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OBEAH
(1935) BW.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: F. Herrick.
Cast: Phillips H. Lord.
A voodoo curse is placed on a jungle explorer by a high priestess whose chants are only understood by monkeys.

OBSESSION (1948/Independent Soveriegn) 98mins. UK. Aka: THE HIDDEN ROOM (US).
Credits: Dir: Edward Dmytryk; Prod: Nat A. Bronsten; Sc: Alec Coppel; Ph: C.M. Pennington-Richards & Robert Day; Ed: Lilo Carruthers; Mus: Nino Rota.
From the play "A Man About a Dog" by Alec Coppel.
Cast: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Naunton Wayne, Phil Brown, Olga Lindo, Ronald Adam, James Harcourt, Allan Jeayes, Russell Waters, Michael Balfour, Betty Cooper, Roddy Hughes, Stanley Baker, Lyonel Watts, Monty the dog.
Incensed by his wife's, (Gray), continual flirtations, Doctor Riordan, (Newton), decides to kidnap her present lover, (Brown), and chain him up in the cellar, keeping him alive until the investigation of his disappearence is over. While a Scotland Yard inspector, (Wayne), searches for the missing man, the insanely jealous husband prepares an acid bath for his victim, but the man's dog has picked up the scent and the police are led to the scene.
An effective thriller that creates plenty of tension with a good performance by Wayne.
Dmytryk's first British film after being blacklisted by the McCarthy witch-hunts in the United States.

THE OCCULT (1913/American/Flying A.) BW. Silent. US.
Features hypnotism.

OH, YOU SKELETON (1910/Selig Polyscope Co.) BW. Silent. US.
Skeletons chase a maid.

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932/Universal) 74mins. BW. US. Re-released in 1945.
Credits: Dir: James Whale; Prod: Carl Laemmle Jnr.; Sc: Ben W. Levy & R.C. Sherriff; Ph: Arthur Edeson; Ed: Maurice Pivar & Clarence Kolster; Art: Charles D. Hall; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Mus: Benhard Kaun.
From "Benighted" by J.B. Priestley.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, John Dudgeon (Elspeth Dudgeon), Raymond Massey, Ernest Thesiger, Gloria Stuart, Lilian Bond, Eva Moore, Melvyn Douglas, Brember Wills.

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Philip Waverton, (Massey), Margaret Waverton, (Stuart), and their friend Roger Penderel, (Douglas), take refuge from a terrible storm at an isolated farmhouse in Wales and find themselves guests of the strange Horace Femm, (Thesiger), the partly deaf Rebecca Femm, (Moore), and their mute butler Morgan, (Karloff). That night the travellers are joined by Sir William Porterhouse, (Laughton), and his chorus girl companion Gladys DuCane, (Bond), when the drunken butler releases Saul, (Wills), the insane son of the family from his locked room who attempts to murder the guests and burn the house down.
A delightful horror comedy with memorable lines and a grotesque atmosphere all of its own. The superb characterisations, the witty script and stylish direction conceals some of the plot flaws.
Along with Paul Leni's The Cat and the Canary (1927), this film remains the seminal old-dark-house mystery.

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This was thought to be a lost film until director Curtis Harrington, a friend of Whale during his later life, uncovered a neglected print in the Universal vaults during the late Sixties.

THE OLD SHOEMAKER (1909/Gaumont) 6mins. BW. Silent. France.
A murderer is driven insane by ghostly visions of his victim.

AN OLD-TIME NIGHTMARE (1911/Powers) BW. Silent. US.
A boy is menaced by giant birds.

ON BORROWED TIME (1939/MGM.) 98mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Hal S. Bucquet; Prod: Sidney Franklin; Sc: Alice Duer G. Miller, Frank O'Neill & Claudine West; Ph: Joseph Ruttenberg; Ed: George Boemler; Art: Cedric Gibbons; Mus: Franz Waxman. From a play by Paul Osbourne and the novel by Lawrence Edward Watkin.
Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Cedric Hardwicke, Beulah Bondi, Una Merkel, Henry Travers, Bobs Watson, Nat Pendleton, Ian Wolfe, Truman Bradley, Grant Mitchell, Eily Malyon, James Burke, Chris Waldron, Philip Terry.
"... faith still performs miracles and a good deed does find its just reward."
Those boys who try to steal Grandpa Northrop's apples from his apple tree find that they cannot get down unless Grandpa, (Barrymore), wishes it. When Death as Mr. Brink, (Hardwicke), claims a young boy's mother and father, Grandpa and Aunt Nelly look after the youngster until one day Death calims Aunt Nelly and an interfering relative decides to adopt the boy herself for the insurance money due to the youngster. Grandpa tries to raise his standing in the community to fight the adoption suit, but he becomes exhausted and Death pays him a visit only to be tricked up into the apple tree where Grandpa intends to keep him. Only Grandpa can hear Death's voice and slowly the townsfolk believe he is insane until they discover that no one can die while Death is in the tree. A doctor legally forces Northrop to let Death down allowing him time to explain to his young charge that he will be leaving. The boy runs off and is tempted by Mr. Brink to climb the apple tree, but the child breaks his legs and while screaming in pain Northrop allows Death to claim them both. Grandpa and the boy cross over to the light and Aunt Nelly.
An engaging sentimental fantasy that compares well with the works of the king of Americana sentiment, Frank Capra.

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ON TIME
(1924/Truart/Carlos Prod.) 6reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Henry Lehrman; Prod: Richard Talmadge; Sc: Garrett Fort; Ph: William Marshall; Ed. & Titles: Ralph Spence. From a story by Al Cohn.
Cast: Richard Talmadge, Billie Dove, Stuart Holmes, George Siegmann, Tom Wilson, Charles Clary, Douglas Gerard, Fred Kirby, Frankie Mann, John George.
Harry Willis, (Talmadge), promises his fiancee, (Dove), that he will make a fortune in six months. When he feels he has failed, a mysterious Chinaman offers him $10,000 if he follows his instructions for one day. Harry is whisked into a series of misadventures, including a crazed doctor's attempt to perform a brain transplant on him using a gorilla as the donor. The denoument reveals this to be a ruse to see if our hero is capable of becoming a big movie star and is given the $10,000 with a movie contract.
A flatly directed comedy without any flair or visual excitement.
Talmadge, a former stunt double for Douglas Fairbanks and Harold Lloyd among others, later became a stunt director.

ONCE IN A NEW MOON (1934/Fox British) 63mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Anthony Kimmins. From a novel by Owen Rutter.
Cast: Eliot Makeham, Rene Ray, Morten Selten, Wally Patch, John Clements, Derrick de Marney, Mary Hinton, Gerald Barry, Cecil Landau, Richard Boolden, H. Saxon Snell, John Turnbull, Ralph Howard, Vernon Kelso, Thorley Walters, Franklyn Kelsey, Walter Roy, Charles Paton, William Fazan.
An English village is hurled into space when a dead star collides with the moon. Civil war soon threatens the inhabitants of the new colony when the richer villagers begin to harrass the poorer ones. Eventually the village returns to Earth.
An intelligent fantasy film that in many ways was ahead of its time.

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ONE BODY TOO MANY
(1944/Pine-Thomas/Paramount) 74mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank McDonald; Prod: William Pine & Willam Thomas; Sc: Winston Miller & Maxwell Shane; Ph: Fred Jackman; Ed: Howard Smith & Henry Adams; Art: F. Paul Sylos; Sets: Ben Berk; Mus: Alexander Laszlo.
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Jack Haley, Fay Helm, Bela Lugosi, Jean Parker, Bernard Nedell, Blanche Yurka, Douglas Fowley, Dorothy Granger, Lyle Talbot, Lucien Littlefield, Jessica Newcombe, Maxine Fife, William Edmunds, George Zucco.
"Funniest Killer-Diller Chiller!"
An insurance salesman, (Haley), arrives at an eerie mansion to find that his prospective customer is dead. He tries to investigate the murder and at the same time guard the millionaire's corpse from scheming heirs until the will is read.
A charming "Old Dark House" mystery which had the potential to be much funnier than it is.
Lugosi appears as the butler Larchmont, the obligitory red-herring and recieved third billing.

ONE EXCITING NIGHT (1922/United Artists) 11 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: D.W. Griffith; Sc: Irene Sinclair (D.W. Griffith); Ph: Hendrick Sarton & Irving S. Ruby; Art: Charles M. Kirk; Sfx: Edward Scholl; Mus: Albert Pesce.
From a story by Irene Sinclair (D.W. Griffith).
Cast: Carol Dempster, Henry Hull, Morgan Wallace, Porter Strong, C.H. Crocker-King, Margaret Dale, Frank Sheridan, Frank Wunderlee, Grace Griswold, Irma Harrison, Herbert Sutch, Percy Carr, Charles Emmett Mack.
"...hilarious thriller with hidden safes, sliding panels, masked figures, revolving bookcases, guns, knives, hidden hands groping out of doorways, all...are present".
A young woman, (Dempster), is sought in marriage by a wealthy older man, (Wallace), who she dislikes, but has a hold over her adoptive mother. She meets a young man, (Hull), and falls in love, but they become embroiled with two murders, some hidden treasure and a sinister hooded figure lurking behind secret doors and hidden panels.
Made to try and profit from the vogue of the time for mystery thrillers, but this lacks menace and mood.
Griffith took the plot from "The Bat" a current Broadway hit.
An unfunny comedian in a blackface, (Strong), does nothing to help the film either.
Despite the poor quality of the film, it set the trend for a series of haunted-house comedies.

ONE FRIGHTENED NIGHT (1935/Mascot) 67mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Christy Cabanne ; Prod: George Yohalem; Ex.Prod: Nat Levine; Sc: Wellyn Totman; Ph: Ernest Miller & William Nobles; Ed: Joseph H. Lewis & Edward Curtiss; Sfx: Jack Coyle & Howard Lydecker; Horror Mask: Markoff; Mus: Arthur Kay. From a story Stuart Palmer.
Cast: Charles Grapewin, Mary Carlisle, Arthur Hohl, Evelyn Knapp, Wallace Ford, Hedda Hopper, Regis Toomey, Fred Kelsey, Clarence H. Wilson, Adrian Morris, Rafaela Ottiano, Lucien Littlefield.
"You'll gasp with terror...as you laugh with glee! While you're wondering who killed the first Doris Waverly...in the swellest "Who done it" ever filmed!"
Conniving relatives assemble at an eerie mansion at the request of Old Sir Jasper, (Grapewin), in the hope of inheriting the wealth of the aging millionaire who wants to give away his fortune to avoid a new inheritance tax. They stand to gain a fortune unless Sir Jasper's long lost grandaughter, Doris, can be found. One woman claiming to be Doris is found dead and a second claimant is terrorised by a shrouded appirition in a hideous mask.

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An entertaining, low budget Cat and the Canary clone.
One of the few features produced by Mascot who normally specialised in serials.

ONE GLORIOUS DAY (1922/Paramount) 56mins. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: SOULS BEFORE BIRTH.
Credits: Dir: James Cruze; Sc: A.B. Baringer & Walter Woods; Ph: Karl Brown.
Cast: Lila Lee, Will Rogers, Alan Hale Sr., John Fox, George Nichols, Emily Raft, Clarence Burton.
Kindly professor Ezra Botts is obsessed with spiritualism and manages to release his spirit from his body, but a new spirit named Eck (short for ectoplasm), enters his empty form, while his own spirit wanders aimlessly, searching for its owner.

ONE HOUR BEFORE DAWN (1920/Pathe) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Henry King. From the novel "Behind Red Curtains" by Mansfield Scott.
Cast: H.B. Warner.
While hypnotised a man commits murder one hour before the dawn.

ONE MILLION B.C. (1940/UA./Roach) 80mins. BW. US.
Aka: MAN AND HIS MATE (UK); THE CAVE DWELLERS; CAVE MAN.
Credits: Dir: Hal Roach & Hal Roach Jnr.; Prod: Hal Roach; A.Prod: D.W. Griffith (uncredited); Sc: Mickell Novak, George Baker, Grover Jones & Joseph Frickert; Ph: Norbert Brodine; Ed: Ray Snyder; Art: Charles D. Hall & Nicolai Remisoff; Sets: W.L. Stevens; Sfx: Roy Seawright & Frank Young; Mus: Werner R. Heymann. From the novel by Eugene Roche and "Mans Genesis" by D.W. Griffith.
Cast: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jnr., John Hubbard, Nigel de Brulier, Robert Kent, Conrad Nagel, Mamo Clark, Inez Palange, Edgar Edwards, Mary Gale, Jacqueline Dalya, Jean Porter, Sisher.
"The most exciting adventure in a million years!"
The prehistoric Rock People banish Tumak, (Mature), who faces various dangers until he is nursed back to health by the kindly, blonde Shell People where he meets the beautiful Loana, (Landis). Tumak helps the Shell People defeat a threatening dinosaur and returns to his own tribe with Loana who teaches them to be less savage. Together the tribes vanquish a giant monster and Tumak and Loana find happiness together.
After this virtually silent prehistoric adventure was released a ban was initiated by animal welfare groups from using live reptiles made up to look like dinosaurs in dinosaur fight scenes. Subsequently scenes from this film have been used for many other dinosaur productions.
D.W. Griffith was taken on as a producer, some sources say just for his name, but others believe that an argument developed between Griffith and Roach when Griffith insisted that the characters were to be given dialogue. Roach disagreed, believing mere grunts were sufficient and Griffith removed his name from the credits in protest.
The music score received an Academy Award Nomination.

ONE MILLION DOLLARS (1915/Rolfe-Metro) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: John W. Noble.
Cast: William Faversham, Henry Bergman, Charles Graham.
A detective with supernatural powers projects his astral spirit into the presence of his suspects.

THE 1,000 SPOOK (1907/Urban Trading Co.) 155 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Walter R. Booth.
A vapor emitted from a wizard materialises into the ghost of a woman.

ONE TOO EXCITING NIGHT (1912/Cecil Hepworth) 15mins. BW. Silent. UK.
A man purchases a haunted house.

ONE WAY STREET (1925/First National) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: John F. Dillon; Prod: Earl Hudson; Sc: Arthur Statter & Mary Scully; Adaptation: Earl Hudson; Ph: Arthur Edeson.
Cast: Dorothy Cumming, Ben Lyon, Anna Q. Nilsson, Marjorie Daw, Lumsden Hare.
An aging woman's youth is restored whe she is treated with monkey glands.

ONESIME ET LA DIABLE (1912/Gaumont) BW. Silent. France.
Aka: SIMPLE SIMON AND THE DEVIL.
Credits: Dir: Jean Durand.
Cast: Ernest Bourbon.
In a dream, a man's soul is claimed by the Devil.

ONESIME ET LA MAISON HANTE (1913/Gaumont) BW. Silent. France.
Aka: SIMPLE SIMON AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE.
Credits: Dir: Jean Durand.
Cast: Ernest Bourbon.

ONLY A ROOM-ER (1916/Cricks) 1 reel. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Toby Cooper; Sc: E. Dangerfield.
Cast: Jack Jarman.
A man's friends play tricks on him while he sleeps in a haunted room.

L'ORACLE DE DELPHES (1903/Star Film) 100 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE ORACLE OF DELPHI.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
A stone sphinx comes to life to wreak revenge upon a temple defiler.

THE ORACLE OF DELPHI (1903) see L'Oracle de Delphes

ORIENTAL BLACK ART (1908/Star Film) BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Spirits leave and re-enter a woman's body.

THE ORIENTAL MYSTIC (1909/Vitagraph) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A woman is frightened when a Turkish mystic suddenly appears and disappears in some mirrors.

ORLAC'S HANDE (1924/Pan-Film) 92mins. 2212 feet. BW. Silent. Austria.
Aka: HAND'S OF ORLAC; THE SINISTER HANDS OF DR. ORLAC; DIE UNHEIMLICHEN HANDE DES ORLAK.
Credits: Dir: Robert Wiene; Prod. Manager: Karl Ehrlich; Sc: Louis Nerz; Ph: Karl Freund, Hans Androschin & Gunther Krampf; Art: Stefan Wessely, Hans Roue & Karl Exner. From "Les Mains d'Orlac" by Maurice Renard.
Cast: Conrad Veidt, Fritz Kortner, Alexandra Sorina, Carmen Cartelleri, Paul Askonas, Fritz Strassny, Homma.

When successful concert pianist, Paul Orlac, (Veidt), crushes his hands in a railroad accident, a brilliant surgeon manages to graft on new hands. The new hands have been taken from Vassar, a knife throwing murderer, whose evil personality Paul believes is slowly takes over his mind. Eventually it is revealed to be all a plot hatched by a greedy hospital aide named Nero, (Kortner), to drive Orlac insane and steal his money.
Veidt shines as Orlac, in the earliest adaptation of the famous 1920 novel, after collaborating with Wiene in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919).

ORPHEE (1950/Paulve1/Palais Royal) 112mins. BW. France. Aka: ORPHEUS.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: John Cocteau; Ph: Nicolas Hayer; Des: Jean d'Eaubonne; Mus: Georges Auric. From a play by John Cocteau.
Cast: Jean Marais, Maria Casares, Juliette Greco, Francois Perier, Marie Dea, Edouard Dermithe, Roger Blin.
The poet Orpheus, (Marais), becomes obsessed with the Princess of Death, (Casares), asissting her when the poet Cegeste, (Dermithe), is killed by motorcyclists, but then Orpheus sees Cegeste walking through a mirrior at the princess' house. Haunted by what he saw, Orpheus is then informed by Heurtebise, (Perier), that his wife Eurydice, (Dea), has also been killed. Passing through the mirror to the underworld, Orpheus learns that his wife will be restored to him if he promises never to look at her, but when he breaks his promise he is killed by a mob. Eventually Orpheus is reunited with his wife when the princess and Heurtebise are punished for interfering with the affairs of mortals.

A moody poetic masterpiece of fantasy cinema interwoven with old myths that nicely complements Cocteau's other parts of the Orpheus trilogy begins with Le Sang d'un Poete (1930) and ends with LE TESTAMENT D'ORPHEE (1960).
The odd camera angles, and atmospheric lighting creates a film that is the closest anyone has come to portraying poetry and imagination on the screen.
Highlights include the entry to the hereafter through a mirror.
Sequel: LE TESTAMENT D'ORPHEE.

ORPHEUS (1950) see Orphee

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THE OTHER
(1913) see Der Anderer

THE OTHER FU MANCHU (1945) see El Otro Fu Manchu

THE OTHER PERSON (1921/Granger/Binger) 5319 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: B.E. Doxer-Pratt; Sc: Benedict James. From a novel by Fergus Hume.
Cast: Zoe Palmer, Adelqui Migliar, Arthur Pusey, E. Story-Gofton, William Hunter, Ivor Dawson, Nora Hayden, Arthur Walcott.
A seance proves that a ghost compelled a spiritualist to murder his wealthy father.

THE OTHER SELF (1915/Lubin) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Leon D. Kent; Sc: J.L. Lamothe.
A girl develops a split personality when she is hypnotised.

THE OTHER SELF (1918) see Das Anderer Ich

EL OTRO FU MANCHU (1945/Bascon Films) BW. Spain.
Aka: THE OTHER FU MANCHU.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Ramon Barriero.
Cast: Manuel Requena, Rosita Yarza, Adela Esteban.

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OUANGA
(1935/G.Terwilliger Prod./Paramount) 63mins. BW. US.
Aka: CRIME OF VOODOO.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: George Terwilliger; Ph: Carl Berger.
Cast: Fredi Washington, Philip Brandon, Sheldon Leonard, Marie Paxton, Winifred Harris.
A Haitian woman, (Washington), is in fact a Voodoo Priestess who, with her powers of hypnosis, manages to get whatever she wants, except for the love a young plantation owner, (Leonard). The sorceress plots to destroy his fiancee, (Paxton), by using a curse known as an Ouanga to frighten the plantation servants to help her scheme.
Writer and director Terwilliger attempted to film this story in Haiti to use authentic voodoo dancers, drummers and worshippers for the film, but a series of unnerving occurences forced Terwilliger, his principal cast and crew to relocate to Jamaica, where they experienced tropical rainstorms, insects and searing heat, forcing them to film everything at night. Two months later, the company returned to America with the completed film.
Paramount bought the film but only released it outside America in 1935 under the title OUANGA. Terwilliger revamped the script in 1939 which Arthur Leonard filmed in Jamaica as Pocomania.

OUTWARD BOUND (1930/Warner) 82mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Milton; Sc: J. Grubb Alexander; Ph: Hal Mohr; Ed: Ralph Dawson; Art: Anton Grot; Technical Fx: Fred Jackman; Mus: Erno Rapee.
From a play by Sutton Vane.
Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jnr., Helen Chandler, Montagu Love, Leslie Howard, Alec B. Francis, Beryl Mercer, Alison Skipworth, Dudley Digges, Lyonel Watts.

Lovers, Henry and Ann, (Fairbanks & Chandler), attempt suicide by turning the gas on in their room and find themselves on board a luxury liner where other travellers fail to realise they are dead and on a spectral journey for heaven or possibly hell. Upon reaching their destination Thompson, the Examiner, (Digges), boards the ship to pass judgement and announce their fate. Henry and Ann are considered "half-ways" because of their suicide and are told to remain on the ship.
A well acted, but dated version of the popular 1920's play.
Remade as Between Two Worlds.

AN OVER INCUBATED BABY (1901/Robert Paul) BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Walter R. Booth.
A professor adapts a bird incubator to take a human baby and announces that he can acheive "two years growth in two minutes". A sickly child enters the machine, but the assistant upsets the controls and a wrinkled old man emerges a few minutes later.
Possibly an early influence on The Fly (1958).

OWANA, THE DEVIL WOMAN (1913/Nestor) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
A native American witch transforms the son of a chief into a horse on his wedding day. The transformation is only reversed when a kindly spirit destroys the evil witch.

 

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