.
Crooks in a ghostly house at Coney Island are routed out by a timid policeman, (Brown).
A comedy vehicle for its star with some funny moments.

THE BEWILDERING CABINET (1907) BW. Silent.
Two girls are transformed into hideous ogres by a magic cabinet.

BEWITCHED (1945/MGM.) 65mins. BW. US.
Credits:
Dir & Sc: Arch Oboler; Prod: Jerry Bresler; Ph: Charles Salerno Jnr.; Mus: Bronislau Kaper. From the radio play "Alter Ego" by Arch Oboler.
Cast: Phyllis Thaxter, Edmund Gwenn, Addison Richards, Kathleen Lockhart, Henry H. Daniels Jnr., Horace (Stephen) McNally, Minor Watson.
Suffering from a split personality, Joan Ellis subjects herself to hypnosis to try and rid herself of an evil alter ego that may have killed her boyfriend.
An hilarious and unintentionally confusing predecessor of the later exploitive studies of schizophrenia.

THE BEWITCHED INN (1897) see L'Auberge Ensorcelee

THE BEWITCHED MANOR HOUSE (1909/Pathe) BW. Silent. 1 reel. France.
Monstrous beasts and Satan appear at a haunted house.

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THE BEWITCHED MATCHES
(1913/Eclair) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
A man is turned into a skeleton by a witch's curse.

THE BEWITCHED MESSENGER (1910/Brockliss/Bat) BW. Silent. 1 reel. US.
Features a witch.

THE BEWITCHED WINDOW (1911/Pathe) BW. Silent. 1 reel. France.
A painter is haunted by a phantom and the Devil.

BEYOND THE VEIL (1925) see The Secret Kingdom

BEYOND THE WALL (1921) see Der Mude Tod

BEYOND TOMORROW (1940/RKO) 84mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edward Sutherland; Sc: Adele Commandini. From a story by Mildred Cram.
Cast:
Richard Carlson, Jean Parker, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger.
Three elderly ghosts return to earth during the Christmas Season to help a young couple.
An amiable fantasy.

BIL A NEMOC (1937/C.L. Import Corp.) 78mins. BW. Czechoslovakia.
Aka: SKELETON ON HORSEBACK; THE WHITE DISEASE.
Credits: Dir: Hugo Haas. Based on the play "Bil a Nemoc" by Karel Capek.
Cast: Hugo Haas, Bedrich Karen, Karla Olicova, Zdenek Stepaneck, Baclav Vydra.
Translated as the "White Sickness", a leperous disease decimates the Earth in this anti-war film.

DAS BILDNIS DES DORIAN GRAY (1917/Oswald Film) 80mins. BW. Silent. Germany.
Aka: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.
Credits:
Dir., Prod & Sc: Richard Oswald; Ph: Max Fassbender; Des: Manfred Noa.
Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde.
Cast:
Bernd Aldor, Lupu Pick, Ernst Pittaschau, Andreas Van Horn, Lea Lara, Ernst Ludwig.
A young man, (Aldor), retains his youth despite his advancing years, whilst a portrait of himself reflects his true age and decadent lifestyle.
Wilde's novel appealed to Oswald who saw in it the familiar "doppelganger" theme, typical of many German productions of the day. Oswald had previously adapted Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" as Der Hund von Baskerville (1914) and Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" as Ein Seltsamer Fall (1914).

BILL TAKEN FOR A GHOST (1911/Lux) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
A prankster named Bill masquerades as a ghost in the "Chateau of Spookeybrook".

BILLY'S SEANCE (1912/IMP.) 13mins. BW. Silent. US.
An electric generator is used at a seance.

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A BIRD IN THE HEAD
(1946/Columbia) 20mins. BW. US.
Cast: The Three Stooges.
A mad scientist wants to transplant Curley's brain into an ape's body.
A Stooges parody on the flurry of mad scientist films made during the war years.

THE BISHOP OF THE OZARKS
(1923/Film Booking Office/Cosmopolitan) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Finis Fox; Ph: Sol Polito. From a story by Milford W. Howard.
Cast:
Milford W. Howard, Derelys Perdue, Cecil Holland, Fred Kelsey, William Kenton.
An evil doctor uses his telepathic powers to command the actions of a young girl.
This occult thriller also features a seance.

 

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