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D.T.'S (1905) see The Effects of Drink
LA DAMA DI PECCHI (1913/Celio/Kleine/Societa-Italiana)
2 reels. BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: QUEEN OF SPADES.
Based on the story by Alexander Pushkin.
Cast: Leda Gys, Hesperia.
LA DAME FANTOME (1904) Aka: THE
DAMNATION DU DOCTEUR FAUST (1904/Star
Film) 850 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: FAUST AND MARGUERITE
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Based on the legend by Goethe and the opera by Gounod.
Mephistopheles, (Melies), appears in Faust's study from a cloud of smoke and offers the
ageing man the chance to be young again in exchange for his soul, enticing him with a
vision of the beautiful Marguerite at a spinning wheel. When Faust signs the pact,
Mephistopheles waves his hand over a cup and a cloud of smoke covers Faust and transforms
him into a young man.
Intended to be shown in synchronisation with the principal arias of Gounod's opera with
Melies earlier adaptation Faust Aux Enfers (1903).
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST (1903) see Faust Aux Enfers
DANCE OF DEATH (1919) see Totentanz
THE DANCE OF FIRE (1909/Pathe) 3mins. BW. Silent.
A dancer rises from a crevice in the earth and dances until a giant spider forces her back
into the ground.
THE DANCER OF PARIS (1926/First National) BW.
Based on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo.
With the Lon Chaney version still in the minds of movie audiences, First National
amazingly remade the story without Quasimodo.
DANDY DICK OF BISHOPGATE (1911) 1 reel. BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: Theo Bouwmeester.
After keeping his dead fiancee's room locked for forty years, an insane man dies after
witnessing a vision of the woman.
A DANGEROUS AFFAIR (1931) BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edward Sedgwick.
Cast: Jack Holt, Ralph Graves.
Heirs gather for the reading of a will at a creepy old house.
Another adaptation of the popular Cat and the Canary premise.
DANGEROUS MILLIONS (1946/Twentieth Century Fox) 69mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE HOUSE OF TAO LING (UK).
Credits: Dir: James Tinling; Sc: Irving Cummings Jnr. & Robert G. North.
Kent Taylor, Dona Drake, Tala Birell, Leonard Strong, Konstantin Shayne.Eight heirs to
a millionaire's estate in the Chinese mountains find themselves stalked by a warlord.
Another thriller styled on The Cat and the Canary.
DANIEL AND THE DEVIL (1940) see All
That Money Can Buy
LA DANSE DE FEU (1899/Star Film) 65
feet. Hand painted colour. Silent. France.
Aka: HAGGARD'S SHE--THE PILLAR OF FIRE; LA COLONNE DE FEU.
Credits: Georges Méliès. From the story by H. Rider
A band of explorers discover a lost kingdom ruled by a tyrannical 3000 year old Queen
named Ayesha, "She who must be obeyed.!"
DANSE MACABRE (1922/MacGowan) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Based on the composition by Saint-Saens.
Olin Howland, Adolph Bolm.
Features the spectre of Death.
DANTE'S INFERNO (1909)
DANTE'S INFERNO (1924/Fox) BW.
Credits: Dir: D. Henry Otto; Sc: Edmund Goulding & Cyrus Wood; Ph: Joseph August.
Pauline Starke, Robert Klein, Ralph Lewis, Joseph Swickard, Will Scott, Gloria Grey,
Lawson Butt, Harold Gaye, Diana Miller, Winifred Landis, Lorimar Johnston, Lon Poff, Bud
After failing to help his friend, a shrewd businessman, (Lewis), is left a copy of the
book Dante's Inferno when the friend a pparently commits suicide. After becoming engrossed
with the book, the buildings he owns are destroyed by fire and his friend is killed. He is
tried for murder, executed and meets a demon who shows him the horrors of Hell. He awakes
from his nightmare a changed man and able to prevent his friend's suicide.
The scenes of Hell and the fires are elaborately tinted in colour.
DANTE'S INFERNO (1935/MGM.)
89mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Harry Lachmann; Prod: Sol M. Wurtzell; Sc: Phillip Klein & Robert
M. Yost; Ph: Rudolph Mate; Ed: Al De Gaetano; Art: Duncan Kramer & David S. Hall; Set
Des: Willy Pogany from drawings by Gustave Dore; Tech: Fred F. Sersen, Ralph Hammeras,
Louis J. Witte & Willy Pogany; Mus: Hugo Friedhofer, Samuel Kaylin, R.H. Bassett &
Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Henry B. Walthall, Alan Dinehart, Scotty Beckett, Robert
Glecker, Margarita Cansino (Rita Hayworth), Gary Leon, Willard Robertson, Morgan Wallace,
Ray "Crash" Corrigan, John George.
|"It will burn in your memory forever!"
Ambitious con-artist and carnival owner Jim Carter, (Tracy), is given a vision of Hell
induced by one of his own side show attractions when he endangers his customers for a
profit with a dangerous amusement pier.
The highlight of the film is an all too brief, pre-censorship view of Hell and its
condemned souls taken from the 1924 film and modified for this sound production. Besides
that, this is an average morality tale.
Hayworth appears in an early role as a dancer, but for the 1940 re-release she was given
DANTE'S PURGATORIO (1913/Cinema
Prod.) BW. Silent.
Features a seven-headed beast.
DARK EYES OF LONDON (1939/Argyle/Pathe)
75mins. BW. UK.
Aka: THE HUMAN MONSTER (US).
Credits: Dir: Walter Summers; Prod: John Argyle; Sc: Walter Summers, John Argyle
& Patrick Kirwan; Ph: Brian Langley; Ed: E.G. Richards; Art: Duncan Sutherland; Mus:
Guy Jones. From a novel by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Bela Lugosi,
Wilfred Walter, Arthur E. Owen, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Edmond Ryan, May Hallatt, Julie
Suedo, Alexander Field, Gerald Pring, Charles Penrose, Bryan Herbert. Voice of O.B.
|"Eyes of doom! Man or beast? A brute with the
power of a giant who kills at the command of a mad Svengali!"
The kindly Doctor Dearborn, (Lugosi), who runs the Dearborn Institute for the Blind, is
actually the sinister Doctor Orloff who murders some of the residents for their insurance
money. A Scotland Yard detective, (Williams), and a woman, (Gynt), looking for her missing
father try to find out more. Meanwhile, Orloff uses an ugly thug named Big Jake, (Walter),
to drown the victims in the Thames, but when Orloff orders Big Jake to kill his only
friend Dumb Lew, (Owen), who knows too much of Orloff's activities, Jake kills Orloff
Unusually horrific and tasteless for its time, and the first film to receive the
"H" for horrific certificate in Britain preventing anyone under the age of
sixteen from viewing the film.
Actor O.B. Clarence dubbed Lugosi's voice for the part of Doctor Dearborn.
Filmed at Welwyn studios in April 1939 and released the following November.
The same plot was remade in the German film Dead Eyes of London
(1961) starring Klaus Kinski.
DARK HOUR (1936/Chesterfield Motion Pictures Corp.) 64mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Charles Lamont; Prod: George R. Batcheller; Ex.Prod: Lon Young; Sc:
Ewart Adamson; Ph: M.A. Anderson; Ed: Roland D. Reed; Art: Edward C. Jewell. From the
story "The Last Trap" by Sinclair Gluck.
Ray Walker, Irene Ware, Berton Churchill, Hedda Hopper, Hobart Bosworth, E.E. Clive, William V. Mong,
Harold Goodwin, Aggie Herring, Katherine Sheldon, Rose Allen, Miki Morita, John St. Polis,
Fred Kelsey, Lloyd Whitlock, Harry Strang.
Detective Jim Landis, (Walker), and retired colleague Paul Bernard, (Churchill), are
consulted by Edna Carson, (Ware), who fears that danger will befall her eccentric uncles,
Henry, (Mong), and Charles, (Bosworth). At the Carson mansion, Henry and their butler
Foot, (Clive), are both found starved to death.
A murder mystery with the usual group of suspects gathered in an old dark house being
stalked by a killer in drag.
THE DARK MIRROR (1920/Paramount/Artcraft)
5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Charles Giblyn.
Cast: Dorothy Dalton, Pedro De Cordoba, Huntley Gordon.
A gangster drowns himself after seeing a girl he believes is a ghost.
THE DARK MIRROR (1946/Universal) 85mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Siodmak; Sc: Nunnally Johnson; Ph: Milton Krasner; Mus: Dimitri
Tiomkin. From a story by Vladimir Pozner.
Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Garry Owen, Richard Long,
"One twin loves...and one twin loves to kill!"
A police detective attempts to find out which of twin girls, (de Havilland), is a
A compelling, but occasionally unconvincing psychological thriller.
DARK POWERS-GRIGORII RASPUTIN AND HIS ASSOCIATES (1917)
see Temniye Silj-Grigorii Rasputin I Yevo Spodvizhniki
DARK RED ROSES (1928/British Sound Film) 67mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Sinclair Hall; Sc: Leslie Howard Gordon & Harcourt Templeman; Ph:
A. Viragh; Des: Oscar Werndorff. From a story by Stacy Aumonier.
Cast: Stewart Rome, Francis Doble, Hugh Eden, Kate Cutler, Una O'Conner, Anton
Dolin, Lydia Lopokova, Sydney Morgan, Jill Clayton, Jack Clayton, Georges Balanchine.
A young pianist falls in love with Laura, (Doble), the wife of sculptor David Cordew,
(Rome), who jealously chops of the pianist's hands.
A similar plot to Orlac's Hande.
DARK STREETS OF CAIRO (1940/Universal) BW. US.
Cast: George Zucco, Ralph Byrd.
An archaeological expedition is cursed after breaking into an ancient tomb.
DARK TOWER (1943/Warner) 93mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: John Harlow; Prod: Max Milder; Sc: Brock Williams & Reginald
Purdell; Ph: Otto Heller. From a play by Alexander Woollcott & George S. Kaufman.
Ben Lyon, Herbert Lom, Anne Crawford, David Farrar, Billy Hartnell, Frederick
Burtwell, Josephine Wilson, Elsie Wagstaff, J.H. Roberts.
A circus is saved from financial ruin by a mesmerist named Torg, (Lom), who hypnotises
Mary, (Crawford), the trapeze artist to perform some sensational acts, but although this
helps the circus, Mary is now under Torg's evil spell. Her circus friends kill Torg to
release her from the trance.
A suitably sinister circus melodrama.
DARK WATERS (1944/Bendeict Bogeaus Prod.) 89mins.
Credits: Dir: Andre De Toth; Prod: James Nasser & Joan Harrison; Sc: Joan
Harrison, Marian Cockrell & Arthur T. Horman; Ph: Archie Stout & John Mescall; Ed:
James Smith; Art: Charles Odds; Sets: Maurice Yates Sfx: Harry Redmond; Mus: Miklos Rozsa.
From the "Saturday Evening Post" serial by Frank & Marian Cockrell.
Cast: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter, Elisha Cook Jnr.,
John Qualen, Rex Ingram, Odette Myrtil, Alan Napier, Eugene Borden, Eileen Coghlan, Nina
May McKinney, Rita Beery, Gigi Perreau, Peter Miles, Louise Kerbrat, Alice Kerbrat,
Fleurette Zama, Diana Martin, Diana Dubois.
Leslie Calvin, (Oberon), is rescued from a ship attacked by Japanese torpedoes, and is
sent to her family's Belleville Plantation in Louisiana where she is driven almost insane
by ghostly voices calling her name.
A popular gothic chiller made during World War II. The photography of the house and it's
foreboding swampland creates some eerie visual images. The film was produced independently
by Benedict Bogeaus, a Chicago real estate broker who owned the mansion that appears in
DARKEST AFRICA (1936) see In
THE DARLING OF PARIS (1916/Fox) 5 reels. BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: J. Gordon Edwards; Sc: Adrian Jackson; Ph: Phil Rosen. From the novel
by Victor Hugo.
Theda Bara, Glen White, Herbert Hayes, Walter Law, Miss Carey Lee, Alice Gale, John
Webb Dillon, Louis Dean.
Quasimodo, (White), who is not portrayed as a grotesque, successfully gains the love of
The film was re-issued in 1919 with an alternative ending that kills off Esmeralda while
Quasimodo slays the treacherous clergyman responsible for her death.
A DATE WITH DESTINY (1940) see The
DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS (1947/Alliance/Kenilworth) 91mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Lance Comfort; Prod: Victor Hanbury;
Ex.Prod: James A. Carter; Sc: Max Catto; Ph: Stanley Pavey. From the play "They Walk
Alone" by Max Catto.
Cast: Anne Crawford, Siobhan McKenna, Maxwell Reed, Honor Blackman, Grant Tyler, Barry
Morse, George Thorpe, Liam Redmond, David Greene, Denis Gordon, Arthur Hambling, George
Merritt, Nora O'Mahoney, Ann Clery.
Due to her irresistible attraction to men, Emmy Baudine, (McKenna), is sent from her Irish
village to a Yorkshire farm as a servant. Although she gets on well with Mr. Tallant,
(Thorpe), and his family, his daughter Bess, (Crawford), finds her a disturbing enigma.
She murders a boxer named Dan, (Reed), who recognises her from Ireland and she is found
later in the arms of Julie Tallant's, (Blackman), fiance . When local fisherman David
Price, (Greene), disappears, Bess suspects Emmy is responsible and her suspicions are
confirmed when Price's body is discovered in their barn after a mysterious fire. Bess
turns the girl out on the moors where Dan's dog is waiting to maul her to death.
Highly unusual for it's time, this sombre melodrama with shades of nymphomania makes good
use of the eerie Yorkshire moor locations.
A DAUGHTER OF DESTINY (1928) see Alraune
DAUGHTER OF EVIL (1930) see Alraune
DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON (1931/Paramount)
70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Lloyd Corrigan; Sc: Lloyd Corrigan, Monte M. Katterjohn & Sidney
Buchman. From "The Daughter Of Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer.
Warner Oland, Anna May Wong, Bramwell
Fletcher, Holmes Herbert, Sessue Hayakawa, Frances Dade, Lawrence Grant, Harold Minjir, Nicholas Soussanin, E. Alyn
Warren, Harry Lee, Olaf Hytten, Neila Walker, Oie Chan, Tetsu
Komai, George Kuwa.
Fu-Manchu, (Oland), continues to take revenge on Doctor Petrie for the loss of his wife in
the Boxer Rebellion, but he allows his equally evil offspring, (May Wong), to decide on
the form of his revenge.
The last of Paramount's three Fu Manchu films is a confusing thriller with a lack of
action. The two previous entries are The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
(1929) and The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930).
DAUGHTER OF THE WEREWOLF (1944) see Cry of the Werewolf
THE DAWN OF FREEDOM (1916/Vitagraph) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Paul Scardon; Sc: William J. Hurlbut.
Charles Richman, Arline Pretty, Joseph Kilgour, James Morrison.
Under the influence of hypnotism, a man enters a state of suspended animation.
THE DAY OF SOULS (1927) see The
DAY OF WRATH (1943) see Vredens
D-DAY ON MARS (1945) see The
Purple Monster Strikes
THE DEAD ALIVE (1916/Gaumont) 5
reels. BW. Silent.
A dead girl's twin sister is forced by a crook to pose as her sister's ghost.
THE DEAD AVENGE THEMSELVES (1920) see Toten Rochen Sich Selbst
THE DEAD MAN WHO KILLED (1913/Apex) 65mins. BW.
A criminal possesses a pair of gloves made from human skin that seem to take on a life of
DEAD MAN'S EYES (1944/Universal)
64mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Reginald LeBorg; Prod: Ben Pivar &
Will Cowan; Sc: Dwight V. Babcock; Ph: Paul Ivano; Ed: Milton Carruth; Art: John B.
Goodman & Martin Obzina; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Leigh Smith; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Tech: William Hedgcock; Mus: Paul Sawtell. An
Inner Sanctum Mystery produced by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Cast: Lon Chaney Jnr., Jean Parker, Paul Kelly, Aquanetta, Thomas Gomez, Jonathan Hale, Eddie Dunn, George
Meeker, Edward Fielding, Pierre Watkin, Beatrice Roberts, Gwen Kenyon, John Elliott, Rex
Lease, Allen Fox, Leslie O'Pace, David Hoffman, Gil Perkins.
Promising young artist Dave Stuart, (Chaney), is blinded after washing his eyes with
acetic acid when his model Tanya Czoraki, (Aquanetta), purposely rearranges his workshop
after Dave flirts with another woman, (Parker). Eye specialist Dr. Sam Welles, (Hale),
grafts on new corneas from a pair of criminal's eyes and restores Stuart's site, but when
Stuart is accused of the murder of his girlfriend's father he pretends to still be blind
to try and discover the real killer's identity.
An interesting, but lacklustre third installment to the disappointing "Inner
DEAD MEN WALK (1943/Producers Releasing Co.) 64mins. BW. US.
Aka: CREATURE OF THE DEVIL.
Credits: Dir: Sam Newfield; Prod: Sigmund Neufeld; Sc: Fred Myton; Ph: Jack
Greenhalgh; Prod Man: Bert Sternbach; Mu: Harry Ross; Mus: Leo Erdody & David Chudnow.
George Zucco, Mary Carlisle, Dwight
Frye, Nedrick Young, Fern Emmett, Robert Strange, Hal Price, Sam Flint, Al
"Fuzzy" St. John, Forrest Taylor.
"A dead man returns for vengeance...and his victim... A girl!"
In a sleepy mid-western town, Dr. Lloyd Clayton, (Zucco), buries the corpse of his evil
twin brother Elwyn, (Zucco), but when Elwyn's hunchback servant Zolarr, (Frye), removes
the coffin from the family vault, the corpse rises and swears to the powers of evil that
he will wreak vengeance against his brother Lloyd who was responsible for his murder. The
undead brother begins his revenge by attempting to suck the life blood from his niece
Gayle, (Carlisle), but he is thwarted by the gold cross she wears. He vampirises other
townsfolk before dying in a fire with his twin.
Zucco's portrayal of twins tries to rise above this quickly made grade B production from
the same team who made The Mad Monster (1942).
This is the only film in which Zucco is cast as a monster, and the last appearence of
Dwight Frye in a horror film who was immediately and unhappily associated with roles of
half crazed hunchbacks after his first such characterisation in Dracula
(1931). He died of a heart attack in 1943.
A pre-credit prologue features the Devil, (Taylor).
THE DEAD OF NIGHT (1945)
THE DEAD SECRET (1913/Monopol) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
From the story by Wilkie Collins.
A girl is put under the influence of a sinister hypnotist.
THE DEADLY RAY FROM MARS (1938) see Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
A DEAL IN REAL ESTATE (1914) 1 reel. BW. Silent.
A mansion is reputed to be haunted in order to reduce the sale price.
A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL (1914/Nordisk) 4 reels. BW.
A man trades ten years of his life with the Devil in exchange for fame and fortune.
A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL (1916/Hepworth) 1025 feet. BW.
Credits: Dir: Frank Wilson; Prod: Cecil M. Hepworth.
An aging chemist sells his soul to the Devil to restore his youth and wins the affections
of a policeman's girlfriend.
DEATH (1911/Biorama) 5mins. BW. Silent. US.
The Grim Reaper is shown wandering through a city's streets.
DEATH (1921) see Gevatter Tod
DEATH FROM A DISTANCE (1936/Invincible
Pictures) 68mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank R. Strayer; Prod: Maury M. Cohen
& Lon Young (uncredited); Sc: John W. Krafft; Ph: M.A. Anderson; Ed: Roland Reed; Art:
Edward C. Jewell; Sfx: Jack Cosgrove; Mus: Abe Meyer.
Russell Hopton, Lol a Lane, George Marion, John St. Polis, Lee Kohlmar, Lew Kelly,
Wheeler Oakman, Robert Frazer, Cornelius Keefe, Capt. E.H.
Calvert, John Davidson, John Dilson, Henry Hall, Creighton Hale, Jane Keckley, Eric Mayne,
Herbert Vigran, Charles West, Ralph Brooks , Hal Price, Lynton Brent, Frank LaRue, Joel
During a lecture given by Professor Ernst Einfeld, (Kohlmar), at the Trowbridge
Planetarium, a gunshot is heard and Dr. Stone, a drug manufacturer is found dead.
Newspaper reporter Kay Palmer, (Lane), and Ted Mallory, (Hopton) of the Homicide Squad,
combine their efforts to stage a hoax and expose the crazed killer.
An effective murder mystery.
Lon Young, listed as production manager for many of Invincible's and Chesterfield's film
studio output was actually the producer. As a former magician billed as The Great Lorenzo,
he stretched the budget to hire special effects man Jack Cosgrove, reputed to be one of
the best in the business.
DEATH IN THE HAND (1947) 44mins. BW. UK.Cast:
Esme Percy, Ernest Jay.
Credits: Dir: A. Barr-Smith. From the novel "Seven Men" by Max Beerbohm.
A pianist on board a train predicts the deaths of several passengers by reading their
Most notable for it's similarity to DR. TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS (1964).
THE DEATH PREDICTER (1939) see Le
THE DEATH RAY (1925) see Luchi
THE DEATH RAY (1932) see Murder
THE DEATH STONE OF INDIA (1913/Bison) 45mins. BW.
A band of coolies meet their deaths when they steal the cursed jeweled eye of a mysterious
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (1934/Paramount)
78mins. BW. US.
Aka: STRANGE HOLIDAY (screen test title).
Credits: Dir: Michael Leisen; Prod: E. Lloyd Sheldon; Sc: Maxwell Anderson,
Walter Ferris & Gladys Lehman; Ph: Charles Lang; Art: Ernst Fegte; Sfx: Gordon
Jennings; Mus: Bernhardd Kaun & Sigmund Krumgold. From a play by Alberto Casella.
Frederic March, Helen Westley, Evelyn Venable, Sir Guy
Standing, Gail Patrick, Katherine Alexander, Kathleen Howard, Kent Taylor, Otto Hoffm an,
Henry Travers, Edward Van Sloan, G.P. Huntley Jnr., Frank
Yaconelli, Anna De Linsky.
"No woman ever loved such a man! The whole world waited while he made love!"
Death, (March), longs to experience human emotions, so he disguises himself as Prince
Sirki and takes a holiday on the French Riviera where he meets a woman who leaves her
lover to be with him without realising who he really is. Meanwhile the world is crying out
for Death to return as no-one can die while he is away.
Adapted from a popular play from the twenties, the performances are dated and slow in what
was hailed as a classic.
Remade as an abysmal television film in 1971.
LA DEFAITE DE SATAN (1909/Pathe)
2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: THE DEFEAT OF SATAN.
Satan masquerades as a sorceror.
THE DEFEAT OF SATAN (1909) see La
Defaite de Satan
DELUGE (1933/Admiral Prod./RKO.)
70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Felix E. Feist; Prod: Burt Kelly, Samuel Bischoff & William
Saal; Sc: John Goodrich & Warren B. Duff; Ph: Norbert Brodine & Billy N. Williams;
Ed: Martin G. Cohn & Rose Loewinger; Sfx: Ned Mann & Russell E. Lawson; Sets:
Ralph M. DeLacey; Electrical Fx: Al Cahen & Donald Donaldson; Mus: Val Burton &
Dr. Edward Kilenyi. Based on the story by Sidney Fowler Wright.
Cast: Sidney Blackmer, Edward Van Sloan, Peggy Shannon, Matt Moore, Fred Kohler, Samuel
S. Hinds, Lois Wilson, Ralf Harolde, Lane Chandler, Philo McCullough, Harry Semels.
After an eclipse causes a dramatic upheaval of Earth's elements and a tidal wave floods
New York City, Martin Webster, (Blackmer), believing he has lost his wife and his family,
meets Claire, (Shannon), on a small island. As the only woman left alive, Martin fights a
band of viscious, scavenging men and their leader, (Kohler), to protect her.
An end-of-the-world film decades before the craze in the fifties. Noted for it's
spectacular tidal wave scene and scale model of New York, while the remainder of the film
is an average melodrama.
The ruined New York scenes are re-used in some of Republic Studio's other productions.
THE DEMON (1911/Ambrosio) 2 reels.
BW. Silent. Italy.
From a poem by Lermantof.
Madame Cemesnova, M. Navatzi.
A woman is tempted by Satan.
THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (1936)
see Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
THE DEMON OF DUNKIRKQUE (1910/Warwick/Ambrosio) 14mins. BW.
In an alchemist's laboratory, a devilish creature imprisoned in a bottle grants three
wishes to the man who frees him.
THE DEMON SHADOW (1919) see Zudora
DESIGN FOR MURDER (1939) see Trunk Crime
DESIRE (1920/B&C.) 4460
feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Aka: THE MAGIC SKIN.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: George Edwardes Hall; Prod: Edward Godal. From the story
"Le Peau de Chagrin" by Honore de Balzac.
Cast: Dennis Neilson-Terry, Yvonne Arnaud, Christine Maitland, G.W. Anson, Chris
Walker, Pardoe Woodman, Austin Leigh, Saba Raleigh.
The skin of an ass grants author Raphael Valentin, (Neilson-Terry), several wishes that
makes him rich, but it is all revealed to be a dream.
DESTINATION MOON (1950/Universal/Eagle Lion) 91mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Irving Pichel; Prod: George Pal; Sc:
Robert Heinlein, Rip Van Ronkel & James O'Hanlon; Ph: Lionel Lindon; Sfx: Lee Zavitz
& George Pal; Astronomical Art: Chesley Bonestell; Technical Advisor: Herman Oberth;
Mus: Leith Stevens. Based on Robert Heinlein's story "Rocketship Galileo".
Cast: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Dick Wesson, Tom
Powers, Erin O'Brien-Moore.
An American receives the financial backing to develop a rocketship and land on the Moon
before the Russians do. When the astronauts finally land they discover they have not got
enough fuel to return home unless one of them stays behind.
Despite being extremely tedious today, this is surprisingly authentic for it's time even
though the first moon landing was not to take place for another 19 years. The film cost
$586,000 to make and the special effects received an Academy Award.
The Moon set took one hundred people, two months to create.
George Pal considered Woody Woodpecker to be lucky and featured the cartoon character in
most of his films. In this Woody demonstrates the principals of space travel.
The spacesuit was remodelled and used again in Phantom From Space
Pichel starred with Gloria Holden in Dracula's Daughter (1936).
Herman Oberth also worked on the similarly themed Frau Im Mond
DESTINATION SATURN (1939) see Buck Rogers
DESTINY (1921) see Der Mude Tod
DESTINY (1944/Universal) 65mins.
Credits: Dir: Reginald Le Borg & Julian Duvivier;
Prod: Howar d Benedict & Roy William Neill; Sc: Roy Chanslor & Ernest Pascal; Ph:
George Robinson & Paul Ivano; Ed: Paul Landres; Art: John B. Goodman, Abraham Grossman
& Richard H. Riedel; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Victor A. Gangelin; Mus: Frank
Skinner & Alexandre Tansman.
Cast: Gloria Jean, Alan Curtis, Frank Craven, Grace McDonald, Vivian Austin, Frank
Fenton, Minna Gombell, Selmer Jackson, Lew Wood, Robert Homans, Perc Launders, Harry
Strang, Lane Chandler, Billy Wayne, Gayne Whitman, Frank Hagney, Edgar Dearing, Bill Hale,
Dale Van Sickel, Dorothy Vaughn, Bill O'Brien, Bob Reeves, Bud Wolfe, Ken Terrell, Carey
Loftin, Frosty Royce, Kate McKenna, Tom Steele, Reba King, Helen Thurston.
Criminal Cliff Banks, (Curtis), hides out on a farm occupied by Clem Broderick and his
blind daughter Jane, (Jean). He attacks the girl and shoots her father, but the daughter
has the ability to communicate with nature and causes a dog to attack the intruder and
cause a violent storm in which a tree tries to grab him. Eventually Cliff falls into the
river and drowns.
Originally filmed as part of the compedium film Flesh and Fantasy
(1944), but the thirty minute episode was removed and expanded to feature length by
director Le Borg.
DESTINY'S SKIN (1915/Lubin) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: George Terwilliger.
Tom Green, Ormi Hawley.
A man with a split personality commits a series of crimes during his periods of mental
THE DESTROYER AIRSHIP (1910/Booth) BW. Silent. UK.
THE DETACHABLE MAN (1910/Pathe) 1 reel. BW. Silent.
A man has the ability to detach his limbs.
DEUX CENT MILLE LIEUES SOUS LES MERS
OU LE CAUCHEMAR D'UN PECHEUR (1906/Star Film) 930feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: UNDER THE SEAS; AMID THE WORKINGS OF THE DEEP.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
From the story "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne.
Cast: Corps de Ballet du Chatelet.
A fisherman named Yves dreams of a submarine trip to the sea-bed, where he encounters
several marine creatures, the Queen of the starfish and mermaids, (Ballet du Chatelet),
but he is attacked by sea anemones, an octopus and a vicious sponge before he finally
An admirable production from Melies, who based the marine monsters on the original
illustrations in Jules Verne's 1870 novel.
DEUX NIGAUDS CONTRE FRANKENSTEIN (1948)
see Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
THE DEVIL (1908/Edison) 2 reels.
BW. Silent. US.
A woman is frightened when the Devil appears before her.
THE DEVIL (1909/Edison) BW. Silent. US.
An adaptation of the popular stage play starring Englishman George Arliss, that introduced
the now familiar idea of representing Satan as a contemporary urban sophsticate.
THE DEVIL (1910/Powers) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
People are frightened by a man costumed as Mephistopheles.
THE DEVIL (1915/New York Motion Picture) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Sc: Thomas Ince.
From a novel by Charles Swickard and the play "Az Ordog" by Ferenc Molnar.
Cast: Bessie Barriscale, Arthur Maude.
Several people are tempted by Satan.
THE DEVIL (1921/Pathe) 70mins. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: James Young; Sc: Edmund Goulding; Ph: Harry Fischbeck; Art: Charles O.
Seesel. From the play "Az Ordog" by Ferenc Molnar.
George Arliss, Sylvia Breamer, Lucy Cotton, Mrs. Arliss, Edmund Lowe.
Satan is repelled by a crucifix.
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (1940) see All That Money Can Buy
THE DEVIL AND THE MADONNA (1920) see Teufel und die Madonna
THE DEVIL AND THE STATUE (1902) see Le
Diable Geant ou le Miracle de la Madonne
THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER (1913/Selig Polyscope Co.)
15mins. BW. Silent.US.
Credits: Dir: Hardee Kirkland; Sc: Edward McWade. Based on a story by Washington
Cast: Harry Lonsdale, William Stowell.
A man sells his soul to the Devil (Stowell), for gold.
THE DEVIL AS LAWYER (1911/Messter) 1 reel. BW.
Satan disguises himself as an attorney.
THE DEVIL BAT (1940/Producers
Releasing Company) 68mins. BW. US. Released Jan.'41. Aka: KILLER BATS.
Credits: Dir: Jean Yarbrough; Prod: Jack Gallagher; Ex.Prod: Sigmund Neufeld; Sc:
John Thomas Neville; Ph: Arthur Martinelli; Ed: Holbrook N. Todd; Art: Paul Palmentola;
Mus: David Chudnow. From a story by George Brickner.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien, Guy
Usher, Yolande Mallott, Hal Price, Donald Kerr, Edward Mortimer, Gene O'Donnell, Alan
Baldwin, John Ellis, Arthur Q.Bryan, John Davidson, Wally Rairdon.
|"Sharp fanged, blood sucking death dives from
Dr. Paul Carruthers, (Lugosi), believes he is being victimised by his employers, so with
the aid of electricity he develops a strain of giant killer bat trained to kill those who
wear his specially made aftershave lotion.
PRC's first horror entry is as ludicrously enjoyable as it sounds, with cheap effects and
an unconvincing storyline.
Later remade as The Flying Serpant (1945).
Sequel: The Devil Bat's Daughter
THE DEVIL BAT'S DAUGHTER (1946/Producers Releasing Company)
Sequel to The Devil Bat.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Frank Wisbar; Sc: Griffin
Jay; Ph: James S. Brown; Ed: Douglas W. Bagier; Art: Edward C. Jewell; Mu: Bud Westmore;
Mus: Alexander Steinest. From a story by Frank Wisbar & Ernest Jaeger.
Cast: Rosemary La Planche, John James, Eddie Kane,
Michael Hale, Molly Lamont, Nolan Leary, Monica Mars, Ed Cassidy.
A psychiatrist, (Kane), attempts to drive a young woman insane who is suffering from
nightmares about her father, rumoured to have been a vampire, by claiming that she also
has vampiric tendencies. The psychiatrist murders his wife and blames the woman for the
This film clears Lugosi of the crimes committed in The Devil Bat and
points to another culprit. The horror elements take a back seat to this watchable,
whodunit mystery plot with some interesting visual touches.
La Planche was Miss America of 1941.
THE DEVIL COMMANDS (1941/Columbia) 65mins. BW. US.
Aka: WHEN THE DEVIL COMMANDS; THE DEVIL SAYS NO.
Credits: Dir: Edward Dmytryk; Prod: Wallace MacDonald;
Sc: Robert D. Andrews & Milton Gunzberg; Ph: Allen G. Siegler; Ed: Al Clark; Art:
Lionel Banks; Sfx: Phil Faulkner; Mus: Morris W. Stoloff. From the novel "The Edge of
Running Water" by William F. Sloane.
|Cast: Boris Karloff, Amanda Duff, Anne Revere, Richard
Fiske, Ralph Penny, Dorothy Adams, Walter Baldwin, Kenneth MacDonald, Shirley Warde, Erwin
Kalser, Wheaton Chambers.
"When the Devil commands...Karloff obeys!"
Kindly Dr. Julian Blair, (Karloff), is experimenting to record the brain's impulses when
his wife Helen is killed in a automobile accident. In his grief Blair atte mpts to record
her dead brain's thoughts and tries his best to communicate with his wife by stealing
corpses from the graveyard and wiring them to his apparatus. Believing that his daughter
Anne (Duff), is more in tune with his wife's mind, he wires her up also.
Karloff's fourth picture for Columbia is an effective mad scientist story with some
bizarre laboratory equipment and excellent characterisations.
DOLL (1936/MGM.) 79mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Tod Browning;
Prod: Edward J. Mannix; Sc: Erich von Stroheim, Guy Endore & Garrett
Fort; Ph: Leonard Smith; Ed: Frederick Y. Smith; Art: Cedric Gibbons, Stan Rogers
& Edwin B. Willis; Mus: Franz Waxman. From the story "The Witch of
Timbuctoo" by Tod Browning and the novel "Burn Witch Burn" by Abraham
Cast: Lionel Barrymore,
Maureen O'Sullivan, Henry B. Walthall, Frank Lawton, Rafaela Ottiana, Lucy Beaumont, Grace
Ford, Robert Greig, Pedro de Cordoba, Juanita Quigley, Arthur Hohl, Claire du Brey, Rollo
Lloyd, E. Allyn Warren, Billy Gilbert, Eily Malyon, Egon Brecher, Frank Reicher.
A scientist, (Walthall), escapes from Devil's Island with Paul Lavond, (Barrymore), a man
framed for the crime he was convicted. The two return to Paris where the scientist reveals
that he has developed a device for animating small objects. When the scientist dies,
Lavond disguises himself as Madame Mandelip and continues to use the device with the help
of the scientist's widow, (Ottiana), to create an army of doll sized assassins out of
figurines that he uses to kill the crooked bankers who framed him. Disguised as the kindly
old lady he enters each victim's house and leaves behind one of the dolls to carry out his
revenge. In the meantime he befriends his daughter, (Sullivan), without her ever knowing
his true identity.
||Although the script fails to live up to the imaginative
premise this is a sympathetic tale with elements of science fiction and horror and some
good effects for its time. Barrymore's enjoyable performance gives more than a nod to Lon
Chaney's portrayal of Mrs. O'Grady in the The Unholy Three
films of 1925 and 1930.
During post production, actor Wilfred Lucas supplied the voiceover lines for players who
were offscreen or with their backs to the camera.
Tod Browning's last true horror film.
THE DEVIL IN
A CONVENT (1899) see Diable Au Convent
THE DEVIL IN THE STUDIO (1901/R.W. Paul) 100feet.
BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Walter R. Booth.
Mephistopheles causes an artist's model to disappear.
THE DEVIL MONSTER (1946/Weiss) BW. US.
Cast: Barry Norton, Blanche Mahaffy.
A man searching the South Seas for his missing friend encounters a sea monster of ancient
A DEVIL OF A HONEYMOON (1915/Cherry Kearton)
550feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Walter R. Booth.
Satan drives a honeymooners car into a volcano and to the north pole.
THE DEVIL SAYS NO (1941) see The
THE DEVIL STONE (1917/Artcraft
Pictures Corp.) 5reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Cecil B. DeMille; Prod: Jesse L. Lasky; Sc: Jeannie MacPherson; Ph:
Alvin Wyckoff; Art: Wilfred Buckland. From a story by Beatrice C. DeMille and Leighton
Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Hobart Bosworth, Tully Marshall, James Neill, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Ernest Joy, Mabel Van Buren, Lillian
Leighton, Burwell Hamrick, Horace B. Carpenter, Theodore Roberts, Raymond Haton.
A girl discovers a priceless emerald that is cursed by the Devil.
THE DEVIL TO PAY (1915/Martin) 585feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Edwin J. Collins.
An elderly alchemist, (Jarman), summons Mephistopheles who makes him young again.
THE DEVIL TO PAY (1920/Brunton Films) BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: Ernest C. Warde; Sc: Jack Cunningham.
Roy Stewart, Robert McKim, Mark Fenton, Fritzi Brunette, George Fisher, Evelyn Selbie,
Joseph J. Dowling.
Hanged for a crime he did not commit, a man, (Stewart), is brought back to life by a
doctor, (Fenton), and haunts the wealthy banker, (McKim), who framed him, eventually
causing him to commit suicide.
THE DEVIL'S ASSISTANT (1917/Mutual) 5 reels BW.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Harry Pollard. From a story by F. Edward Hungerford.
Cast: Margarite Fisher, Jack Mower, Monroe Salisbury, Kathleen Kirkham, Joseph
The evil Dr. Lorenz, (Salisbury), addicts a woman named Marta, (Fisher), to drugs and
attempts to rape her in a mountain cabin during a thunderstorm. When the cabin is struck
by lightening, both are buried in the crumbling ruins.
A surprisingly raw melodrama for it's day.
THE DEVIL'S BARGAIN (1908/Cricks and Martin) 530
feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: A.E. Coleby.
An artist sells his soul to the Devil for a months wages, and a girl in a painting comes
to life to save him from Satan's wrath.
THE DEVIL'S BONDMAN (1915/Transatlantic)
3892 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Aka: THE SCORPION'S STING (US).
Credits: Dir: Percy Nash; Sc: Rowland Talbot.
Cast: George Bellamy, Fay Temple, Gregory Scott, Douglas Payne, Daisy Cordell, J.
Hastings Batson, Arthur M. Cullin.
Ex-convict Morton Masters, (Bellamy), sells his soul to Satan for riches, and kills his
mistress at an engagement party.
THE DEVIL'S BROOD (1944) see The
House of Frankenstein
THE DEVIL'S CASTLE (1896) see Le
Manoir du Diable
THE DEVIL'S CASTLE (1897) see Le
THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER (1939) see Pocomania
THE DEVIL'S ENVOYS (1942) see Visiteurs
THE DEVIL'S HAND (1942) see Le
Main du Diable
THE DEVIL'S LOCKSMITH (1919) see Der Teufelschlosser
THE DEVIL'S MANOR (1896) see Le
Manoir du Diable
THE DEVIL'S MASK (1946/Columbia)
66mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Henry Levin; Prod: Wallace MacDonald; Sc: Charles O'Neal & Dwight
V. Babcock; Ph: Henry Freulich.
Based on Carlton E. Morse's CBS. radio series "I Love a Mystery".
Jim Bannon, Barton Yarborough, Anita Louise, Mona Barrie, Michael Duane, Ludwig
Donath, Paul E. Burns, Frank Wilcox, Thomas Jackson, Richard Hale, John Elliott, Edward
Earle, Frank Mayo, Byron Foulger.
When a cargo plane crashes the police discover five shrunken heads in the wreckage one of
which belongs to a missing explorer. Private detectives Jack Packard, (Bannon), and Doc
Young, (Yarborough), are hired to find out who was responsible and stumble into a complex
plot involving hypnotism, a walking corpse and a kindly taxidermist, (Donath).
Another entry in the "I Love a Mystery" film series. The cast
includes some of the radio stars of the day, but the supernatural elements are sacrificed
for a standard whodunnit adventure.
THE DEVIL'S MATE (1933/Monogram)
68mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Phil Rosen; Prod: Ben Verschleiser; Sc: Leonard Fields & David
Silverman; Ph: Gilbert Warrenton.
Cast: Peggy Shannon, Preston Foster, Ray Walker, Hobart Cavanaugh, Barbara
Barondess, Paul Porcasi, Harold Waldridge, Jason Robards, Bryant Washburn, Harry Holman,
George Hayes, James Durkin, Gordon DeMain, Paul Fix, Sam Flint, Henry Otho, Henry Hall.
"Crime without a clue! Who was the fiend? And why did they call him the
Convicted murderer Maloney, is shot by a poisonous dart on his way to the electric chair
before he can disclose the identity of the gang leader responsible for a number of
ingenious murders. Nancy Weaver, (Shannon), a reporter for the Chronicle, solves the
murder with the help of Inspector O'Brien, (Foster).
In 1941 Monogram remade the film as I KILLED A MAN.
THE DEVIL'S MONEYBAGS (1902) see Le Tresor de Satan
THE DEVIL'S MOTHER-IN-LAW (1910) 14mins. BW. Silent.
The Devil weds a young woman and imprisons her mother in Hell.
THE DEVIL'S PROFESSION (1915/Arrow) 3300 feet. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: F.C.S. Tudor. From a novel by Gertie de S. Wentworth James.
Cast: Rohan Clensy, Alesia Leon, Sidney Strong, May Lynn, Nancy Roberts.
Dr. Felix Emerson is paid to inject people with a madness stimulant.
THE DEVIL'S SONATA (1911) 14mins. BW. Silent.
A violinist exerts a hypnotic influence over a girl.
THE DEVIL'S TOY (1916/Premo/Equitable) 5 reels. BW.
Credits: Sc: Edward Madden & Maurice Marks.
From the poem "The Mills of the Gods" by Edward Madden.
Cast: Adele Blood, Mantague Love, Edwin Stevens, Jack Halliday, Madge Evans.
A man suffering strange visions of Satan, (Stevens), is led to commit murder.
LE DIABLE AU CONVENT (1899/Star
Film) 195 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE SIGN OF THE CROSS; THE DEVIL IN A CONVENT.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
"The Devil jumps forth from the holy water font, amid a column of smoke issuing from
same, and flies gently to the ground by spreading his cloak as the wings of a bat." -
Melies as Satan takes on an erotic vampire role.
LE DIABLE GEANT OU LE MIRACLE DE LA
MADONNE (1902/Star Film) 130 feet. BW. Silent. France. Aka: THE GIGANTIC DEVIL;
THE DEVIL AND THE STATUE.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Melies portrays a gigantic Mephistopheles created by moving the actor towards the camera
to achieve an impression of size. Today cameras are much more portable, allowing the use
of "dolly" shots for which the camera moves towards the actor.
THE DIABOLICAL BOX (1912/Urbanora) 6mins. BW.
An imp transforms itself into an animal and frightens people.
DIAMOND OF DISASTER (1914/Thanhouser) 3 reels. BW.
Credits: Dir: Carroll Fleming; Sc: Phil Lonergan.
J. S. Murray, Ernest Warde, Morgon Jones.
A diamond causes death and destruction.
DICK TRACY (1945/RKO.) 61mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William Berke. From the comic strip character created by Chester Gould.
Morgan Conway, Mike Mazurski, Anne Jeffreys.
Dick Tracy, (Conway), is on the trail of Splitface, (Mazurski), who is killing off the
jurors who sent him to prison, but the arch fiend kidnaps Tess Trueheart, (Jeffreys),
A standard crime mystery with absurd characters that began a series of popular Dick Tracy
DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME (1947/RKO.) 65mins. BW. US.
Aka: DICK TRACY'S AMAZING ADVENTURE (UK).
Credits: Dir: John Rawlins; Prod: Herbert Schlom; Sc: Eric Taylor & Robertson
White; Ph: Frank Redman; Ed: Elmo Williams; Art: Albert
D'Agostino. Based on the comic strip character created by Chester Gould.
Cast: Ralph Byrd, Boris Karloff,
Anne Gwynne, Skelton Knaggs, Milton Parsons, Lex Barker, Robert Clarke, Howard Ashley,
Edward Ashley, June Clayworth, Lyle Latell, Tony Barrett, Jim Nolan, Joseph Crehan.
Gruesome, (Karloff), enlists the aid of Dr. Thal's paralysing gas bombs to rob a bank, but
when Tess Trueheart witnesses a robbery, Dick Tracy, (Byrd), is assigned to bring the arch
criminal to justice.
A camp last entry to the Dick Tracy series with some interesting character names including
Dr. A. Tomic. Lex Barker, who later became known for his role in a series of TARZAN films,
can be seen briefly as an ambulance driver.
TRACY'S AMAZING ADVENTURE (1947) see Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
THE DINOSAUR AND THE MISSING LINK (1915)
SPIRITS (1915/Mina) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A drunkard experiences visions of strange monsters.
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