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THE LABORATORY OF MEPHISTOPHELES
(1897) see Cabinet de Mephistopheles

THE LADY AND THE DOCTOR (1944/Republic) 86mins. BW.
Aka: THE LADY AND THE MONSTER (UK); TIGER MAN.
Credits: Dir: George Sherman; Prod: George Sherman & Herbert J. Yates; Sc: Dan Lussier & Frederick Kohner; Ph: John Alton; Ed: Arthur Roberts; Art: Russell Kimball; Sfx: Howard & Theodore Lydecker; Mus: Walter Scharf. From "Donovan's Brain" by Curt Siodmak.
Cast: Vera Hruba Ralston, Richard Arlen, Erich Von Stroheim, Helen Vinson, Mary Nash, Sidney Blackmer, Janet Martin, Bill Henry, Charles Cane, Juanita Quigley, Josephine Dillon, Antonio Triana, Lola Montes, Billy Benedict, Harry Hayden, Lola Montes, Tom London, Lane Chandler, Sam Flint, Edward Keane, Wallis Clark, Maxine Doyle, Herbert Clifton, Harry Depp, Lee Phelps.
Professor Mueller, (Stoheim), believes he can keep a human brain alive after death, and has the chance of proving his theory when financeer William H. Donovan crashes his plane and dies. Mueller steals Donovan's brain, but doesn't immediately realise that the brain is exerting it's vengeful influence over his assistant Mr. Corey, (Arlen), who begins to behave like the dead financeer and tries to release a convict from death row, who has been wrongly convicted of murder and is really Donovan's son. Dr. Mueller's ward, in love with Corey, tries to destroy the brain before it forces Corey to kill a witness at the convict's trial. While the brain is asleep, Corey tries to convince Mueller to end his experiment, but a fight ensues in which Mueller is shot and the brain is destroyed. Another version of Siodmak's popular tale held together by Stroheim's good performance and the unusual gothic, Arizona setting.

THE LADY AND THE MONSTER (1944) see The Lady and the Doctor

LADY IN THE MORGUE (1938/Universal) 70mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE CASE OF THE MISSING BLONDE (UK).
Credits: Dir: Otis Garrett; Sc: Eric Taylor & Robertson White. From a novel Jonathan Latimer.
Cast: Preston Foster, Frank Jenks, Patricia Ellis, Thomas Jackson, Barbara Pepper.
Detectives investigate the disappearance of a girl's body from a morgue.
A predictable, but stylish murder mystery.

THE LADY OF SHALLOT (1912/Cecil M. Hepworth) BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir & Sc: Elwin Neame. From a poem by Tennyson.
Cast: Ivy Close.
A woman looks into a cursed mirror, sees an image of a knight and dies.

A LADY OF SPIRITS (1914/Edison) BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Harry Gripp, William Wadsworth.
Features a ghost.

THE LAND OF OZ (1910/Selig) 1000 feet. BW. Silent.

THE LAST HOUR (1930/Nettlefold) 77mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Walter Forde; Prod: Archibald Nettlefold; Sc: H. Fowler Mear; Ph: Geoffrey Faithfull. From a play by Charles Bennett.
Cast: Stewart Rome, Kathleen Vaughan, Richard Cooper, Alexander Field, Wilfred Shine, James Raglan, George Bealby, Frank Arlton, Billy Shine.
An organisation of foreign spies, headed by an unscrupulous prince, (Rome), steals a death ray and uses it to force down British ships and aircraft to obtain their cargo.
An early science fiction thriller directed by a popular British silent comedian of the time, who was proving to be an adept film maker.

THE LAST MOMENT (1923/J. Parker Read/Goldwyn) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir & Prod: J. Parker Read; Sc: J. Clarkson Miller; Ph: J.O. Taylor.
From a story by Jack Boyle.
Cast: Henry Hull, Doris Kenyon, Louis Wolheim, Louis Calhern, William Nally, Hickey Bennett, Harry Allen, Donald Hall, Danny Hayes, Jerry Peterson, Robert Hazelton.
Hercules Napoleon Cameron, (Hull), a mild mannered bookworm, is shanghaied with his girlfriend Alice, (Kenyon), by a sadistic ship captain, (Wolheim), who keeps an ape-like monster known only as The Thing, (Peterson), caged up on his vessel. During a bad storm the creature escapes and kills the cast and crew. Cameron and Alice manage to escape.
A typical twenties comedy-chiller.

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THE LAST PERFORMANCE
(1929/Universal) 7 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: ERIK THE GREAT.
Credits: Dir: Paul Fejos; Prod: Carl Laemmle; Sc: James Ashmore Creelman; Ph: Hal Mohr; Ed: Edward Cahn, Roberts Jaans & Robert Carisle; Titles: Walter Anthony & Tom Reed.
Cast: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Leslie Fenton, Fred MacKaye, Gustav Partos, William H. Turner, Anders Randoe, Sam De Grasse, George Irving.
Master magician and hypnotist, Erik the Great , (Veidt), is in love with Julie, (Philbin), a member of his show, but she loves Mark Royce, (MacKaye), a younger member of the troupe. Erik plans to murder his rival during a sword act on stage, but kills his assistant Buffo, (Fenton), instead and attempts to frame Mark for the crime. The police arrest Mark, but he is exonerated when Erik makes a confession before committing suicide.
Universal tried to cash in on the success of 1925's The Phantom of the Opera by utilising the same sets. Unfortunately, the lumbering plot was not deserving of the clever mobile crane camerawork (that included one of the earliest zoom shots), or of the lavish sets.
This film served as Conrad Veidt's audition for the studio's production of Dracula, but despite Veidt's superb performance, he decided to leave the country when he felt that his poor English was not suitable for the new sound medium.

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THE LAST WARNING
(1929/Universal) 88mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Paul Leni; Prod: Carl Laemmle Jnr.; Sc: Alfred A. Cohn & Tom Reed; Ph: Hal Mohr; Art: Charles D. Hall; Mus: Joseph Cherviasky. From the play & story by Thomas F. Fallon, and the novel "Backstage Phantom" by Wadsworth Camp.
Cast: Laura La Plante, Montague Love, Roy D'Arcy, Margaret Livingston, John Boles, Bert Roach, Carrie Daumery, Burr McIntosh, Mack Swain, Slim Summerville, Torben Meyer, D'Arcy Corrigan, Bud Phelps, Char les K. French, Fred Kelsey, Tom O'Brien, Harry Northrup.
After five years a playwright, (Love), reopens a Broadway theatre with the same cast of the play "Dangerous Currents" in which the leading man John Woodford, (Corrigan), died and his corpse disappeared. What follows is a sequence of strange unexplained incidents that include the sudden collapse of scenery, blackouts, and the apparent visitation of the dead man's ghost. On the opening night of the play the leading man again is missing.
Another silent film adaptation of a successful comedy thriller stageplay with some recorded dialogue and synchronised sound effects added later during post production.
The dated plot twists are offset by the superb camerawork and the impressive sets from The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
Although met with critical indifference, Leni's flair for visual and macabre wit, which includes a scene in which the front of the theatre transforms into a giant grimacing face, were singled out for praise.
This was Paul Leni's last commercial film. He was working on a synchronised sound, experimental film titled PUZZLES before his untimely death from blood posoning in 1929.
Universal remade the film in 1939 as House of Fear, a William Gargan second feature.

THE LAST WILL OF DR. MABUSE (1932) see Testament des Dr. Mabuse

LATIN QUARTER (1945/British National/Four Continents Film) 80mins. BW. UK.
Aka: FRENZY (US).
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Vernon Sewell; Prod: Louis H. Jackson & Derrick de Marney; Ph: Gunther Krampf. From the play "L'Angoisse" by Pierre Mills & Charles de Vylars.
Cast: Derrick de Marney, Joan Greenwood, Joan Seton, Beresford Egan, Frederick Valk, Lilly Kann, Martin Miller, Valentine Dyall, Anthony Hawtrey, Bruce Winston, Sybilla Binder, Gerhardt Kempinski, Espinosa, Margaret Clarke, Rachael Brodbar, Billy Holland, Cleo Nordi.
"Please keep the climax a secret!"
In 1893, sculptor Charles Garrie, (de Marney), rents a studio in Paris whose previous tenant, Minetti, died in an asylum. Effected by the atmosphere of the surroundings, Dr. Krasner (Valk), is brought in to carry out a seance, where it is revealed that Garrie had been in love with Minetti's wife, (Greenwood), who had disappeared. Her body is found hidden in one of Minetti's clay statues.
This melodramatic remake of Sewell's first film, a short titled The Medium (1934), is an effective chiller with suitably creepy acting and impressive Degas styled sets.

LEAVES FROM SATAN'S BOOK (1919) see Blade af Satan's Bog

LEGALLY DEAD (1923/Universal) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Willam Parke; Sc: Harvey Gates; Ph: Richard Fryer. From a story by Charles Furtham.
Cast: Milton Sills, Margaret Campbell, Brandon Hurst, Claire Adams, Joseph Girard, Edwin Sturgis, Robert Homans.
Will Campbell, (Sills), is hanged for murder, but scientist, Dr. Gelzer, (Hurst), injects adrenalin into the dead man and brings him back to life.

LEGEND OF A GHOST (1907) see Legende du Fantome

THE LEGEND OF CAGLIOSTRO (1912/Gaumont) 3 reels. BW. Silent. France.
Marie Antoinette's death by the guillotine is predicted by Cagliostro.

THE LEGEND OF PRAGUE (1936) see Golem

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW (1908/Kalem) 14mins. BW. Silent. US.
From the story by Washington Irving.
Superstitious schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, meets the spectral "Headless Horseman".

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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
(1912/Eclair/American Standard. 1reel. BW. Silent. US.
From the story by Washington Irving.
Schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, encounters the spectral "Headless Horseman" of Sleepy Hollow.

THE LEGEND OF THE LAKE (1911/Cines) 1 reel. BW. Silent. Italy.
A legendary fairy exacts revenge on some murderers.

THE LEGEND OF THE LONE TREE (1915/Vitagraph) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Ulysses Davis. Cast: Myrtle Gonzalez, Alfred D. Vosburgh.
A murderer is cursed by a tribal medicine man, and transformed into a tree.

THE LEGEND OF THE PHANTOM TRIBE (1914/Bison/Universal) BW. Silent. US.
A native American Indian from a ghostly tribe is transformed into a bear by the powers of witchcraft.

THE LEGEND OF THE UNDINES (1910) see Legende des Ondines

LEGENDE DES ONDINES (1910/Pathe) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE LEGEND OF THE UNDINES.
A knight is lured into the sea by a beckoning siren.

LA LEGENDE DU FANTOME (1907/Pathe) BW. Silent. France.
Aka: LEGEND OF A GHOST.
A woman fights demons, dragons and a Vampire in Hell. In addition a ghost's voice is heard issuing from a grave.

THE LEOPARD LADY (1928/Pathe) 75mins. (7 reels). BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Rupert Julian; Prod: Bertram Millhauser; Sc: Beulah Marie Dix; Ph: John J. Mescall; Ed: Claude Berkeley. From a play by Edward Childs Carpenter.
Cast: Jacqueline Logan, Alan Hale, Robert Armstrong, Hedwig Reicher, James Bradbury Snr., Dick Alexander, William Burt, Sylvia Ashton, Kay Deslys, Willie May Carson.
A leopard trainer named Paula, (Logan), joins a circus to help the police unmask a killer.
Eventually, Paula discovers that the murders were committed by a gorilla under the control of Caesar, (Hale) , a villainous animal trainer. She tries to reason with Caesar as he once saved her life, but when her fiance, (Armstrong), is attacked, she turns him in.
Another in a slew of films of the period featuring a gorilla on the rampage.

THE LEOPARD MAN (1943/RKO.) 66mins. BW. US. Follow up to: The Cat People.
Credits: Dir: Jacques Tourneur; Prod: Val Lewton; Sc: Ardel Wray; Add. Dialogue: Edward Dein; Ph: Robert de Grasse; Ed: Mark Robson; Art: Albert D'Agostino & Walter E. Keller; Sets: Darrell Silvera & Al Fields; Mus: Roy Webb. From "Black Alibi" by Cornell Woolrich (aka. William Irish).
Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Jean Brooks, Richard Martin, Tula Parma, Abner Biberman, Isabell Jewell, James Bell, Margaret Landry, Margo, Ben Bard, Ariel Heath, Fely Franquelli, Clo-Clo, Kiki Walker, Brandon Hurst.
"Death striking from the dark with ripping fury!...Was it man or beast that tore to shreds victim after victim...striking only at defensless beauty?...Know the truth about these murders...for a thrill!"
A strange creature is stalk ing the inhabitants of a small Mexican village asssumed to be the leopard hired by a reporter for a publicity stunt. A little girl is sent to the store by her mother. On her return home she is being chased and she screams to be let in through her door quickly, but her screams are cut short and a pool of blood seeps under the door... The murderer is actually a psychopath.
A compelling and atmospheric Lewton thriller that doesn't quite achieve the effect of The Cat People, but contains the best "trapped in a cemetery" sequence ever filmed.

THE LEPRECHAUN (1908/Edison) BW. Silent. US.
Features a leprechaun and a witch.

THE LIFE OF CHARLES PEACE (1905/Haggar) BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: William Haggar.
Cast: Walter Haggar.
A drama surrounding the life and exploits of infamous murderer Charles Peace and his public hanging.
Haggar discovered that a version of Charles Peace's life was being made in Sheffield, so he cast his son and other members of his family in a film that he exhibited through his American Bioscope at fairs around Wales.

LIFE RETURNS (1934/Universal/Scienart) 62mins. BW. US. Released 1938.
Credits: Dir: Eugene Frenke; Prod: Lou Ostrow; Sc: James Hogan, John F. Goodrich, Arthur Horman, L. Wolfe Gilbert & Mary McCarthy; Story: Eugene Frenke & James Hogan; Ph: Robert Planck; Ed: Harry Marker; Art: Ralph Berger; Mus: Oliver Wallace & Clifford Vaughan. From a story by Eugene Frenke & James Hogan.
Cast: Onslow Stevens, George Breakston, Valerie Hobson, Lois Wilson, Stanley Fields, Dr . Robert E. Cornish, Frank Reicher, Richard Carle, Dean Benton, Lois January, Richard Quine, Maidel Turner, Otis Harlan, George MacQuarrie, Mario Margutti, William Black, Ralph Celmar, Roderick Krida.
Three scientists are attempting to develop a life-giving fluid that can restore the dead. Scientist John Kendrick (Stevens), discovers that his young son's, (Breakston), dog Scooter has been seized by the local dogcatcher, (Fields), and gassed. Scooter's body is rushed to hospital where Kendrick's former associate Robert E. Cornish (himself), revitalises the dog.

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A badly made and completely uninteresting film that deserves its ongoing obscurity.
Footage showing Robert E. Cornish, a young scientist apparently restoring life to a dead dog at the University of Southern California in May 1934, was filmed for posterity by director Eugene Frenke, who struck a deal with Universal to split costs and profits on the production. Thus, LIFE RETURNS was built around this single sequence.
The film was re-released in America by Scienart Pictures in 1938, but the film received a ban in Britain on the basis of bad taste.

LIFE WITHOUT SOUL (1915/Ocean Film Corp.) 70mins. (5 reels). BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Colonel Joseph W. Smiley; Prod: John I. Dudley; Adapted: Jesse S. Goldburg. From "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley.
Cast: Percy Darrell Standing, William A. Cohill, Jack Hopkins, Lucy Cotton, Pauline Curley, George DeCarleton, David McCauley.
"A dramatic masterpiece, pulsating with heart interest, interwoven with a love tale of sacrificial devotion!"
Dr. William Frawley, (Cohill), gives life to his creation named 'The Brute Man' (Standing), who disobeys his command, and kills Frawley's sister. The doctor persues the monster across Europe who attacks the entire crew of a schooner, flinging the men overboard, only to be shot by Frawley and die in a cave while the doctor dies of exhaustion.
A fairly literal second adaptation of Shelley's novel. The monster meets his demise in a cave when a mountain blows up.
Typical of the period, the ending discounts the whole drama as a dream.
Unusually for the time, this was shot on location in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, New York and the Atlantic Ocean.
Standing's performance without makeup effectively portrays the creature's growing awareness of his isolation, even though the appearence of the monster is not as grotesque as in the later productions of the "Frankenstein" myth.
When this failed at the box office, Raver Film Corp. bought the film in 1916, tinted it, added scenes of blood cells reproducing and blood coursing through veins, but it still did not become the success the studio had hoped.

THE LIGHT WITHIN (1921) see Der Mude Tod

THE LIGHTNING WARRIOR (1931/Mascot Pictures) BW. Serial. 12 Episodes. US.
Credits: Dir: Armand Schaefer & Benjamin Kline; Prod: Nat Levine; Ph: Ernest Miller, William Nobels & Tom Galligan; Ed: Wyndham Gittens; Des: Ray Snyder Mus: Lee Zahler. From a story by Wyndham Gittens, Ford Beebe & Colbert Clark.
Cast: Frankie Darro, Hayden Stevenson, George Brent, Pat O'Malley, Georgia Hale, Theodore Lorch, Lafe McKee, Frank Brownlee, Bob Kortman, Dick Dickinson, Yakima Canutt, Frank Lanning, Helen Gibson, Kermit Maynard, Rin-Tin-Tin.
A cloaked madman, known as the Wolf Man, instigates an Indian uprising against a small mining town. Fighting against the madman is Jimmy Carter, (Darro), his father, (Stevenson), and their faithful dog Rin-Tin-Tin.
Mascot Pictures best serial, this western cliffhanger contains enough horror elements to please genre fans. Sadly this was the last film appearance of the Rin-Tin-Tin the wonder dog, who died shortly after completion at the age of 14.
This is the film debut of George Brent, a leading man on Broadway.

LILIOM (1930/Fox) BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank Borzage; Sc: S.N. Behrman & Sonya Levien; Ph: Chester Lyons.
Based on the play by Ferenc Molnar.
Cast: Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, Estelle Taylor, Lee Tracy, James Marcus, Walter Abel, Mildred Van Dorn, Bert Roach, H.B. Warner.
A wife-beating hoodlum dies, goes to purgatory, but is allowed to return to earth for one day to perform a single good deed.

LILIOM (1933/S.A.F. Fox Film) 12 reels. BW. France.
Credits: Dir: Fritz Lang; Prod: Erich Pommer; Sc: Fritz Lang, Robert Liebmann & Bernard Zimmer; Ph: Rudolph Mate & Louis Nee; Art: Paul Colin & Rene Renoux; Mus: Jean Lenoir & Franz Waxman. From the play by Ferenc Molnar.
Cast: Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Florelle, Robert Arnoux, Roland Toutain, Alexandre Rignault, Henri Richaud, Richard Darencet, Antonin Artaud, Raoul Marco, Alcover, Leon Arnel, Rene Stern, Maximilienne, Mimmi Funes, Viviane Romance, Mila Parely, Rosa Valetti, Lily Latte.
Liliom, (Boyer), commits suicide rather than fall into the hands of the police. Accompanied by two dark-clad figures, he descends to live in purgatory, until he's allowed to return to earth to perform one good deed.
Fritz Lang's last film made in Europe before his move to America to avoid the Nazi uprising.

LILITH UND LY (1919/Fiat Films) BW. Silent. Austria.
Credits: Dir: Erick Kober; Sc: Fritz Lang; Ph: Willy Hameister.
Cast: Elga Bell, Hans Marschall, Ernst Escherich, Franz Kammauf. Frank Landow, (Marschall), discovers how to create life through the mystical powers of a strange ruby, and endows a statue he has fallen in love with named Lilith with life. However, the statue's demon doppelganger image appears on a futuristic television screen, which steadily grows more powerful and almost drains the life from Landow and his new love Ly. Landow disposes of the magic ruby, and destroys his creation.
Lang weaves a script around the figure of Death again, but in a slightly different format.
Totentanz can be viewed as a companion piece to this film.

THE LIMPING MAN (1931) see Creeping Shadows

THE LION TONIC (1912/Cines) 1 reel. BW. Silent. Italy.
A chemist's drug causes his wife to grow and transforms a dog into a lion.

LIQUID ELECTRICITY (1907) BW. Silent. US.
Aka: THE INVENTOR'S GALVANIC FLUID.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: J. Stuart Blackton.
When a chemist sprays himself with a fluid he developed that is able to store electricity, all his movements are accelerated.
An early use of the undercranked camera technique that speeds up the action and was used to good effect in later silent comedies.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1901) see Le Petit Chaperon Rouge

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1907/Pathe) 5mins. BW. Silent. France.
From the childrens fairytale.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1911/Cricks & Martin) 1 reel. BW. Silent. UK.
Based on the childrens fairytale.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1911/Essanay) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Based on the childrens fairytale.
Cast: Eva Prout.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1911/Majestic) BW. Silent. US.
Based on the childrens fairytale.
Cast: Mary Pickford.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1917/Edison) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Based on the childrens fairytale.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
(1921/Blanton) 1 reel. BW. Silent.
Based on the childrens fairytale.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1922/Selznick) BW. Silent. US.
Based on the childrens fairytale.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1925/Century) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Based on the childrens fairytale.
Cast: Baby Peggy.
A little girl encounters a wolf on her way through a forest.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1929) see Le Petit Chaperon Rouge

THE LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE (1923/Arrow) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: John G. Adolfi; Sc: J.S. Hamilton; Ph: George F. Webber. From the play by Hal Reid.
A murderer is identified when his face is etched on a window pane by a bolt of lightning.

LITTLE SNOW WHITE (1910/Pathe) 2 reels. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: LITTLE SNOWDROP.
From the story by the Brothers Grimm.

LITTLE SNOWDROP (1910) see Little Snow White

LIVE MAN'S TOMB (1912/Italia) 4 reels. BW. Silent. Italy.
When a woman believes a man is dead she throws his body into a dungeon. When she sees him later she thinks she has seen a ghost.

THE LIVE MUMMY (1915/Pathe) 15mins. BW. Silent. UK.
A man poses as an Egyptian mummy in order to fool a scientist.

A LIVELY SKELETON (1910/London Cinematograph Co.) 270feet. BW. Silent. UK.
The suitor of a doctor's daughter uses a skeleton to scare her father's patients.

THE LIVING DEAD (1911/Gaumont) 14mins. BW. Silent.
The twin of a recently deceased countess, impersonates her and takes her place.

THE LIVING DEAD (1932) see Funf Geschicten

THE LIVING DEAD (1933) see The Scotland Yard Mystery

THE LIVING DEAD MAN (1923) see L'Inhumaine

THE LIVING GHOST (1942/Monogram) 61mins. BW. US.
Aka: A WALKING NIGHTMARE
Credits: Dir: William Beaudine; Prod: A.W. Hackel; Sc: Joseph Hoffman.

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Cast: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Minerva Urecal, Paul McVey, Norman Willis, J. Farrell MacDonald, Jan Wiley, Vera Gordon Lawrence Grant.
An unorthodox experiment creates a walking corpse that causes anyone it meets to suffer from paralysis of the brain. A detective tries to identify the unknown murderer in a house full of suspects.
A dated and slow moving comedy murder mystery.

LA LLORONA (1933/Eco Films) 73mins. BW. Mexico.
Aka: THE GHOST; THE CRYING WOMAN.
Credits: Dir: Ramon Peon; Prod: Juan Duque de Estrada; Sc: Guz Aguilla, Carlos Noriega Hope & Fernando de Fuentes; Ph: Guillermo Baqueriza.
Cast: Ramon Pereda, Virginia Zuri, Carlos Orellana, Adriana Lamar, Alberto Marti, Paco Martinez, Maria Luisa Zea, Conchita Gentil Arcos, Esperanza del Real.
Two stories framed by a birthday party that is interrupted by a murder and a kidnap attempt. The grandmother wearing a huge Aztec ring is about to knife a four-year-old boy when she is shot. Ana, (Lamar), an abandoned woman, kills herself and her illegitimate son while her faithful suitor, (Pereda), and her fickle lover Rodrigo, (Marti), fight a duel which is interrupted by the wailing visitation of Ana's ghost. A woman, (Zea), curses the Cortes family for taking away her four-year-old child. Eventually she becomes insane and kills herself, rising to the heavens as a wailing ghost.
Modelled on the structure of Griffith's INTOLERANCE, this utilises three historical scenarios to illustrate the Mexican tale of La Llorona. Shot with an eye f or visual artistry and a good use of ghostly superimpositions.
The same legend was later utilised in La Maldicion de la Llorona (1961).

THE LOBSTER NIGHTMARE (1910/Walturdaw) 495feet. BW. Silent. UK.
A man has a nightmare in which imps and a giant lobster torment him.

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LOCK YOUR DOORS
(1943) see The Ape Man

THE LODGER A Story of the London Fog (1926/Gainsborough) 88mins. (7,685 feet) BW. Silent. UK. Aka: THE CASE OF JONATHAN DREW (US).
Credits: Dir: Alfred Hitchcock; Prod: Michael Balcon; Sc: Eliot Stannard & Alfred Hitchcock; Ph: Baron Ventimiglia & Hal Young; Ed. & Titles: Ivor Montagu; Art: C. Wilfred Arnold & Bertram Evans. From "A Story Of The London Fog" by Marie Belloc Lowndes published 1911 in "McClures Magazine".
Cast: Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen, Arthur Chesney, Marie Ault, June, Alfred Hitchcock.
The quiet and reclusive lodger, (Novello), at Mr. and Mrs. Bunting's, (Chesney & Ault), London home could be the notorious murderer who kills only blonde women on Tuesday. A detective, (Keen), who is courting the couple's daughter, Daisy, (June), wants the man to be guilty as she has shown an interest in the lodger. However, his innocence is established when it is discovered that one of the killer's previous victims was the man's sister, and he is endeavoring to catch the murderer himself. An angry mob chase the lodger through the streets.
Although quite dated, and with a cheat ending imposed by the studio, the atmospheric, fog enshrouded sets and the creepy cast are a superb homage to German expressionism. Hitchcock's great potential in this, his third film, is plainly evident as he explores his now familiar "innocents in peril" theme.
This is the first time Hitchcock appeared in his own films as a bystander.
Remade in 1932.


 

 

 

 

 

 


THE LODGER
(1932/Twickenham) 84mins. BW. UK. Aka: THE PHANTOM FIEND (US).
Credits: Dir: Maurice Elvey; Prod: Julius Hagen; Sc: Ivor Novello, Miles Mander, Paul Rotha & H. Fowler Mear; Ph: Stanley Blythe & Basil Emmott. From the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes.
Cast: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A.W. Baskcomb, Jack Hawkins, Barbara Everest, Peter Gawthorne, P. Kynaston Reeves, Shayle Gardner, Drusilla Wills, Anthony Holles, George Merritt, Mollie Fisher, Andrea Malandrinos, Iris Ashley.
Mr. and Mrs. Bunting's lodger, (Novello), is suspected of being the notorious murderer, Jack the Ripper. Following an attack on their daughter Daisy, (Allan), the murderer is revealed to be the lodger's twin brother.
Novello repeats his role in this sound remake of the 1926 version that unfortunately lacks the tension that Hitchcock would have brought to this thriller.

THE LODGER (1944/TCF.) 84mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: John Brahm; Prod: Robert Bassler; Sc: Barre Lyndon; Ph: Lucien Ballard; Ed: J. Waton Webb; Des: James Baseri & John Ewing; Mus: Hugo W.Friedhofer.
From the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes.
Cast: Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood, Aubrey Mather, Queenie Leonard, Helena Pickard, Lumsden Hare, Frederick Worlock, Doris Lloyd, Olaf Hytten, Billy Bevan, Wilson Benge Cyril Delevanti, Skelton Knaggs.
In 1880 London, a mysterious lodger, (Cregar), in the Whitechapel area is suspected of being the notorious murderer Jack the Ripper.
A superb portrayal by Cregar in this third version of the famous novel with an excellent supporting cast in impressive Victorian, fog enshrouded sets.
Cregar died at the age of 28 after a crash diet ordered by the studio in preparation for his role in Hangover Square (1945).

LOLA (1916) see Without a Soul

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LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT
(1927/MGM.) 65mins. 5687 feet. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: THE HYPNOTIST.
Credits: Dir: Tod Browning; Prod: Irving G. Thalberg; Sc: Waldemar Young & Tod Browning; Ph: Merritt B. Gerstad & Wallace Chewning ; Ed: Harry Reynolds; Art: Cedric Gibbons & Arnold Gillespie; Titles: Joseph W. Farnham. From a story by Tod Browning.
Cast: Lon Chaney, Conrad Nagel, Edna Tichenor, Percy Williams, Henry B. Walthall, Marceline Day, Polly Moran, Claude King, Andy McLennan, Jules Cowles.
In rural England, Scotland Yard's Inspector Burke, (Chaney), investigates the five year old murder of Roger Balfour. Believing that under hypnosis, a criminal will recreate his crime, he puts his theory to the test by disguising himself as a hideous vampire and hypnotising the suspect into believing that the creature is after him.
To date no surviving prints seem to have surfaced and it is feared that this may be lost forever.
Chaney's characterisation of the vampire, alternatively known as "The Man in the Beaver Hat" and based on Werner Krauss' portrayal of Caligari in The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, has endured as one of the most vivid images of the famous actor's expertise.
Of the ten Chaney-Browning collaborations, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT was the most profitable, released two months after the play "Dracula" had proved to be a Broadway success.
LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT has since been recontructed in a book displaying what remains of stills and press releases.
Remade by MGM. as Mark of the Vampire in 1935 with Bela Lugosi and Lionel Barrymore sharing Chaney's dual role.

LOONIES ON BROADWAY (1945) see Zombies on Broadway

LORD ARTHUR SAVILLE'S CRIME (1921) see Crime de Lord Arthur Saville

LORD FEATHERTOP (1908/Edison) BW. Silent. US.
From a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
A witch endows a scarecrow with life.

LOST ATLANTIS (1932) see L'Atlantide

THE LOST CITY (1935/Regal Pictures/Super Serial Prod.) BW. Serial. 12 episodes. US.
Credits: Dir: Harry C. Revier; Prod: Sherman S. Krellberg; Sc: Perley Poore Sheehan, Eddie Graneman & Leon D'Usseau; Ph: Eddie Linde n & Roland C. Price; Ed: Holbrook N. Todd; Art: Ralph Berger; Sfx: Norman Dawn; Electrical Fx: Kenneth Strickfaden; Mus: Lee Zahler. From a story by Zelma Carroll, George M. Merrick & Robert Dillon.
Cast: Kane Richmond, William "Stage" Boyd, Claudia Dell , George "Gabby" Hayes, Josef Swickard, Ralph Lewis, William Bletcher, Eddie Featherstone, Milburn Morante, Margo D'Use, Jerry Frank, William Millman, Gino Corrado, Sam Baker, Everett Brown, Henry Hall, Curly Dresden...
"...and a cast of more than 500 featured players!"
When electrical disturbances threaten to disrupt the world, engineer Bruce Gordon, (Richmond), uses his invention to trace the source of the storms which seem to eminate from the strange "Magnetic Mountain" in Central Africa. There a wizard named Zolok, (Boyd), with his assistant, a hunchbacked dwarf named Gorzo, (Bletcher), holds Dr. Manyus, (Swickard) and his daughter Natcha, (Dell), prisoner in order to perfect an earthquake making machine to further his plans for world domination.
A frenetic and highly entertaining serial that also features a mad scientist, the lost city of Liguria ruled by a ruthless jungle queen, a race of Spider-Men, giant zombies and numerous jungle beasts.
Later re-edited and issued as a 74 minute feature titled CITY OF THE LOST MEN.
A novelisation was issued in 1935, and a comic book adaptation appeared during the 1940's.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE LOST CITY OF THE JUNGLE
(1946/Universal) BW. Serial. 13 episodes. US.
Credits: Dir: Ray Taylor & Lewis D. Collins.
Cast: Russell Hayden, Jane Adams, Lionel Atwill, Keye Luke, John Miljan, Helen Bennett, John Eldredge.
Warmonger, Sir Eric Hazarias, (Atwill), hopes to start another world war when he discovers "Meteorium 245", a metal antidote to the blast of an atom bomb, inside the tomb of an African Glowing Goddess, but when the chest is opened the evil element within devours everyone around it. An early inspiration for the later "Indiana Jones" films.
Lionel Atwill died during filming.

LOST HORIZON (1937/Columbia) 132mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Frank Capra; Sc: Robert Riskin (uncredited: Sidney Buchman, Myles Connolly & Herbert J. Biberman); Ph: Joseph Walker; Ed: Gene Havlick; Art: Stephen Goosson; Mus: Dimitri Tiomkin. From the novel by James Hilton.
Cast: Ronald Coleman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo, Isabel Jewell, H.B. Warner, Sam Jaffe, Noble Johnson.
Conway, (Coleman), travels to the far East to help evacuate Western nationals from attacks by Chinese bandits, but their plane is hi-ja cked and forced to land in the Tibetan snowy wastes. The group of people are eventually rescued and taken to Shangri-La in the sheltered valley of the Blue Moon where there is no evil, no war, no rain or sickness. The 200 year old High Lama, (Jaffe), know s that he is dying and chooses Conway to take his place. Conway's brother is anxious to return to "civilisation" and convinces Conway to leave with him. However, Conway spends the following years in torment, trying to locate and return to the mythical city.
A delightful and expertly made fantasy with convincing performances from the stars and a superb script. Tiomkin's good score perfectly complements this classic film.
Stephen Goosson received an Academy Award, while H.B. Warner, Dimitri Tiomkin and the film received nominations.
Columbia found themselves with a severe cash crisis after spending a massive $2,626,620 on the film.
A 1942 re-release titled LOST HORIZON OF SHANGRI-LA appeared with 10 minutes of cuts updating the plot to include the Sino-Japanese war of 1937.
1952's reissue was cut even further to 92 minutes, but restoration in 1973 only partially managed to restore the print with the use of stills over the completed soundtrack.
Badly remade in 1972 as a musical.

LOST ISLAND (1934/Christie) Colour. US. ABANDONED.
Credits: Dir: LeRoy Prinz; Prod Man: Orville Goldner & William Morgan; Ph: Ray Rennahan; Sets: Juan Larrinaga & Harry Barclay; Animation: Blanding Sloan, Wah Ming Chang, Mickey O'Rourke & Charles Cristadoro.
Cast: Charles Gemora.
Intended as a musical-comedy version of King Kong, one of the first live-action short films to use the new Technicolor three-colour process. Marionettes were constructed to portray the "human" actors, including Mae West and Groucho Marx, whilst the monsters featured were to be actors in costume. Kong was portrayed by Charles Gemora in an ape suit.
The project was abandoned due to the expensive Technicolor system that exhausted all the finances available.

LOST PLANET AIRMEN (1949) see King of the Rocketmen

THE LOST SHADOW (1921) see Der Verlorene Schatten

THE LOST SOUL; OR, THE DANGERS OF HYPNOSIS (1923)
see Das Verlorene Ich; Gefahren der Hypnose

THE LOST VOLCANO (1950/Monogram) BW.
Cast: Johnny Sheffield, Donald Woods, Tommy Ivo, Mary Lord.
Bomba, (Sheffield), the jungle boy attempts to rescue a small boy from diamond hunters who have kidnapped him to lead them to a diamond mine in an unexplored part of the jungle inhabited by giant lizards.
A mediochre jungle adventure with the footage of the lizards borrowed from One Million BC.

THE LOST WHIRL (1928/Bray) 15mins. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Glen Lambert; Sc: Glen Lambert & Frank Terry; Model Animation: J.L. Roop.
A short comedy parodying First National's THE LOST WORLD 1925, complete with an animated dinosaur.

THE LOST WORLD (1925/First National) 55mins. 10 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Harry O. Hoyt; Prod: Watterson R. Rothacker; Prod Manager: Earl Hudson; Sc: Marion Faiefax; Ph: Arthur Edeson, J. Devereaux Jennings & Homer Scott; Ed: George McGuire; Art: Ralph Hammeras; Sets: Milton Menasco; Tech: Willis H. O'Brien, Fred W. Jackman, Marcel Delgado & Vernon L. Walker; Model Sculptures: Marcel Delgado; Mu: Cecil Holland. From a novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Cast: Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughs, Arthur Hoyt, Margaret McWade, Finch Smiles, Jules Cowles, Bull Montana, George Bunny, Charles Wellesley, Alma Bennett, Virginia Browne Faire, Nelson MacDowell, Jocko the monkey.
"Mighty prehistorc monsters clash with modern lovers in a most remarkable story of love, romance and amazing adventure!"
An expedition, led by Professor Challenger, (Beery), and consisting of Paula White, (Love), Sir John Roxton, (Stone), a big-game hunter, Professor Summerlee, ( Hoyt), London newspaperman Ed Malone (Hughes), and servants Austin and Zambo, (Smiles & Cowles), are on a plateau in Brasil searching for Paula White's missing scientist father Maple White, who is believed to have discovered a lost world. They find a massive chasm that leads them to the prehistoric land and an encounter with two fighting dinosaurs. The allusaurus forces the brontosaurus over the edge of the chasm and Challenger's team captures the still living dinosaur and a pteradactyl then ship the creat ures back to London. There the brontosaurus escapes, marauds through the city, destroys the Tower Bridge and then swims out to sea.
The visual and imaginative ideas nicely complement the dinosaurs and the stirring romance.
Highlights of the film include the wonderful monster effects that were among the first to put live actors and dinosaur models in the same frame, paving the way for techniques O'Brien later used in King Kong. The most accomplished scene is of a dinosaur stampede during a volcanic eruption.
The original 35mm ten reel print was unfortunately burnt in a fire at Universal studios, so only the 5 reels of 16mm material remains in existence.

LE LOUP DES MALVENEUR (1942/Union Technique Cinematographique) BW. France.
Credits: Dir: Guillaume Radot.
Cast: Madeleine Sologne, Pierre Renoir, Gabrielle Dorziat, Michel Marsay, Marcelle Geniat, Louis Salou.
The last of his line, Reginald de Malveneur retells the legend of his ancestor, the first lord of Malveneur, who wanted to use wolves for hunting. The victim of a curse, he became a lycanthrope and was locked away in his cellar laboratory.

LE LOUP GAROU (1923-24/Pathe) BW. Silent. France. Aka: THE WEREWOLF.
Credits: Dir: Pierre Bressol & Jacques Roullet.
Cast: Leon Bernard, Jean Marau, Simone Jacquemin, Jeanne Delvair, Madeleine Guitty, Pierre Juvenet.
A priest's murderer becomes a werewolf when cursed by his victim, only to be killed by a bolt of lightening.

LE LOUP GAROU (1932) BW. Germany.
Credits: Dir: Friedrich Feher. From the novel "Der Schwarze Mann" by Alfred Machard.
Cast: Magda Sonja, Vladimir Sokoloff.
An escaped convict explains to his young son that he is always on the run because a werewolf is chasing him.

THE LOVE DOCTOR (1917/Vitagraph) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Paul Scardon; Sc: Louis Garfinkle.
From the story "Hashashin, the Indifferent" by George P. Dillenback.
Cast: Earle Williams, Corinne Griffith, Patsy De Forest, Adele De Garde, Webster Campbell, Euart Overton.
A doctor transfers the brain cells of a young woman in love with him into the girl he really loves.

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LOVE FROM A STRANGER
(1937)

LOVE FROM OUT OF THE GRAVE (1913/Film d'Art) 25mins. BW. Silent. France.
An artist is haunted by the ghost of his wife's lover.

THE LOVE OF A HUNCHBACK (1910/Empire/Butcher Films) 540 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
An unofficial remake of the 1906 French film Esmeralda.

THE LOVE OF A SIREN (1911/Cines) Italy.
A boy is lured to his death by a siren's spell.

LOVE TAKES HIS VENGEANCE (1913) see Strasnaja Mest

LOVE WITHOUT QUESTION (1920/Jans/Rolfe) 7 reels.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: B.A. Rolfe; Sc: Violet Clark.
From the novel 'The Abandoned Room' by C. Wadsworth Camp.
Cast: Olive Tell, James W. Morrison, Mario Marjaroni, Ivo Dawson, Charles McKay, George S. Stevens.
A man is killed in a haunted room.

LUCHI SMERTI (1925) BW. Silent. Russia. Aka: THE DEATH RAY.
Credits: Dir: Vsevolod Pudovkin & Lev Kuleshov; Sc: Vsevolod Pudovkin.
Cast: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Porfiri Podobed, Sergei Komarov.
When workers rebel, a fascist force is called in to defeat the ringleaders and end the rebellion. The workers' only hope is to obtain a death ray created by a kindly scientist, (Komarov).
This was so unsuccessful that the cooperative responsible for production led by Lev Kuleshov, disbanded.

LUKE'S DOUBLE (1916/Pathe) BW. Silent.
A man who falls asleep while reading "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" dreams that he is being tormented by an evil twin.

LULU (1929) see Die Busche der Pandora

THE LUNATICS (1912) see Le Systeme du Docteur Gaudron du Professor Plume

LUNATICS IN POWER (1909/Edison) BW. Silent. US.
From "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether" by Edgar Allan Poe.
A mental hospital is overrun and managed by the inmates.
This comedy eliminated all the horrific elements from the source material.

LA LUNE A UN METRE (1898/Star Films) 195 feet. Hand coloured. Silent. France.
Aka: L'HOMME DANS LA LUNE; THE MAN IN THE MOON; THE ASTRONOMER'S DREAM.
Credits: Georges Méliès.

An astronomer dreams that he ascends to the moon on a rope ladder, and the moon swallows a telescope.
Melies adapted the stageplay "The Moon's Pranks, Or The Misadventures Of Nostradamus" performed at the Robert-Houdin theatre and predated his own La Voyage dans la Lune (1902).
Melies produced this and hundreds of other short films in his own studio which would have most likely become milestones of cinema history, but for the French army who confiscated almost all of them and melted them down to make boot heels for their soldiers.

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LURED
(1947/UA./Oakmont) BW. Aka: PERSONAL COLUMN.
Credits: Dir: Douglas Sirk; Prod: James Nasser; Ex.Prod: Hunt Stromberg; A.Prod: Henry S. Kesler; Sc: Leo Rosten; Ph: William Daniels; Ed: John M. Foley & James E. Newcom. Art: Nicolai Remisoff; Mus: Michel Michelet; Mus.Dir: David Chudnow. From a story by Jacques Companeez, Ernest Neuville and Simon Gentillon.
Cast: George Sanders, Charles Coburn, Lucille Ball, Boris Karloff, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, George Zucco, Alan Mowbray, Joseph Calleia, Tanis Chandler, Allan Napier, Robert Coote.
A homicidal maniac lures his intended female victims through personal ads in the newspaper. A girl, (Ball), turns detective to track the murderer.
An enjoyable mystery with a good cast.

LURED BY A PHANTOM (1910) see Le Roi de Thule

 

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