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EARTHBOUND (1940/20th. Century Fox) 67mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Irving Pichel;
Prod: Sol M. Wurtzel; Sc: John Howard Lawson & Samuel Engel.
From a story by Basil King.
Cast: Warner Baxter, Andrea Leeds, Lynn Bari, Charles
Grapewin, Henry Wilcoxon, Elizabeth Patterson, Ian Wolfe.
The ghost of a murdered man helps his widow bring his killer to justice.
A well produced murder mystery.
THE EAST SIDE KIDS MEET BELA LUGOSI (1943) see Ghosts on the Loose
EDGAR ALLAN POE (1909/American Mutoscope) 492feet. BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: D.W. Griffith; Prod: G.W. Bitzer. Based
on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Herbert Yost, Linda Arvidson.
Edgar Allan Poe's wife lies dying, so Poe writes the verses of "The Raven" and
sells them in a desperate attempt to obtain food for her. When a publisher finally
approves the poems, Poe returns home with some food, but his wife is already dead and a
raven is in the room.
The film closes with a verse from the poem.
THE EFFECTS OF DRINK (1905/Gaumont) 4mins. BW. Silent. UK.
An unfortunate drunk is haunted by visions of demons and strange monsters.
THE EGYPTIAN MUMMY (1913/Kalem) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A man impersonates a mummy.
THE EGYPTIAN MUMMY (1914/Vitagraph) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Lee Beggs; Sc: A.A. Methley.
Cast: Billy Quirk, Co n stance Talmadge, Joel Day.
A living mummy acts as a matchmaker for a couple in love.
THE EGYPTIAN MYSTERY (1909/Edison) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A pendant found in an Egyptian tomb causes any object touched by those who wear it, to
THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD (1933) see King Kong
DAS EINSAME HAUS-DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE II (1914/Vitascope-Union)
55mins. (1100 metres). BW. Silent. Germany. Released US: 1915.
Sequel to: Der Hund von Baskerville (1914).
Aka: DAS HAUS OHNE TUREN UND FENSTER.
Credits: Dir: Rudolf Meinart; Prod: Josef Greenbaum;
Sc: Richard Oswald; Ph: Werner Brandes.
Cast: Alwin Neuss, Friedrich Kohne, Andreas von Horn,
Hanni Weisse, Erwin Fichtner.
When Stapleton, (Kohne), is captured for his crimes in DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE he escapes
to a specially constructed submersible house in the centre of a lake. Holmes, (Neuss),
trapped inside Baskerville castle calls for help with his pocket wireless outfit. Later
while Holmes is struggling to free Lord Baskerville, (Fichtner), and Lady Baskerville from
the submerged house, Stapleton breaks the windows allowing the water to flood in. Holmes
discovers a way to raise the house in the nick of time and blows it up trapping Stapleton
to a watery doom.
A wonderful mixture of science fiction and derring-do with nothing in common to Conan
Doyle's stories. The title translates as "The Isolated House".
Released as the second part of DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE (1914).
Sequel: Das Unheimliche Zimmer - Der Hund von Baskerville III.
ELEAGABLE KUPERUS (1920) see Nachtgestalten
ELECTRIC MAN (1941) see Man-Made Monster
TRANSFORMATION (1909/Clarendon) 425feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Percy Stow.
A professor shows a group of excitable ladies fake electrical stunts, including pieces of
iron being transformed into bust statues and one human face is shown melting into another.
Finally the professor changes features with his cook.
An early film displaying many trick photography techniques.
THE ELECTRIC VILLA (1911/Pathe) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
A roasted chicken comes back to life.
THE ELECTRIC VITALISER (1910/Kineto Film) BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Walter Booth.
A machine that can reanimate the dead and bring life to other inanimate objects, reviving
some waxworks including Jeni Mace and Queen Elizabeth.
An early comedy short.
AZ ELET KIRALYA (1917/Star Film) BW. Silent. Hungary.
Aka: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.
Credits: Dir: Alfred Deesy. From the tale by Oscar
Cast: Arisztid Olt (Bela
Lugosi), Norbert Dan, Gustav Twain, Ila Loth, Annie Goth, Richard Kornai, Victor Kurd,
|A suave socialite, (Dan), stays young while his portrait
ages. A young Lugosi appears as Dorian Gray's butler.
The title translates as The Royal Life.
THE ELEVENTH DIMENSION (1915/IMP/Universal)
25mins. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod: Raymond L. Schrock.
Cast: William E. Welsh, Howard Crampton, Allen
Holubar, Francis Nelson.
An insane professor attempts to revive a body to prove his theory of life after death.
THE ELIXIR OF LIFE (1907/Joker) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: THE ELIXIR OF STRENGTH.
Credits: Dir: Allen Curtis; Sc: Harry Wulze.
Cast: William Franey, Gale Henry, Lilian Peacock.
An elixir gives a hen-pecked husband incredible strength and allows him to be master in
his own home again.
An early comedy short.
THE ELIXIR OF STRENGTH (1907) see The Elixir of Life
ELLA LOLA (1898/Edison) BW. Silent.
From the novel "Trilby" by George Du Maurier.
A hypnotist makes an artist's model sing, but he cannot make her love him.
This is the earliest known adaptation of the famous tale.
EMPEROR JONES (1933/Krimsky & Cochran Inc.) 80mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Dudley Murphy; Prod: John Krimsky &
Gifford Cochran; Ex.Prod: William C. de Mille; Sc: DuBose Heyward; Ph: Ernest Haller;
Sets: Herman Rosse; Mus: Frank Tours & Rosamond Johnson. From a play by Eugene
Cast: Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank Wilson, Fredi
Washington, Ruby Elzy, George H. Stamper, Jackie Mabley, Blueboy O'Connor, Brandon Evans,
Taylor Gordon. Former railway porter Brutus Jones, (Robeson), driven by a desire for
prestige and power, escapes from a chain gang and relocates to Haiti where he becomes the
island's new Emperor. Due to his tyranny a rebellion begins and Emperor Jones has to flee
into the jungle swampland on foot where he encounters the ghosts of his victims.
Considered to be one of Paul Robeson's finest screen performances.
Dudley Digges is the only white member of the cast.
THE ENCHANTED CUP (1902/R.W. Paul) 300feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Walter R. Booth.
A peasant uses a magic cup and the Gorgon's head to save his sweetheart from being burned
One of seven short vignettes.
THE ENCHANTED KISS (1917/General) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Chet Ryan, Frances Parks.
In a dream, a man maintains his eternal youth by devouring the flesh of a maiden once
THE ENCHANTED WREATH (1910/Warwick Trading Co.) 1 reel. BW. Silent. UK.
An imp makes a girl disappear, and then he brings her back as a witch.
SEMUSHI (1925) BW. Silent. Japan.
Credits: Ph: Eiji Tsuburaya.
Tsuburaya's first film as a cameraman who later joined the special effects team for Toho
studios and the GODZILLA films.
The title translates as The Hunchback Of Enmei-In.
ERIK THE GREAT (1927) see The Last
ESCAMOTAGE D'UNE DAME CHEZ ROBERT-HOUDIN (1896/Star
Film) 65feet. BW. Silent. France. Aka: THE VANISHING LADY.
Credits: Dir: Georges
Méliès; Ph: Georges Melies, Lucien Reulos & Leclerc.
Cast: Georges Melies, Jehanne d'Alcy.
A seated lady, (d'Alcy), is draped in a sheet and replaced by a skeleton when the cover is
Inspired by illusionist Buatier de Kolta, Melies stopped the camera, replaced the actress
with a skeleton and started the camera again. Melies had accidentally discovered the trick
of substitution while filming "The Place de L'Opera" when the film temporarily
jammed inside the camera. When he developed the print an omnibus seemingly changed into a
Jehanne d'Alcy became Melies' second wife in 1925.
THE VANISHING LADY is the second earliest Melies film known to be still in existence.
ESMERALDA (1906/Gaumont) 10mins. 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Alice Guy-Blanche. From the story by
Cast: Victorin Jasset, Henri Vorins, Denise Becker.
The first brief adaptation of "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" by the world's first
ESMERALDA (1922/Master) 1100 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Later retitled THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
Credits: Dir: Edwin J. Collins; Prod: H.B. Parkinson;
Sc: Frank Miller. From the story by Victor Hugo.
Cast: Booth Conway, Sybil Thorndike, Arthur Kingsley,
A British attempt to transfer the famous story to the screen a year before the definitive
Lon Chaney performance. This is part seven of an eight part film series titled "Tense
Moments from Great Plays".
ETRANGE AVENTURE DE DAVID GRAY (1932)
EVIL MIND (1935) see The Clairvoyant
SPIRITE (1899/Star Film) 65 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: SUMMONING THE SPIRITS.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
An early film featuring ghosts.
EVOLUTION (1923-25/Red Seal Pictures) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod: Max Fleischer.
A documentary that traces the evolution of mankind including animated dinosaur footage
from Willis H. O'Brien's The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1919).
EVOLUTION (1932/Ideal Pictures Corporation) 30mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Allyn B. Carrick.
A documentary that features animated prehistoric animals.
EVOLUTION (1940) Colour. US. Abandoned.
Credits: Ray Harryhausen.
Shot on 16mm by a twenty year-old Harryhausen, this proposed epic production recounting
the entire story of life on Earth helped the young animator's career by bringing him to
the attention of George Pal at Paramount.
EXCESS BAGGAGE (1933/Real Art) 59mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Reed Davis; Prod: Julian Hagen; Sc: H.
Fowler Mear; Ph: Sydney Blythe. From a novel by Captain H.M. Raleigh.
Cast: Claude Allister, Frank Pettingell, Maud Gill,
Rene Ray, Sydney Fairbrother, O.B. Clarence, Gerald Rawlinson, Viola Compton, Finlay
Currie, Minnie Raynor, Ruth Taylor, Charles Groves.
Colonel Murgatraud, (Allister), believes he has shot and killed General Brewster,
(Pettingell), while hunting for a ghost, so he bundles the body into a trunk that he
intends to heave into the river. However, the trunk is mistaken for one of a similar
design and a Duchess, (Gill), unknowingly takes the General with her to an old country
house with a haunted bedroom.
An acceptable spooky comedy for its time.
EXPEDITION MOON (1950) see Rocketship X-M
THE EXPERIMENT (1915/Edison) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Robert Brower, Bessie Learn.
A man almost dies during an experiment in hypnosis.
THE EXPLOITS OF ELAINE (1914-15/Pathe/Star/Wharton) BW.
Silent. Serial. 36 episodes. US.
Credits: Dir: Louis J. Gasnier & George B. Seitz;
Prod: Theodore W. & Leopold V. Wharton; Sc: Charles W. Goddard & George P. Seitz.
From a story by Arthur B. Reeve.
Pearl White, Sheldon Lewis, Creighton Hale, Arnold Daly,
William Riley Hatch, Mrs. Besse E. Wharton, Floyd Buckley, Raymond Owens, Robin Towney,
Edwin Arden, M.W. Rale, Lionel Barrymore.
Gadget obsessed detective Craig Kennedy, (Daly), avenges the death of his girlfriend
Elaine Dodge's, (White), father and encounters master villain The Clutching Hand, also
known as Percy Bennett, (Lewis), who tries to drain Elaine's blood with a hypodermic
A typical early serial with episode titles that include "The Clutching Hand",
"The Poisoned Room" and "The Death Ray". Lewis only appears in part of
the serial as he wasn't hired until half way through filming and then went on to appear as
the villain in Pearl White's other chapterplay, THE IRON CLAW (1916).
TALES (1932) see Funf Geschichten
EYES IN THE DARK (1917/IMP/Universal) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank H. Crane; Sc: Stuart Paton.
A mysterious ruby possesses occult powers.
EYES OF SATAN (1913/Solax) BW. Silent. US.
A conjurer brings a skeleton to life.
EYES OF THE MUMMY (1918) see Die Augen der Mumie Ma
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