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NABESHIMA KAIBYODEN
(1949/Shin Toho) BW. Japan.
Credits: Dir: Kunio Watanabe.
Cast: Denjiro Okochi, Michiyo, Kogure.
A mystical fantasy based on the legend of the spectral cat-woman of Nabeshima.
Remade in 1969 as Hiroku Kaibyoden.

NABONGA (1944/Producers Releasing Co.) 75mins. BW. US.
Aka: GORILLA; THE GIRL AND THE GORILLA; THE JUNGLE WOMAN (UK).
Credits: Dir: Sam Newfield; Prod: Sigmund Neufeld; Sc: Fred Myton.
Cast: Buster Crabbe, Julie London, Barton MacLane, Fifi D'Orsay, Bryant Washburn, J. Carrol Naish.
"She thought she was Nabonga's daughter until she saw her first white man, the voice of love told her DIFFERENT!"
A woman, (London), stranded in the jungle following a plane crash, befriends an ape named Nabonga, but when she falls in love with a big game hunter, (Crabbe), she has to convince Nabonga that he is friendly. Together the unlikely trio defeat some villains.
A cheap and laughable gorilla jungle adventure.
The apesuit appeared again in White Pongo a year later.

DIE NACHT DER ERKENNTNIS (1922) see Schatten


NACHTE DES GRAUENS
(1916) BW. Silent. Germany.
Aka: NIGHT OF TERROR; A NIGHT OF HORROR; A NIGHT OF HORROR IN THE MENAGERIE.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Robison.
Cast: Werner Krauss, Emil Jannings, Lupu Pick.
Features strange vampire-like people.

NACHTSGESTALTEN (1920/Oswald Film) 106mins. BW. Silent. Germany.
Aka: ELEAGABLE KUPERUS.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Richard Oswald; Ph: Carl Hoffmann; Art: Hans Dreier.
Based on "Eleagable Kuperus" by Karl Hans Strobl.

Cast: Paul Wegener, Conrad Veidt, Erna Morena, Anita Berber, Reinhold Schunzel, Erik Charell, Theodor Loos.
Author Karl Hans Strobl was Austria's leading author of horror stories in the tradition of Poe.
Little is known concerning the plot of this film, but actor Erik Charell appeared in the role of a gorilla.

NAIDRA, THE DREAM WORKER (1914/Edison) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
A thief steals a mummy's necklace only to find that he can't get rid of it.

NAN IN FAIRYLAND (1912/Cricks & Martin) 2 reels. BW. Silent. UK.
A giant's children decide to eat a small girl for dinner.

NATURE'S FAKIRS (1907/Kalem) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A huge chicken-like beast called a Dingbat attacks a professor and his assistant.

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NATURE'S MISTAKES
(1932) see Freaks

NEAL OF THE NAVY (1915/Pathe) BW. Silent. Serial. 14 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: W.M. Harvey.
Cast: Lillian Lorraine, William Conklin, William Courtleigh Jnr., Ed Brady.
Features a beastial apeman.

NECKLACE OF THE DEAD (1910/Nordisk) 17mins. BW. Silent. Denmark.
A girl is almost buried alive.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHHAUSEN (1915/Kent Films) 995 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: F. Martin Thornton.
An early trick effects film of the famous Baron's exploits.

THE NEW JONAH (1909/Pathe) 7mins. BW. Silent.
Features a huge, scaly, web-footed monster.

THE NEW WIZARD OF OZ (1914) see His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz

THE NEWSBOY'S CHRISTMAS DREAM (1913/Cricks & Martin) 3 reels. BW. Silent. UK.
A flame breathing prehistoric monster appears in a boy's dream.

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THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR
(1950/MGM.) 83mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William A Wellman; Prod: Dore Schary; Sc: Charles Schnee; Ph: William Mellor; Mus: David Raskin.
Cast: James Whitmore, Nancy Davis, Gary Gray, Lillian Bronson, Art Smith, Jeff Corey.
The contented life of Joe, (Whitmore), and Mary Smith, (Davis), is shaken when they hear what seems to be God's voice coming from their radio.
An interesting film with a message is too slow to develop while trying to demonstarte the impact the event has on smalltown America.
Schary wrote a book concerning the film entitled "Case History of a Movie".

DIE NIBELUNGEN (1923-24/UFA./Decla-Bioscop) BW. Silent. Germany.
Released as two seperate films.
Credits: Dir: Fritz Lang; Prod: Erich Pommer; Sc: Fritz Lang & Thea Von Harbou; Ph: Carl Hoffman & Gunther Rittau; Art: Otto Hunte, Erich Kettlehut & Carl Vollbrecht; Animation: Walter Ruttmann; Glass shots: Eugen Schufftan; Mu: Otto Genath; Cost: Paul Gerd Guderian & Anne Willkomm; Mus: Gottfried Huppertz. From a 13th century German legend inspired by the paintings of Arnold Bucklin and Norse Sagas.
Cast: Paul Richter, Margarete Schon, Hanna Ralph, Theodor Loos, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Georg August Toch, Bernhard Goetzke, Hans Adalbert Von Schlettow, Georg John, Gertrude Arnold, Hanna Ralph, Rudolph Rittner, Fritz Albert, Hans Carl Muller, Edwin Biswanger, Hardy Von Francois, Frieda Richard, Georg Jurowski, Iris Roberts, Grete Berger, Fritz Alberti, Rose Lichtenstein.
Siegfrieds Tod (1923) 3216 metres. 115mins. Aka: SIEGFRIED.
In a Wagnerian world, a brave warrior named Siegfried, (Richter), slays Fafner the dragon and bathes in the blood of the creature to make himself invunerable to harm, but one spot on his back is accidentally covered with a leaf and recieves no magical protection. When he falls in love with Kriemilde, (Schon), the sister of the King of the Burgundians he has to persuade Queen Brunhilde of Issland, (Ralph), to marry King Gunther, (Loos), in order for him to consent to his sister's marriage. However, King Gunther's liegeman, Hagen Tronje, (Schlettow), discovers the secret of Siegfried's weak spot and prepares to kill him.

Kriemhild's Rache (1924) 3576 metres. 125mins. Aka: KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE.
In central Europe during the 5th. century, after Siegfried's death, Kriemhilde is now Queen and has chosen as her husband Etzel, King of the Huns, (Klein-Rogge), sometimes known as Attila, the scourge of Europe. The bloodthirsty Queen orders the massacre of her brothers and the death of Hagen Tronje at the cost of many lives, but when Etzel lear ns of the death of such a fine warrior he ensures that Kriemhilde is also put to death.
With unlimited resources at his disposal, Lang transformed war like legends into a celebration of the German nation in an awe inspiring film utilising enormous symmetrical architecture built entirely in the studio to match the stature of the epic heroes.
The second part, Kremhilde's Revenge is filmed much more dynamically in comparison to Siegfried's Death.
Adolph Hitler and Josef Goebbals claimed that this was one of his favourite films, dark-complexioned men who saw themselves as blonde heroes of a heroic race.
During production UFA. merged with Decla Bioscop.
During the period from 1925 to 1933 UFA released shortened versions of the films to the foreign market, all unauthorised by the director.

THE NIGHT COMES TOO SOON
(1947)

THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (1948/Paramount) 80mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: John Farrow; Prod: Andre Boehm; Sc: Barre Lyndon & Johnathan Latimer; Ph: John F. Seitz; Ed: Eda Warren; Des: Hans Dreier & Franz Bachelin; Mus: Victor Young.
From novel by Cornell Woolrich.
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund, Virginia Bruce, Onslow Stevens, William Demarest, John Alexander, Richard Webb, Jerome Cowan.
"Was his strange power a blessing or a curse? He was a refugee from love - because he could foretell that their marriage and their kisses would dissolve in a tradegy of tears!"
"I had become a reverse zombie; the world was dead and I was living!"

 

 

 

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A vaudeville mentalist, (Robinson), discovers he really does have the power to predict the future and causes a woman, (Russell), to commit s uicide when he tells her that she will suffer a violent death in a few days. Despite his abilities, the mentalist is powerless to avoid the doom he envisages.
A remake of The Clairvoyant, expertly handled and providing plenty of taut suspense.

THE NIGHT HAS EYES (1942)

A NIGHT IN THE CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1914/Eclair) 15mins. BW. Silent.
Another figure is added to a wax museum's chamber of horrors.
A Grand Guignol drama.

NIGHT KEY (1937/Universal) 67mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Lloyd Corrigan; Prod. Robert Presnell; Sc: Tristram Tupper & John C. Moffitt; Ph: George Robinson; Ed: Otis Garrett; Art: Jack Otterson & Loren Patrick; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Mus: Lou Forbes. From a story by William Pierce.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Ward Bond, Jean Rogers, J. Warren Hull, Hobart Cavanaugh, Samuel S. Hinds, Edwin Maxwell, Alan Baxter, David Oliver, Ward Bond, Frank Reicher, George Humbert, Charles Wilson, Michael Fitzmaurice, George Cleveland, Emmett Vogan, Charlie Sherlock, Ethan Laidlaw, Monte Montague, Jack Cheatham, George Magrill, Frank Hagney, Ralph Dunn, Henry Rocquemore, Roy Barcroft, Ruth Fallows, Hal Cooke, Tom Hanlon, Nina Campana, Charlie Sullivan, Johnnie Morris.
Dr. David Mallory, (Karloff), the inventor of a burglar alarm, develops The Key to overide the alarm system he installed for Steven Ranger, (Hinds), who stole the patent for his invention. For revenge Mallory teams up with Petty Louie, (Cavanaugh), a small time burglar, to commit a series of break-ins, but a group of gangsters hear about The Key and kidnap Mallory's daughter Joan, (Rogers), to try and persuade him to give it to them. Mallory pretends to co-operate with the crime syndicate so that he has time to build a death ray and kill the mobsters.
A standard melodrama with only marginal science-fiction elements made at a time when there were restrictions on horror films imported from America to the British Empire, particulary from the new ownership of Universal, whose films were being met with a ban.

THE NIGHT MONSTER (1942/Universal) 73mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY (UK).
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Ford Beebe; A.Prod: Donald H. Brown; Sc: Clarence Upson Young; Ph: Charles Van Enger; Ed: Milton Carruth; Art: John B. Goodman & Richard H. Riedel; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Andrew J. Gilmore; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Tech: Richard Pritchard; Mus: Hans J. Salter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast: Lionel Atwill, Ralph Morgan, Irene Hervey, Bela Lugosi, Don Porter, Nils Asther, Leif Erickson, Fay Helm, Frank Reicher, Doris Lloyd, Janet Shaw, Francis Pierlot, Robert Homans, Eddy Waller, Cyril Delevanti.
Dr. King, (Atwill), Dr. Timmons, (Reicher), and Dr. Phipps, (Pierlot), arrive at the isolated country estate of Ingston Towers, three physicians who contributed to a double amputation operation that left Kurt Ingston, (Morgan), with no legs. Among the other occupants of the creepy mansion is the mysterious Agor Singh, (Asther), who demonstrates to Ingston how he can grow new tissues at will through an understanding of the nature of cosmic substance. Ingston uses this aquired knowledge to grow temporary legs, stalk the spooky marshes at Pollard Slough and wreak revenge on the doctors.
One of Universal's more gruesome whodunnits that played at the bottom of a double-bill with The Mummy's Tomb.
This is Ford Beebe's first feature production after his promotion from directing serials.
Lugosi appears as Rolf the butler.

NIGHT MUST FALL (1937/MGM.) 117mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Richard Thorpe; Prod: Hunt Stromberg; Sc: John Van Druten; Ph: Ray June; Mus: Edward Ward. From play by Emlyn Williams.
Cast: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, May Whitty, Alan Marshall, Merle Tottenham, Kathleen Harrison, E.E. Clive, Matthew Boulton, Beryl Mercer.
An unassuming bellboy is actually a psychopathic killer who carries a head with him in a hat box. The boy attatches himself to a wealthy old lady, but a young woman, (Russell), discovers his identity and recognises him as the murderer plaguing the countryside.
Overlong and sometimes quite dull, but the good cast and the well written source material overcomes some of the tedium.
Louis B. Mayer so disliked the film that he distributed leaflets disowning the film on behalf of MGM.
Robert Montgomery and Dame May Whitty recieved Academy Award Nominations.

A NIGHT OF HORROR (1916) see Nachte des Grauens

A NIGHT OF HORROR IN THE MENAGERIE (1916) see  Nachte des Grauens

NIGHT OF TERROR (1916) see Nachte des Grauens

NIGHT OF TERROR (1933)

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A NIGHT OF THRILLS
(1914/Rex/Universal) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Joseph de Grasse.
Cast: Lon Chaney.
Lon Chaney makes one of his earliest screen appearences in this haunted house comedy.

NIGHT UNTO NIGHT (1947/Warner) 85mins. BW. US. Released 1949.
Credits: Dir: Don Siegel; Prod: Owen Crump; Sc: Kathryn Scola; Ph: Peverell Marley; Mus: Franz Waxman. From a novel by Philip Wylie.
Cast: Ronald Reagan, Viveca Lindfors, Rosemary de Camp, Broderick Crawford, Osa Massen, Craig Stevens, Erskine Sanford, Art Baker.
A dying epileptic scientist, (Reagan), falls in love with a mentally disturbed women, (Lindfors), who is haunted by the ghostly voice of her first husband.
A pretentious and badly scripted melodrama that sat on the shelf for two years.

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947/TCF.) 112mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edmund Goulding; Prod: George Jessel; Sc: Jules Furthman; Ph: Lee Garmes; Mus: Cyril Mockridge. From a novel by William Lindsay Gresham.
Cast: Tyrone Power, Coleen Gray, Joan Blondell, Taylor Holmes, Helen Walker, Mike Mazurki, Ian Keith, Julia Dean.
A fairground barker, (Power), becomes a phoney mind reader invoking the powers of the supernatural, but he is ultimately led to the depths of depravity by taking a job as a circus freak that bites the heads off chickens.

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A moody and hypnotic study of a man's downfall set in a carnival atmosphere reminiscent of Freaks with some Hitchcockian touches.
Unusual for the time and still interesting.

THE NINTH GUEST (1934/Columbia) 65mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Roy William Neill; Sc: Garnett Weston.
Based on the play by Owen Davis and the novel by Gwen Bristow.
Cast: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright, Edward Ellis, Edwin Maxwell, Vince Barnett, Samuel S. Hinds.
An unseen host to eight guests at a mysterious penthouse apartment warns them that they will all die one by one.
An uninteresting thriller that predates Agatha Christie's famous novel "And Then There Were None".
Re-made in 1939 as The Man They Could Not Hang.

NO TRESPASSING (1947) see The Red House

NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF HORROR (1922)
see Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie des Grauens



NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS
(1922/Prana Films) 95mins. (6454 feet). Tinted. Silent. Germany. Aka: NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF HORROR.
Credits: Dir: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau; Sc: Henrik Galeen; Ph: Fritz Arno Wagner; Ed: Symon Gould; Art: Albin Grau; Lighting: Fritz Arno Wagner & Gunther Krampf; Mus: Hans Erdmann. Based unofficially on Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
Cast: Max Schreck, Grete Schroder, Alexander Granach, Gustav Von Waggenheim, George Heirich Schell, Ruth Landshoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Botz, Hardy Von Francois, Max Nemetz, Guido Herzfeld, Wolfgang Heinz, Albert Venohr, Heinrich Witte.
Estate agent Jonathan Hutter, (Waggenheim), lives in Bremen with his young wife Ellen, (Schroder), when his employer Knock, (Granach), recieves a letter from a Graf Orlok, (Schreck), who wishes to buy a property in Bremen. Hutter travels to Transylvania to meet the count at his crumbling castle who invites him to stay overnight, but in the morning Hutter discovers two puncture wounds on his neck. In Bremen the following night Ellen experiences a strange dream concerning her husband who has become the vampire count's slave and are journeying on the ship "Empusa" to Bremen accompanied by Orlok's coffin and a hoard of plague carrying rats. After their arrival Ellen realises the danger her husband is in and sacrifices herself to Count Orlok to keep him in her room until the morning sunlight can destroy the vampire.
An impressive masterpiece with underlying themes of sex and death, told in unparalleled visual artistry, particularly in the ending whereupon Nina shows her understanding of the darker side of sexuality by giving herself to the vampire to destroy his evil.
An illegal adaptation of Stoker's novel for which Murnau told scriptwriter Galeen to make the necessary changes to ensure that royalties need not be paid. Ultimately, however, Stoker's widow, Florence in 1925 was able to have the film destroyed. Film pirates made sure a few copies survived the court's directive with some of them already in distribution in America.
Fimed quickly and cheaply around Murnau's native Westphalia and the Baltic coast, this remains the classic vampire film that in many ways was ahead of its time with horrific make up, a superb use of light and shadow and a truely sinister performance by Schreck that remains impressive to this day.
One plot flaw lies in Murnau's mistaken belief that by speeding up some shots they appear more dreamlike. Today filmakers and audiences alike expect slow motion, among other devices, to convey the effect of otherworldly eeriness.

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Max Shreck was a veteran of the stage and appeared in forty films before his death in 1936. His only other horror film appearence is in Paul Wegener's Ramper der Tiermensch (1928).
Scenes that appear to show the vampire walking about during the day in monochrome prints were actually filmed with a blue tint intended to represent moonlight, but this is only apparant in the original colour tinted copies.
Several prints have varying running times.
A sound version was released as Der Zwolfte Stunde in 1930 by Deutsche Film, recruiting some of the original members of the cast and using some of the footage sold to them by NOSFERATU's producers.
1975 saw historian Enno Patalas reconstruct the film as close to Murnau's original conception as he could from copies he had traced in Europe. This version included the original tints.
Remade in 1979 as NOSFERATU, PHANTOM DER NACHT starring Klaus Kinski.

NOTRE DAME (1913/Patheplay) BW. Silent.
From the novel "Notre Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS (1911/Pathe/SCAGL) 45mins. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Albert Capellani. From "Notre Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo.
Cast: Henri Krauss, Stacia Napierkowska, Claude Garry, Renee Alexandre.
The kindly, but ugly bellringer, (Krauss), of Notre Dame cathederal falls in love with a gypsy girl, (Napierkowska), accused of witchcraft.
Filmed in three parts, this is the first feature length adaptation of the famous novel.

A NOVICE AT X-RAYS (1897) see Les Rayons Roentgen

UNE NUIT TERRIBLE (1896/Star Film) 65 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: A TERRIBLE NIGHT.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
A man in bed is understandably alarmed by the appearance of a giant beetle crawling across him. After attacking and killing the creature, he sees two others climbing his bedroom wall. Armed with a lighted candle, the man explodes them with the flame.
The earliest Melies film that still survives anticipates the monster films of the Fifties.

THE NURSEMAID'S DREAM (1908/Cecil Hepworth) 8mins. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Lewin Fitzhamon.
Cast: Gertie Potter.
A nurse dreams that the baby she is responsible for is chased by giants.

NURSIE AND KNIGHT (1912/Thanhouser) 17mins. BW. Silent. US.
A boy dreams that he slays a dragon.

THE NYMPH'S BATH (1909/Gaumont) 6mins. BW. Silent. France.
Ghosts are depicted.

NYOKA AND THE LOST SECRETS OF HIPPOCRATES (1942) see The Perils of Nyoka

NYOKA AND THE TIGERMEN (1942) see The Perils of Nyoka

 

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