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THE SEWER
(1912/Solax) BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Alice Guy-Blach; Sc. & Art: Henri Menessier.
A scene depicts rats from the sewer attacking the hero of the story.

SEX MANIAC (1934) BW.
A cheap production based loosely on Poe's "The Black Cat".

SEXTON BLAKE AND THE HOODED TERROR (1938/George King Prod.) 68mins. BW. UK. Reissued by Ambassador in 1942.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: George King; Sc: A.R. Rawlingson; Ph: Hone M. Glendinning; Ed: John Seabourne; Art: Philip Bawcombe; Mus: Jack Beaver.
From the story "The Mystery of Caversham Square" by Pierre Quiroule.
Cast: George Curzon, Tod Slaughter, Greta Gynt, Tony Sympson, Charles Oliver, Marie Wright, Norman Pierce, David Farrar, Max Faber, Carl Melene, Alex Huber, Philip Holles, Len Sharpe, H.B. Hallam, Billy Watts, Pedro.
Millionaire Michael Larron, (Slaughter), is unmasked by the dashing detective Sexton Blake, (Curzon), as the The Snake, the head of the notorious criminal gang known as the Hooded Terror. Slow paced melodrama notable for the appearence of Slaughter, who unfortunately isn't given enough to do.
Curzon continued to portray Sexton Blake in other filmed adventures.

SH! THE OCTOPUS (1937/Warner/First National) 54mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William McGann; Ex.Prod: Jack Warner & Hal Wallis; Sc: George Bricker & Ralph Spence; Ph: Arthur Todd; Ed: Clarence Kolster Art: Max Parker.
From a play by Ralph Murphy & Donald Gallagher.
Cast: Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins, Marcia Ralston, John Eldredge, George Rosener, Eric Stanley, Margaret Irving, Elspeth Dudgeon.
Dim witted detectives, (Herbert & Jenkins), battle with a giant octopus in a lighthouse that in reality is a con artist with eight metallic arms and a death ray.
An embarrassing remake of Ralph Spence's "The Gorilla" previously filmed in 1927 and 1930.

THE SHADOW (1933/Real Art) 68mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: George A. Cooper; Prod: Julius Hagen; Sc: H. Fowler Mear, Terence Egan & Donald Stuart; Ph: Sydney Blythe; Ed: Jack Harris; Art: James A. Carter.
Cast: Henry Kendall, Elizabeth Allan, Felix Aylmer, John Turnbull, Ralph Truman, Dennis Cowles, Vincent Holman, Cyril Raymond, James Raglan, Gordon Begg, Sam Livesey, Viola Compton, Jeanne Stuart.
The inhabitants of the Police Commissioner's, (Aylmer), eerie mansion a re being killed by a hooded shadowy blackmailer who seems to have no substance, darting through the numerous secret passages to appear like a shadow. A novelist and amateur detective, (Kendall), and the Commissioner's daughter, (Allan), unmask the culprit .
A typical low budget British quota-quickie comedy thriller, with an unusual amount of entertainment value.

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THE SHADOW
(1940/Columbia) Serial. 15 Chapters. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: James W. Horne; Prod: Larry Darmour; Sc: Joseph Poland, Ned Dandy & Joseph O'Donnell; Ph: James S. Brown Jnr.; Ed: Dwight Caldwell; Mus: Lee Zahler.
Based on the radio series "The Shadow" and the Street & Smith magazine stories by Maxwell Grant.

Cast: Victor Jory, Veda Ann Borg, Roger Moore, Robert Fiske, J. Paul Jones, Jack Ingram, Charles Hamilton, Edward Peil, Frank La Rue.
A masked hero named The Shadow battles against the Black Tiger.
Also features electrical gadgetry, including television, nitrogen bulbs to use as part of a death ray.

THE SHADOW CREEPS (1939) see The Phantom Creeps

THE SHADOW LADY (1904) see Dame Fantome

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SHADOW OF CHINATOWN
(1936/Victory Pictures Corp.) BW. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert S. Hill; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: Isadore Bernstein, Basil Dickey & William Buchanan; Ph: William Hyer; Ed: Charles Henkel; Sets: Fred Preble. From a story by Rock Hawkey.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Herman Brix, Luana Walters, Maurice Liu, Charles King, William Buchanan, Forrest Taylor, James B. Leong, Henry F. Tung, Paul Fung, George Chan, John Elliott, Moy Ming, Jack Cowell, Lester Dorr, Henry Hall, Roger Williams.
"Thrills and chills and shivering shocks as a crazed scientist terrorizes the underworld!"
Eurasian scientist Victor Poten, (Lugosi), who hates both caucasians and the Chinese, is hired by the San Francisco "Dragon Lady" to keep the tourists out of Chinatown and therefore hurt their businesses. Poten uses a hypnotism machine, bombs and poisoned darts to kill off any intruders to the area.
This serial, the first of many by independent producer Katzman, is uninspired and gives no explanation as to why the scientist so despises the Chinese in the first place.
The 65 minute edited feature version released at the same time under the title THE YELLOW PHANTOM kills off the scientist, but in the serial version he survives to presumably be captured later on.

SHADOW OF THE DESERT (1924) see The Shadow of the East

THE SHADOW OF THE EAST (1924/Fox) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: SHADOW OF THE DESERT.
Credits: Dir: George Archainbaud; Prod: William Fox; Sc: Frederick & Fanny Hatton; Ph: Jules Cronjager. From the novel by Edith Maude Hull.
Cast: Frank Mayo, Mildred Harris, Norman Kerry, Bertram Grassby, Evelyn Brent, Edythe Chapman, Joseph Swickard.
A man is haunted by the ghost of his dead Indian wife who has been summoned by his Indian servant when the man marries an English girl.

SHADOW OF THE PAST (1950/Anglofilm) 83mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Mario Zampi; Prod: Mario Zampi & Mae Murray; Sc: Aldo di Benedetti & Ian Stuart Black; Ph: Hone Glendening; Ed: Giulio Zampi; Art: Ivan King; Mus: Stanley Black.
Cast: Terence Morgan, Joyce Howard, Michael Medwin, Andrew Osborn, Marie Ney, Wylie Watson, Ronald Adam, Ian Fleming, Ella Retford, Louise Gainsborough.
A ghostly woman in black is eventually revealed to be the vengeful twin sister of a murdered woman.

SHADOWS (1914/IMP/Universal) BW. Silent. US.
Cast: King Baggot.
An early mystery thriller with Baggot, a master of make-up, portraying all ten characters.

SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT (1944/Darmour/Columbia) 67mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE CRIME DOCTOR'S RENDEVOUS.
Credits: Dir: Eugene J. Forde; Prod: Rudolph C. Flothow; Sc: Eric Taylor; Ph: James S. Brown Jnr.; Ed: Dwight Caldwell; Art: John Datu. Based on the radio series "The Crime Doctor" by Max Marcin.
Cast: Warner Baxter, Nina Foch, George Zucco, Minor Watson, Lester Matthews, Ben Welden, Edward Norris, Charles Halton.
Doctor Robert Ordway, (Baxter), investigates when an heiress, (Foch), suffers from terrifying nightmares and finds that one of her greedy relatives may be trying to drive her insane with hypnotic gas.
One of the more effective entries to the ten films based on the CBS. radio show "Crime Doctor".

SHADOWS OF FEAR (1928/DEFU.) 90mins. BW. Silent. Germany.
Credits: Dir: Jacques Feyder; Sc: F. Carlson & Willy Haas; Ph: Frederick Engsang & Han Scheib. Based on the novel "Therese Raquin" by Emile Zola.
Cast: Gina Manes, J. Marie-Laurent, Hans Adalbert von Schlettow.

THE SHADOWS OF THE MOULIN ROUGE (1913/Solax) 4 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Alice Guy-Blache.
The bodies of the living are switched with the bodies of the dead.

SHAIL BALA (1932/Ranjit) BW. India.
Cast: Miss Gohar, Bhagwandas.
Black magic is used to kill children.

THE SHALLOW BOX TRICK (1903) see La Boite a Malice

SHAN-E-KHUDA (1934/Bhavnani) BW. India.
Cast: Bibbo, Nisar, S. Nayampally, P. Jairaj.
Features a monster.

THE SHANGHAI CHEST (1948) 56mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: William Beaudine.
Cast: Roland Winters, Mantan Moreland, Jim Ryan, Victor Sen Young, Deannie Best, Tristram Coffin, John Alvin, Russell Hicks, Pierre Watkin.
An executed criminal seems to have returned from the dead when his fingerprints are found at the sites of several murders.
A weak Charlie Chan crime thriller.

SHANKAR-PARVATI (1944/Ranjit Movietone) BW. India.
Credits: Dir: Chaturbhuj Doshi; Sc: Chaturbhuj Doshi & Pandit Indra; Ph: D.K. Ambre; Art: S.A. Wahab; Mus: Jnan Dutt.
Cast: Sadhona Bose, Aroon, Kamla Chatterjee.
Features a demon as the God of Destruction.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME (1936) see Things to Come

SHARAD OF ATLANTIS (1936) see Undersea Kingdom

SHE (1908/Edison) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Edison. From the novel by H. Rider Haggard.
The queen of a lost tribe is made immortal by a magical flame.

SHE (1911/Thanhouser) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
From the novel by H. Rider Haggard.
Cast: James Cruze, Marguerite Snow.
The queen of a lost civilisation is made immortal by a magical flame.

SHE (1916/Barker) 5400 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: H. Leslie Locoque; Prod: Will Barker; Sc: Nellie E. Lucoque; Des: Lancelot Speed. From the novel by H. Rider Haggard.
Cast: Alice Delysia, Henry Victor, Jack Denton, Sydney Bland, Blanche Forsythe, J. Hastings Batson.
In Africa, an explorer discovers he is a reincarnation of the lover of a 2000 year-old ruler of a lost civilisation.
Notable for its lavish designs and crowd scenes, but sadly remains a lost film.

SHE (1917/Fox) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Kenean Buel; Sc: Mary Murillo; Ph: Frank G. Kugler. From the novel by H. Rider Haggard.
Cast: Valeska Suratt, Ben L. Taggart, Miriam Fouche, Wigney Percyval, Tom Burrough, Martin Reagan.
When the immortal 3000 year old Ayeshea, (Suratt), cruel ruler of a lost civilisation, re-enters a magical flame to become mortal she transforms into an ape.

 


SHE
(1926/ Samuelson/ Lee-Bradford/ Reciprocity Films) 64mins. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Leander de Cordova; Prod: George Berthold Samuelson; Sc: Walter Summers; Ph: Sidney Blythe; Art: Heinrich Richter. From the novel by H. Rider Haggard.
Cast: Betty Blythe, Caryle Blackwell, Marjorie Statler, Henry Victor, Heinrich George, Dorothy Barclay, Mary Odette, Tom Reynolds, Jerrold Robertshaw, Alexander Butler.
In Africa, explorer Leo Vincey, (Blackwell), discovers that he is the reincarnated lover of a 2000 year-old white Queen named Ayesha, (Blythe).
Filmed in Berlin.

SHE (1935/RKO.) 90mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Irving Pichel & Lansing C. Holden; Prod: Merian C. Cooper; Sc: Ruth Rose & Dudley Nichols; Ph: J. Roy Hunt; Ed: Ted Cheeseman; Art: Van Nest Polglase; Sfx: Vernon L. Walker; Choreo: Benjamin Zemach; Mus: Max Steiner.
From the novel by H. Rider Haggard.
Cast: Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, Nigel Bruce, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Lumsden Hare, Noble Johnson, Samuel S. Hinds, Jim Thorpe.

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"Young and beautiful for 5000 years - and wicked every one of them!"
After discovering an ancient parchment an expedition travels to the Arctic and finds a lost civilisation tyrannically ruled by a five hundred year old white woman, (Gahagen), who is waiting patiently for the reincarnation of her long lost love to return and finds him in one of the expedition's members.
The first sound version of the famous tale set this time in the snowy wastes, but the stilted dialogue and wooden acting detracts from the lavish studio sets.
Benjamin Zemach received an Academy Award for the Choreography.

SHE DEVIL (1934) see Drums O'Voodoo

SHE WOLF OF LONDON (1946/Universal) 61mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE CURSE OF THE ALLENBYS (UK).
Credits: Dir: Jean Yarborough; Prod: Ben Pivar; Sc: George Bricker; Ph: Maury Gertsman; Ed: Paul Landres; Art: Jack Otterson & Abraham Grossman; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Leigh Smith; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Tech: Joe Lapis; Mus: William Lava. From the novel by Dwight V. Babcock.
Cast: June Lockhart, Don Porter, Sara Haden, Eily Malyon, Jan Wiley, Lloyd Corrigan, Dennis Hoey, Martin Kosleck, Frederic Worlock, David Thursby, Olaf Hytten, James Finlayson, Warren Jackson, William H. O'Brien, Jimmy Aubrey.
"Beauty or beast? Woman or monster?"
Phyllis Allenby, (Lockhart), the descendent of a family cursed with lycanthropy who lives on a large estate with her aunt Martha Winthrop, (Haden), and her cousin Carol, (Wiley), suspects that she has committed some horrendous murders in Hyde Park while the real killer, who is the only one who knows that Phillys is the soul heir to the Allenby fortune, tries to convince her that she is a werewolf. Phyllis' fiancee, Barry Lanfield, (Porter), investigates the sightings of a white-veiled figure in the park at night.
In spite of the fine camerawork and atmospheric lighting effects, the plot is poorly developed with an unbelievable solution, and more importantly, no werewolves.
A scene set in the 19th. century explaining how the Allenbys were originally cursed was cut from the final print.
Originally double-billed with The Cat Creeps (1946).

SHER-E-JUNGLE (1937) see Zambo the Apeman

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SCARLET CLAW (1944) see Scarlet Claw

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPIDERWOMAN (1944) see Spider Woman

SHERLOCK HOLMES BAFFLED (1900/The American Mutoscope & Biograph Company) 49 feet. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Ph: Arthur Marvin. From the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
A man in a dressing gown enters his room to discover a burglar stealing valuables and stuffing them in his sack. Holmes is unable to apprehend the villain as he repeatedly appears and disappears before leaving. Sherlock Holmes is left baffled.
The first appearence of Sherlock Holmes on film in a fifty second "mystery" utilising trick photography and was distributed to the early "peep-show" machines.

SHERLOCK HOLMES IN PERIL (1944) see Spider Woman

SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THE GREAT MURDER MYSTERY (1908/Crescent Film Co.) BW. Silent. Denmark.
Based on the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and "Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allen Poe.
A young man is accused of crimes committed by a gorilla who has escaped from his cage, until Sherlock Holmes unravels the misdemeanour while in a trance.

SHERLOCK HOLMES JAGT DEN TEUFEL VON SOHO (19   ) Germany.
A German company re-edited Universal's SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH and Pearl of Death into one feature with a dubbed German soundtrack.
The title translates as Sherlock Holmes Hunts the Soho Devil.

SHERLOCK HOLMES SIEHT DEM TOD INS GESICHT (19   ) Germany.
A German company re-edited Universal's Scarlet Claw and Spider Woman into one feature with a dubbed German soundtrack.
The title translates as Sherlock Holmes Faces Death.

THE SHIELDING SHADOW (1916/Asta Film Corp.) BW. Silent. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: Louis J. Gasnier & Donald MacKenzie; Sc: Gearge B. Seitz.
Cast: Grace Darmond, Ralph Kellard, Leon Barry, Madeline Traverse.
The mysterious "Ravenger" with hypnotic eyes uses his cloak of invisibility to rescue a young woman.

SHINPAN YOTSUYA KAIDAN (1928) BW. Silent. Japan.
Credits: Dir: Daisuke Ito.
The title translates as "Yotsuya Ghost Story New Edition".

THE SHIP OF HEAVEN (1918) see Himmelskibet

SHIVERING SHERLOCKS (1948/Columbia) 17mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Del Lord; Prod: Hugh McCollum; Sc: Del Lord & Elwood Ullman; Ph: Allen Siegler; Ed: Henry DeMond; Art: Charles Clague.
Cast: The Three Stooges: Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Larry Fine.
The Three Stooges enter a haunted mansion.
Another of many Three Stooges comedies.

SHIVERS (1934/Columbia) 2 reels. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Ripley; Sc: Arthur Ripley & John Grey; Ed: William A. Lyon.
Cast: Harry Langdon, Florence Lake, Dick Elliott.
A clumsy man, (Langdon), enters a haunted house.
A Harry Langdon comedy vehicle.


 

 

 

 

 

 


SHOCK
(1946/20th. Century Fox.) 70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Alfred L. Werker; Prod: Aubrey Schenck; Sc: Eugene Ling; Ph: Glen MacWilliams & Joe MacDonald; Ed: Harmon Jones; Art: Lyle Wheeler & Boris Leven; Sfx: Fred Sersen; Mus: David Buttolph & Emil Newman. From a story by Albert DeMond.
Cast: Vincent Price, Marjorie Henshaw, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Michael Dunne, Reed Hadley, Renee Carson, Charles Trowbridge, Selmer Jackson, John Davidson, Pierre Watkin, Mary Young, Charles Tanner, Cecil Weston.
When a woman witnesses a murder, she collapses from shock, but after coming to she is horrified to discover that her doctor is the man who committed the crime. The doctor knows that she is the only witness, so he keeps her out of the way with hypnotism and drugs.
All the potential suspense is lost in an indifferent and uninspired production.

SHOOTING IN THE HAUNTED WOODS (1909/Gaumont) France.
A fantasy dream short.

THE SHOW (1927/MGM.) 7 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: THE DAY OF SOULS; COCK O' THE WALK.
Credits: Dir: Tod Browning; Prod: Irving Thalberg; Ex.Prod: Louis B. Mayer; Sc:

Waldemar Young; Ph: John Arnold; Ed: Errol Taggart; Sets: Cedric Gibbons & Richard Day; Titles: Joseph W. Farnham.
From the story "The Day of Souls" by Charles Tenny Jackson.
Cast: John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Connelly, Gertrude Short, Andy MacLennan, Agostino Borgato, Dorothy Sebastian, Zalla Zarana, Betty Boyd, Edna Tichenor, Francis Powers, Jules Cowles, Cecil Holland, Jacqueline Gadsden, Dorothy Seay, Billy Seay, Ida May, Barbara De Bozoky.
Cock Robin, (Gilbert), is the spieler in a Hungarian freak emporiuim called the Palace of Illusions. Amongst the exhibitions are women with lower-body anomalies, a mermaid, a disembodied head trapped in a spider's web, while the star attraction is a playlet featuring Salome, (Adoree), and the decapitation of John the Baptist, (Gilbert). A love triangle develops between Cock Robin, Salome and a fiendish magician known as The Greek, (Barrymore), who attempts to substitute the papier mache axe used in the play with a real axe to chop off Cock Robin's head. To complicate things, an escaped poisonous, giant reptile is somewhere in the carnival.
Unfortunately the film lacks the conviction needed to maintain the suspense.

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The head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer began to destroy Gilbert's career after an altercation involving actress Greta Garbo.
Director Browning would continue his fascination for the freak carnival with his next film The Unknown (1927), and finally in the classic Freaks (1932).

A SHRIEK IN THE NIGHT (1933/Allied Pictures Corp.) 70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Albert Ray; Prod: Max H. Hoffman & Hoffman Jr.; Sc: Frances Hyland; Ph: Harry Neumann & Tom Galligan; Ed: Leete R. Brown; Art: Gene Hornbostel; Mus: Abe Meyer. From a story by Kurt Kemplar.
Cast: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Arthur Hoyt, Purnell Pratt, Harvey Clark, Lillian Harner, Maurice Black, Louise Beavers, Clarence Wilson.
Mr. Harker's body hurtles from a city hotel window onto the sidewalk. Inspector Russell, (Pratt), and his assistant Wilfred, (Hoyt), investigate Harker's room and find newspaper reporter Patricia Morgan, (Rogers), and a card bearing a crude drawing of a coiled snake and the words "You will hear it". Similar murders continue until rival newspaper man Ted Rand, (Talbot), saves Patricia from the leader of the Martini gang who attempts to kill the meddling Patricia in the hotel's furnace.
Max Hoffman reunited Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot from his earlier production The Thirteenth Guest (1932), using the same supporting cast, director and production crew.
Ginger Rogers later found fame when teamed with Fred Astaire in a succession of musical comedies.

THE SHRINE OF THE SEVEN LAMPS (1923) see The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu

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SIGFRIDO
(1912/Ambrosio) 3 reels. BW. Silent. Italy.
Credits: Dir: Mario Caserini; Ph: Angelo Scalenghe.
The first treatment of the 13th century German legend, inspired by the paintings of Arnold Bucklin and the Norse Sagas.

SIEGFRIED (1924) see Nibelungen

SIEGFRIED'S TOD (1924) see Nibelungen

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1899) see Le Diable au Convent

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932/Paramount) 124mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Cecil B. De Mille; Sc: Waldemar Young & Sidney Buchman; Ph: Karl Struss; Ed: Anne Buchens; Mus: Rudolph Kopp. Based on the play by Wilson Barrett.
Cast: Frederic March, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton, Elissa Landi, Ian Keith, Arthur Hohl, Nat Pendleton, William V. Mong, Joe Bonomo, Charles Middleton, John Carradine, Angelo Rossitto.
A lavish historical production set during the Roman Empire featuring scenes of Christians being fed to lions and scenes of torture.
Rossitto's scene as a pygmy was cut from the final print.
The film was reissued in 1944 with a new prologue by Dudley Nichols.

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LE SILENCE
(1920) BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Louis Delluc.
Cast: Eve Francis.
A man kills himself when he imagines he is being haunted by the grisly spectre of his ex-wife.

THE SILENT CASTLE (1912/Gaumont) 2 reels. BW. Silent. France.
From the tale of "The Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault.
A sorceror renders the inhabitants of a castle motionless.

THE SILENT COMMAND (1915/Universal) 4 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir & Sc: Robert Leonard.
Cast: Ella Hall, Harry Carter, Alan Forrest.
A doctor tries to hypnotise a girl to kill her own father.

THE SILENT HOUSE (1929/Butchers Film Service) 95mins. BW. Silent. UK.
Aka: THE HOUSE OF SILENCE.
Credits: Dir: Walter Forde; Prod: Archibald Nettlefold; Sc: H. Fowler Mear.
From the play by John G. Brandon & George Pickett.
Cast: Frank Perfitt, Arthur Pusey, Mabel Poulton, Gibb McLaughlin, Arthur Stratton, Gerald Rawlinson, Kiyoshe Takasi, Albert Brouett, Danny Green, Rex Maurice.
Features hypnotism, clutching hands and a haunted house complete with a secret panel for concealing corpses and a snake pit.
A print of this Grand Guignol horror tale is housed in London's National Film Archives.

THE SILENT MYSTERY (1918/Burston/Silent Mystery Corp.) BW. Silent. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: Francis Ford; Prod: Louis Burston; Sc: Elsie Van Neame.
Cast: Francis Ford, Rosemary Theby, Mae Gaston, Elsie Van Neame.
A jewel stolen from an Egyptian mummy is cursed as an invisible force pursues those responsible.

THE SILENT STRANGER (1916/Universal) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: King Baggot; Sc: Frank Smith.
Cast: King Baggot, Irene Hunt.
Satan restores a man's dead girlfriend to life on the condition that he must never smile or laugh. The girl dies when the man fails to keep his unholy bargain.

THE SILVER BUDDHA (1923) see The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu

SIMPLE SIMON AND THE DEVIL (1912) see Onesime et la Diable

SIMPLE SIMON AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1913) see Onesime et la Maison Hantee

SIMPLE SIMON AND THE SUICIDE CLUB (1913/Gaumont) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Jean Durand.
Cast: Ernest Bourbon.

SINEWS OF THE DEAD (1914/Star Film) BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Gaston Melies.
A man is driven insane by a skin graft from a dead strangler.
Gaston was Georges elder brother, who made over 150 films mostly on his travels.
From 1903 he distributed his brother's films in America from offices in New York City.

SINHASAN (1934/Imalaya) Colour. India.
Credits: Dir: Gajanan Jagirdar; Sc: Shiv Kamar & Pandit; Ph: Dwarka Khosla; Art: N.M. Kalkar; Mus: A. Mujumdar.
Cast: Shanta Kumari, Indumati, Vimala, Wasudev, Nandu Khote, Surve, Rajababu, Anand.
A dead man is brought to life by Black Magic.

THE SINISTER GUEST (1921) see Unheimliche Gast

SINISTER HANDS (1932) 65mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Armand Schaefer; Prod: Willis Kent; Sc: Oliver Drake; Ph: William Nobles; Ed: Ethel Davey. From "The Seance Mystery" by Norton S. Parker.
Cast: Jack Mulhall, Phyllis Barrington, Crauford Kent, Mischa Auer, Louis Natheaux, Gertrude Messinger, Lloyd Ingraham, Jimmy Burtis, Phillips Smalley, Helen Foster, Lillian West, Fletcher Norton, Bess Flowers.
During a séance at an elderly millionaire's house, the millionaire is killed. Was it forces from the beyond...or was the man murdered? The detectives investigating the crime discover that everyone who was at the séance had a motive for killing the man.
An average murder mystery.

THE SINISTER HANDS OF DOCTOR ORLAC (1924) see Orlac's Hande

SINISTER HOUSE (1948) see Who Killed Doc Robin?

THE SINISTER WISH (1939) see Die Unheimlichen W nsche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SINS OF ROSANNE
(1920/Paramount) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Tom Forman; Prod: Jesse L. Lasky; Sc: Mary O'Connor; Ph: Al Gilks.
Cast: Ethel Clayton, Jack Holt, Fontaine LaRue, Mabel Van Beuren, Grace Morse, Dorothy Messenger, James Smith, Guy Oliver.
A girl is raised by a mystic who holds power over her. When she raises her clutched hand, her victims are hurled to the ground.

SIREN OF ATLANTIS (1948/Atlantic Prod.) 75mins. US.
Credits: Dir. & Ed: Gregg G. Tallas; Prod: Seymour Nebenzul; Sc: Roland Leigh & Robert Lax; Ph: Karl Struss; Art: Lionel Banks; Sfx: Rocky Cline; Mus: Michel Michelet & Heinz Roemheld. Based on the novel "L'Atlantide" by Pierre Benoit.
Cast: Maria Montez, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Dennis O'Keefe, Henry Daniell, John Shelton, Morris Carnovsky, Allan Nixon.
Two soldiers, (Aumont & O'Keefe), stumble upon the lost continent of Atlantis in the Sahara desert and encounter the sultry queen, (Montez).
Fanciful nonsense based on a novel first filmed in 1921.

THE SIREN'S NECKLACE (1909/Vitagraph) 530 feet. BW. Silent. US.
The daughters of Neptune, the God of the Sea, at the bottom of the ocean are joined by mortal man.
A fantasy comedy.

SIVA, L'INVISIBLE (1904/Star Films) 95 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE INVISIBLE SILVIA.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Features an invisible woman.
Melies achieved similar effects that were later seen in 1933's The Invisible Man.

SIX HOURS TO LIVE (1932/Fox) 78mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William Dieterle; Sc: Bradley King; Ph: John Seitz.
From a story by Gordon Morris and Morton Barteaux.
Cast: Warner Baxter, John Boles, Miriam Jordan, Irene Ware, Edwin Maxwell, Miriam Jordan, Halliwell Hobbes, John Davidson, Edward McWade, George Marion, Beryl Mercer.
A scientist uses a special ray to revive a dead diplomat, (Baxter), for six hours after his murder, so that he can find his killer. However, the diplomat destroys the ray machine before dying for the second time.
A plodding, but successful production set at a Geneva Peace Conference.

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DEN SKAEBNESVANGRE OPFINDELSE (1909/Nordisk) 2 reels. BW. Silent. Denmark. Released: 1910. Aka: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: August Blom; Prod: Ole Olsen.
From Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde".
Cast: Alwin Neuss, Emilie Sannom, Oda Alstrup.  

THE SKELETON (1910/Vitagraph) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A skeleton performs several stunts and frightens policemen.

THE SKELETON DANCE (1898/Edison) 65 feet. BW. Silent. US.
After being assembled, a skeleton begins to dance.

SKELETON ON HORSEBACK (1937) see Bil a Nemoc

SKELLY'S SKELETON (1916/Biograph) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Based on a story by A. Van Beuren Powell.
Features a haunted house, a magician, a skeleton and a torch-lit visit to a forest.

THE SKIVVY'S GHOST (1912/Lux) BW. Silent. France.
A couple own a haunted house.

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SKULL ISLAND
(1932) see The Most Dangerous Game

SKY SHIP (1918) see Himmelskibet

SLAVE OF DESIRE (1923/Goldwyn) 7 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: George D. Baker; Sc: Charles E. Whittaker & Alice D.G. Miller; Ph: John Boyle.
From the novel "Le Peau de Chagrin" by Honore de Balzac.
Cast: Bessie Love, Carmel Meyers, George Walsh, Wally Van, Edward Connelly, Eulalie Jensen.
The hide of an ass grants wishes at the expense of the owner's soul.

SLAVES OF THE INVISIBLE MONSTER (1950) see The Invisible Monster

THE SLEEPER (1909/Pathe) 600 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A hypnotist puts a woman into a suspended trance that lasts for months.

A SLEEPING MEMORY (1917) BW. Silent.
From the novel by E. Phillips Oppenheim.
Cast: Emily Stevens, Frank Mills.
Under hypnosis, a young girl re-lives previous lives with the vikings, with Ceasre and at the Salem witchcraft trials. Unable to be brought out of the trance, she undergoes brain surgery.

SLUMBERLAND (1908/Vitagraph) 590 feet. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: J. Stuart Blackton.
Features a ride to the North Pole on a broom, a slide which takes you to the centre of the Earth, Santa Claus and collection of gnomes and nymphs.

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THE SMILING GHOST
(1941/First National/Warner) 71mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Lewis Selier; Prod: Bryan Foy; A.Prod: Edmund Grainger; Sc: Kenneth Gamet; Ph: Arthur Todd; Ed: John Killifer. From a story by Stuart Palmer.
Cast: Alexis Smith, Wayne Morris, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale, Willie Best, David Bruce, Helen Westley, Richard Ainley, Lee Patrick.
A female reporter investigates a woman whose husbands seem to die soon sfter their wedding day. She visits the woman's secluded mansion where she discovers numerous secret passageways and some fake ghosts used to scare the woman's new husband.
A lively, but unbelievable murder mystery comedy.

THE SNAKE MAN (1910) see The Serpent Man

SNOW WHITE (1913/Powers) 3 reels. BW. Silent.
From the fairytale collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Cast: Elsie Albert.
Pretty Snow White, (Albert), finds sanctuary from her evil stepmother in a home inhabited by seven dwarfs. The witch manages to disguise herself as a kindly old woman who gives Snow White a poisoned apple, however, a kiss from a prince revives her.
The first cinema adaptation of a play by Winthrop Ames.

SNOW WHITE (1916/Life Photoplay Co.) 4 reels. BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: Charles H. Weston. From the fairytale collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
An adaptation featuring a cast of children.

SNOW WHITE (1916) 83mins. (6 reels). BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: J. Searle Dawley; Sc: Winthrop Ames; Ph: H. Lyman Broening. From the play by Winthrop Ames and the fairytale collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Cast: Marguerite Clark, Creighton Hale, Dorothy G. Cumming, Lionel Braham, Alice Washburn.
Pretty Snow White, (Clark), is to be killed by her evil stepmother, (Washburn), for being prettier than she is, but Snow White finds sanctuary in a house in the woods owned by seven dwarfs.


THE SNOWMAN
(1899) see La Statue de Neige

THE SNOWMAN (1908/Biograph) 717 feet. BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Wallace McCutcheon, Florence Auer.
A good fairy brings a snowman to life, but when the Moon rises, the snowman exerts himself and gradually melts.

THE SNOWMAN (1912/Solax) BW. Silent. US.
A man dreams that a snowman comes to life and chases him.

SOAP BUBBLES (1906) see Bulles de Savon Animees

THE SOAP BUBBLES OF TRUTH (1910/Pathe) 420 feet (1 reel). BW. Silent. France.
Bubbles rising from the bottom of a well predict that a thief will murder a miser for his money.

SOLD TO SATAN (1916/Lubin) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod: Edward Sloman; Sc: R.P. Rifenborich Jnr.
Cast: Edward Sloman, Lee C. Shumway, Ben Hopkins, Adelaide Bronti, May Cruze, Alan Forrest.
A man, (Shumway), sells his soul to Satan, (Sloman), in exchange for his youth and wealth.
Edward Sloman later became a prominant director of silent films and successfully made the transition to sound with Murder by the Clock (1931).

 

 

 

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SOME FISH!
(1914/Martin) 662 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Dave Aylott.
A fisherman dreams he is being fried like a fish by Neptune, the God of the Sea.

SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENS (1928/Paramount) 4792 feet. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank Tuttle; Prod: Jesse L. Lasky & Adolph Zukor; Sc: Florence Ryerson & Raymond Cannon; Ph: J. Roy Hunt; Ed: Verna Willis; Titles: Herman J. Mankiewicz. From a story by Frank Tuttle.
Cast: Esther Ralston, Neil Hamilton, Sojin Kamiyama, Roscoe Karns, Mischa Auer, Charles Sellon, Lawrence Grant, Noble Johnson.
A haunted house comedy made during the success of the "old dark house" sub-genre which was so prevalent during the Twenties.

THE SOMNAMBULIST (1908/Essanay) BW. Silent. US.
A sleepwalker robs someone and then hides the money without ever waking up.

THE SOMNAMBULIST (1910/Nordisk Film Kompagni) BW. Silent. Denmark.
The retired director of a museum is a sleepwalking kleptomaniac.

A SON-IN-LAW'S NIGHTMARE (1912/Pathe) 540 feet. BW. Silent. France.
In a dream, a man murders his mother-in-law, but her decapitated head pursues him.

SON OF A WITCH (1934) see Wajan

SON OF DRACULA (1943/Universal) 79mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Siodmak; Prod: Ford Beebe; A.Prod: Donald H. Brown; Ex.Prod: Jack Gross; Sc: Eric Taylor; Ph: George Robinson; Ed: Saul A. Goodkind; Art: John B. Goodman & Martin Obzina; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Edward R. Robinson; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Tech: Charles Carroll; Mus: Hans J. Salter. From a story by Curt Siodmak.
Cast: Lon Chaney Jnr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Craven, J. Edward Bromberg, Samuel S. Hinds, Adeline de Walt Reynolds, Patrick Moriarty, Etta McDaniel, George Irving, Walter Sande, Cyril Delavanti, Joan Blair, Charles Bates, Jess Lee Brooks, Sam McDaniel, Charles Moore, Emmett Smith, Robert Dudley, Jack Rockwell, George Meeker, Ben Erway, Robert Hill.
"Searing the screen with new terror!"

 

 

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Dracula, (Chaney), arrives in contemporary Louisiana as Count Alucard where he kills the owner of "Dark Oaks" plantation Colonel Caldwell, (Irving), and vampirises his daughter Katherine, (Allbritton), who has a morbid fascination for the occult. Dr. Harry Brewster, (Craven), warns Katherine's sister Claire, (Ankers), of Count Alucard's true identity, and implores her to consult occult Professor Lazslo, (Bromberg). Eventually Alucard convinces Katherine to marry him, but when her fiancee, Frank Stanley, (Paige), finds out he tries to shoot Dracula, but the bullets pass through him and he kills Katherine instead. She is brought back to life by Dracula as a vampire and then urges Frank, who has been detained by the police for murder, to destroy the Count, so that she and Frank can share immortality. He sets alight to Dracula's coffin and watches the fiend disintergrate in the morning sun. Reluctantly he also sets Katherine's coffin ablaze with her undead body in it.
A fair addition to the Universal horror cycle which has amongst its high points some great opening title shots.
The transformations between man and bat are effectively achieved with animated sequences although Chaney seems unsuitable as the Count, but by this time Lugosi wasn't even considered for the role by the studio.
Originally double billed with The Mad Ghoul (1943).

SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939/Universal) 95mins. BW. US.
Sequel to: The Bride of Frankenstein.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Rowland V. Lee; Sc: Willis Cooper; Ph: George Robinson; Ed: Ted Kent; Ar t: Jack Otterson & Richard H. Riedel; Art: Jack Otterson; Sets: Russell A. Gausman; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Electrical Fx: Kenneth Strickfaden; Tech: William Hedgcock; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Mus.Dir: Charles Previn; Mus: Hans J. Salter.
From "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley.

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Cast: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, Donnie Dunagan, Emma Dunn, Edgar Norton, Perry Ivins, Lawrence Grant, Lionel Belmore, Michael Mark, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Lorimar Johnson, Tom Ricketts, Caroline Cooke, Clarence Wilson, Ward Bond, Harry Cording, Betty Chay, Edward Cassidy, Jack Harris.
"The Menace of Basil Rathbone! The Fright of Boris Karloff! The Horror of Bela Lugosi! The Hate of Lionel Atwill!"
"The black shadows of the past bred this half-man, half-demon!"

Baron Wolf Von Frankenstein, (Rathbone), arrives from America twenty five years after his father's death to occupy the ancestral estate only to discover that their presence is unwelcome by the local villagers and by Inspector Krogh, (Atwill), who lost his arm to the Frankenstein monster years before. Mishapen Ygor, (Lugosi), once hanged for bodystealing, yet survived the ordeal, has kept the body of the monster, (Karloff), waiting for the day when someone could reanimate it. Ygor finally persuades the Baron to do so and then uses the creature to enact revenge on the town elders who tried to hang him. Wolf tries to kill the monster, and eventually kicks him into a sulpher pit after the creature kidnaps his son, (Dunagen), and goes beserk when Ygor is shot.
The last of Universal's classic trio of Frankenstein films in which there is little to see of the monster, but the diverting characters and the vast, impractical sets remain impressive.
Originally planned to be filmed in Technicolor, but the idea was abandoned after test shots of Karloff's makeup failed to impress studio executives. Scenes with Dwight Frye disappeared when the colour footage was abandoned.
This was the last time Karloff would appear as the monster until 1962 in a Halloween special of the television show "Route 66" titled "Lizard's Leg & Owlet's Wing" at the age of 75.
Lugosi's character Ygor was developed further by director Rowland V. Lee who was outraged that the studio planned to cut Lugosi's salary by shooting all his scenes within one week. Lee ensured that Lugosi was used as much as possible for the whole duration of the production.
The role of the baron was initially offered to Peter Lorre who turned it down.
During shooting Willis Cooper was encouraged to write a script titled "After Frankenstein", but the project was a bandoned before production could begin.
The monster made a brief appearence in the bizarre 1941 comedy HELLZAPOPPIN before the next Frankenstien sequel.
The film ended the self-imposed Hollywood ban on horror films.
Sequel: The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942).

SON OF INGAGI (1940/Richard C. Kahn Prod./Sack Amusement) BW. US.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Richard C. Kahn; Ph: Roland Price & Herman Schopp; Ed: Dan Milner. From a story by Spencer Williams Jnr.
Cast: Zack Williams, Laura Bowman, Alfred Grant, Spencer Williams Jnr., Daisy Bufford, Arthur Ray; The Four Toppers.
"Terror reigns when the giant of the jungles breaks loose!"
An insane female scientist conducts experiments in her celler laboratory where she keeps a hairy love-starved ape man known as Ingeena, (Williams Jnr.), locked in a cage. The beast escapes and kidnaps a young bride, but finally kills himself by drinking poison.
A bizarre and interesting curiosity with an all-black cast and a sequel in name only to 1930's Ingagi.

THE SON OF KONG, A Serio-Comic Phantasy (1933/R.K.O.) 71mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack; Ex.Prod: Merian C. Cooper; A.Prod: Archie S. Marshek; Sc: Ruth Rose; Ph: Vernon L. Walker, J.O.Taylor & Edward Linden; Ed: Ted Cheeseman; Art: Mario Larrinaga & Byron L. Crabbe; Sets: Van Nest Polglase, Thomas Little & Al Herman; Sfx: Harry Redmond Jnr.; Models: Marcel Delgado; Technicians: Willis O'Brien, E.B. Gibson, Carrol Shephird, Fred Reefe & W.G. White; Sound Fx: Murray Spivack; Mu: Mel Burns; Mus: Max Steiner.
Cast: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston, Victor Wong, Noble Johnson, Lee Kohlmar, Ed Brady, Steve Clemento, Clarence Peterson Wilson, Frank O'Connor, Gertrude Sutton, Katherine Ward, Gertrude Short, James B. Leong, Constantine Romanoff, Harry Tenbrook, Leo "Dutch" Hendrian.
"New Adventure! New Thrills! New Romance!"
Due to the destruction of New York City by Kong, Carl Denham, (Armstrong), is forced to flee the United States and his creditors by setting sail on board the ship SS.Venture with his friend Captain Englehorn, (Reicher). At the Malayan port of Dakang they learn of a fabulous treasure on Skull Island from Nils Helstrom, (Marston), the man who originally sold the map of the island to Englehorn. However, the crew mutiny and set Denham, Englehorn and a girl named Hilda Peterson, (Mack), in a lifeboat who have no choice, but to make their way to the mysterious island where they encounter a twelve foot tall white-haired ape who they save from quicksand . In return the creature protects them from a giant prehistoric bear and a brontosaurus. Denham and his companions recover a precious jewel from a giant statue, but an earthquake ensues and the island begins to sink. The young ape holds his new friends above the rising water at the cost of his own life until Englehorn in the lifeboat can reach them.
A quickly made sequel to King Kong that does not achieve the grandeur or power of the original epic.
The film was originally announced as JAMBOREE to keep curious Kong fans away from the set and promoted as a comedy, but although highly entertaining it remains only a rousing jungle adventure.
Willis O'Brien was reported to have been unhappy with the comic elements of the story and refused to discuss the film in later years.

A SON OF NEPTUNE (1916/Gold Seal/Universal) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod. & Sc: William V. Mong.
Cast: Gordon Griffith, Georgia French, Betty Schade, Tom Foster, William Carlock, Harry Griffith.
Gnomes and fairies appear to someone in a dream.

 

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