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A SON OF SATAN (1924/Micheaux) 65mins. BW. Silent.
Cast: Andrew Bishop, Ida Anderson.
Depicts events in a haunted house.
SON OF THE
EXECUTIONER (1911/Great Northern) BW. Silent. Denmark.
A witch gives a magic sword to the son of an executioner.
THE SON OF THE SHUNAMITE (1911/Gaumont) BW. Silent.
Elisha raises a Shunamite woman's son from the dead.
SON OF ZAMBO (1938/Bhavnani) BW.
India. Released 1939.
Sequel to: Zambo the Apeman (1937).
Credits: Dir. & Sc: M. Bhavnani.
Cast: Bimla Kumari, Navin Yajnik, Nayampalli, Sunita
Devi, Vatsala Kumthekar, Fatty Prasad, David Gyani, S. Gulhab.
A scientist transforms an ape into a man.
SORCELLERIE CULINAIRE (1904/Star
Film) 275feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE COOK IN TROUBLE.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
A sorcerer uses demons to torment a cook and roast him in his own cauldron.
LA SORCELLERIE NOCTURNE (1903/Pathe) BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: Gaston Velle.
The titles translates as "Nocturnal Sorcery".
SORCERESS OF THE STRAND (1910/Eclair) 660 feet (1
reel). BW. Silent. France.
A fisherman drowns after being cursed by a witch disguised as a maiden.
THE SORCEROR'S REVENGE (1903) see Le
LE SORCIER (1903/Star Film)
220feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE SORCEROR'S REVENGE; THE WITCH'S REVENGE.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
THE SORROWS OF SATAN (1917/G.B. Samuelson) 5000feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Alexander Butler; Sc: Harry Engholm. From the novel by
Cast: Owen Nares, Gladys Cooper, Lionel D'Aragon, Cecil Humphreys, Winifred
Delavanti, Alice de Winton, Minna Grey.
Satan, (Humphreys), disguises himself as a prince to lure his victims. Lady Sybil Elton,
(Cooper), falls in love with him, not knowing his real identity.
The prologue and the epilogue are set in Hell.
OF SATAN (1926/Famous Players/Paramount) 115mins. (12 reels). BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: D.W. Griffith; Prod: Adolph Zukor & Jesse L. Lasky; Sc: Forrester
Halsey, John Russell & George Hull; Ph: Harry Fishbeck & Arthur De Titta; Ed.
& Titles: Julian Johnson; Art: Charles M. Kirk; Miniatures: Fred Waller Jnr. From the
novel by Marie Corelli.
Cast: Adolphe Menjou, Ricardo Cortez, Lya de Putti, Carol Dempster, Ivan Lebedeff,
Marcia Harris, Nellie Savage, Dorothy Hughes, Lawrence D'Orsay, Josephine Dunn, Dorothy
Nourse, Jeanne Morgan, Raymond Griffith, Owen Nares.
"Satan, flung from Heaven, brings temptation to the world!...a strictly modern
epic drama of love, temptation, thrill and regeneration-stupendously conceived!"
Satan, disguised as the suave Prince Rimenez, (Menjou), lures struggling young author
Geoffrey Tempest, (Cortez), away from his true love Mavis Claire, (Dempster), and into the
arms of temptress Princess Olga, (De Putti ), for the promise of wealth and success. When
Tempest finds that Olga doesn't love, the purity of his love for Mavis defeats the Devil
and his schemes.
Despite Griffith's objections to making the film, this is a well made contemporary
variation of "Faust" with an impressive opening scene showing Lucifer's rebel
angels being cast out of heaven and Lucifer being represented by a bat.
This is Griffith's first film for Paramount after leaving United Artists, a project
originally intended for Cecil B. DeMille who walked out after a dispute with the studio.
SORTILEGES (1947/La Societe
Discina) 103mins. BW. France. Aka: WITCHCRAFT.
Credits: Dir: Christian Jaque; Sc: Jacques Prevert; Ph: Louis Page.
From the novel "La Cavalier de Rion Clair" by Claude Boncompain.
Cast: Fernand Ledoux, Renee Faure, Madeleine Robinson, Roger Pigaut.
Features the supernatural, witchcraft and superstition.
S.O.S. COASTGUARD (1937/Republic) BW. Serial. 12 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: William Whitney & Alan James; Prod: Sol C. Siegel; Sc: Barry
Shipman & Franklyn Adreon; Ph: William Nobles; Ed: Helene Turner & Edward Todd;
Mus: Raoul Kraushaar. From a story by Morgan Cox & Ronald Davidson.
Byrd, Bela Lugosi, Maxine Doyle, Herbert Rawlinson, Richard
Alexander, Lee Ford, John Piccori, Thomas Carr, Lawrence Grant,
Carlton Young, Allen Connor, George Chesebro.
Insane scientist Boroff, (Lugosi), reaps financial rewards from the sale of his specially
developed disintergrating gas to the highest bidder until the Coastguard manage to stop
his illegal activities.
The seventh and probably the best serial from the Republic studios.
Footage from this later appeared in HAWK OF THE WILDERNESS (1938) and DICK TRACEY VERSUS
The British film censors made several cuts that reduced Lugosi's portrayal to one of the
most subdued characters of his career.
Later condensed into a 69 minute feature and released in 1942.
THE SOUL EATER (1925) BW. Silent. Germany.
Cast: Conrad Veidt.
The Devil plagues a university town in search for a soul, but after failing to obtain one
he becomes unhinged when his appetite is never fulfilled.
The Devil appears for the first time in a sympathetic characterisation.
SOUL OF A MONSTER (1944/Columbia)
61mins. BW. US.
Aka: HE WALKS ALONE; THEY WALK ALONE.
Credits: Dir: Will Jason; Prod: Ted Richmond; Sc: Edward Dein; Ph: Burnett Guffey;
Ed: Paul Borofsky; Art: Lionel Banks & George Brooks; Sets: Fay Babcock & Robert
Priestley; Mus: Mischa R. Bakaleinikoff.
Cast: George Macready, Rose Hobart, Jim Bannon,
Jeanne Bates, Erik Rolf, Ernest Hilliard, Clarence Muse, Al Hill, Edith Evanson, Ida
Moore, Milton Kibbee, Harry Strang, John Tyrrell, Al Cross, Charles Sullivan, Howard
Negley, Byron Shores.
Eminent physician and philanthropist Dr. George Winson, (Macready), is saved from his
death bed by a strange hypnotic woman named Lilyan Gregg, (Hobart), who appears in answer
to a prayer containing the words "Monsters live, saints die!" made to Satan by
his wife Ann, (Bates). Dr. George's remarkable recovery belies his altered personality
into a cruel heartless fiend with no pulse and impervious to pain. The doctor is only
freed from Lilyan's sinister influence when she falls from a high window and is crushed
under the wheels of a truck, her body resembling a broken marble statue.
A Val Lewton inspired version of the Faust legend made into an unusual thriller, spoilt
only by some poor performances.
THE SOUL OF PHYRA (1915/Domino) 3 reels. BW. Silent.
After a maiden is mystically summoned to India to be sacrificed, her husband hears her
soul calling out to him and he dies himself.
SOULS BEFORE BIRTH (1922) see One
THE SOUL'S CYCLE (1916/Centaur/Mutual) 6 reels. BW.
Credits: Dir: Ulysses Davis; Prod: David Horsley; Sc: Theodosia Harris.
Cast: Margaret Gibson, Roy Watson, John Oaker, George Stanley.
Features a bargain with Satan, (Watson), and a man reincarnated as a lion.
SPACE SOLDIERS (1936) see Flash Gordon
SPACE SOLDIERS CONQUER THE UNIVERSE (1940)
see Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
SPACESHIP TO THE UNKNOWN (1936) see Flash Gordon
SPARROWS (1926/United Artists) 84mins.
(9 reels). BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: William Beaudine; Sc: C. Gardner Sullivan, Tom McNamara, Carl Harbaugh
& Earle Browne; Ph: Charles Rosher, Karl Struss & Hal Mohr; Art: Harry Oliver;
Titles: George Marion Jnr. From a story by Winifred Dunn.
Cast: Mary Pickford, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Roy
Stewart, Mary Louise Miller, Charlotte Mineau, Spec O 'Donnell, Lloyd Whitlock, A.L.
Schaeffer, Mark Hamilton, Monty O'Grady, Muriel McCormac, Billy "Red" Jones,
Cammilla Johnson, Mary McLane, Billy Butts, Jack Lavine, Florence Rogan, Seesel Ann
Johnson, Sylvia Bernard.
THE SPECTRE (1908/Pathe)
1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
A cobbler is haunted by the accusing spirit of the man he murdered.
THE SPECTRE (1910/Pathe) 15mins. (900 feet). BW.
An innkeeper is tormented by the spirit of a man he killed.
A SPECTRE HAUNTS EUROPE (1921) see Prizak Brodit po Yevrope
THE SPECTRE OF JAGO (1912) see Lo Spettro di Jago
THE SPECTRE OF THE VAULT (1915) see Lo
Spettro del Sotterraneo
LE SPECTRE VERT (1930/MGM.)
90mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Jacques Feyder; Dialogue: Yves Mirande; Ph: William Daniels; Art:
From the story "The Green Ghost" by Ben Hecht.
Cast: Andre Luget, Jetta Goudal, Pauline Garon, Georges Renevant, Jules Rancourt.
Features two fake seances. One apparently revives someone who is supposed dead, the other
extracts a confession from a guilty criminal.
A simultaneously shot French language version of The Unholy Night
THE SPELL (1913/Powers) 4 reels. BW. Silent. US.
A hypnotist imposes his will over a young girl, but her sweetheart learns the art of
hypnotism and overpowers the villain with mental force.
THE SPELL (1913/Vitagraph) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod: Rollo Sturgeon; Sc: Edwin August.
Cast: Mary Chapelson, Edwin August, Holt Gonzales.
The young fiance of a doctor is placed under a hypnotic spell.
THE SPELL OF AMY NUGENT (1940) see Spellbound
SPELL OF THE HYPNOTIST (1912/Helios) 700 feet. BW.
A hypnotist is responsible for a murder.
Amalgamated) 82mins. BW. UK.
Aka: PASSING CLOUDS; THE SPELL OF AMY NUGENT (US).
Credits: Dir: John Harlow; Prod: R. Murray Leslie & Keith C. Drayson; Sc: Miles
Malleson; Ph: Walter Harvey & Guy Green; Ed: F.C. Wilson. From the novel "The
Necromancers" by Robert Benson.
Cast: Derek Farr, Vera Lindsay, Frederick Leister, Hay Petrie, Felix Aylmer, Diana
King, W.G. Fay, Gibb MacLaughlin, Marian Spencer, Hannen Swaffer, Winifred Davis, Enid
Hewitt, Joyce Redman, Cameron Hall, Irene Handl, Stafford Hilliard.
Laurie, (Farr), is so filled with grief when his fiancee Amy Nugent dies that he seeks the
solace of a medium, but his dispair turns to horror when the medium materialises his
fiancee from the dead.
A strange and compelling tale that was originally banned, but then only just passed by the
censors when a prologue by the spiritulist church was added.
LO SPETTRO DEL SOTTERRANEO (1915/Riviera)
BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: THE SPECTRE OF THE VAULT.
Credits: Dir: Ubaldo Maria Del Colle.
LO SPETTRO DI JAGO (1912/Aquila)
BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: THE SPECTRE OF JAGO.
Credits: Dir: Alberto Carlo Lolli.
LO SPETTRO DI MEZZANOTE (1915/Talia)
BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: THE MIDNIGHT SPECTRE.
SPETTRO VENDICATORE (1914/Roma)
BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: THE AVENGING SPECTRE.
THE SPHINX (1933)
THE SPIDER (1931/Fox) 65mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William Cameron Menzies & Kenneth MacKenna; Sc: Barry Connors &
Philip J. Klein; Ph: James Wong Howe; Ed: Al De Gaetano. Based on the play by Fulton
Oursler & Lowell Brentano.
Cast: Edmund Lowe, Lois Moran, Howard Phillips, Earle Foxe, Elwood Bredell, George
E. Stone, Purnell Pratt.
A boy develops the ability to read minds. Also includes a fake seance, hypnotism and
A SPIDER IN THE BRAIN (1912/Italia) 1 reel. BW.
A large spider that has burrowed it's way into a person's head is located with an X-Ray
THE SPIDER-MASTER OF MEN (1938) see The
THE SPIDER RETURNS (1941/Columbia) BW. Serial. 15
Credits: Dir: James W. Horne; Prod: Larry Darmour; Sc: Jesse A. Duffy & George
Plympton; Ph: James S. Brown Jnr.; Ed: Dwight Caldwell & Earl Turner; Mus: Lee Zahler.
From "The Spider" magazine stories and a story by Morgan B. Cox, Lawrence E.
Taylor, John Cutting & Harry Fraser.
Hull, Mary Ainslee, Dave O'Brien, Bryant Washburn, Kenneth Duncan, Alden Chase, Joseph
Girard, Corbett Harris.
||A masked detective known as The Spider battles a masked
villain known as The Gargoyle, who can take over machines by remote control.
Also released as an 86 minute feature.
SPIDER WOMAN (1944/Universal) BW. 61mins. (5606 feet) US.
Aka: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPIDERWOMAN; SHERLOCK HOLMES IN PERIL.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Roy William Neill; Sc:
Bertram Millhauser; Ph: Charles Van Enger; Ed: William Austin; Art: John B. Goodman &
Martin Obzina; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Edward R. Robinson; Tech: Paul Neal; Mus:
Hans J. Salter. From "The Sign Of Fear" by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce,
Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey,
Mary Gordon, Vernon Downing, Alec Craig, Angelo Rossitto,
Arthur Hohl, Teddy Infuhr, Stanley Logan, Lydia Bilbrook, Donald Stuart, John Burton,
Belle Mitchell, Harry Cording, John Roche, John Rogers,
Wilson Benge, George Kirby, Jimmy Aubrey, Marie de Becker, Sylvia Andrews, Arthur
Stenning, Frank Benson, Gene Stutenroth.
"Trapped in the Deadly Web of a Silken Killer!"
The strange "pyjama suicides" plaguing London have baffled the police, but
Holmes, (Rathbone), and Watson, (Bruce), investigate the case and find that female arch
criminal Adrea Spedding, (Sondergaard), is using a midgit to put poisonous African spiders
into houses of people on which she has secured large insurance policies. The venom of the
creatures drives the victims to suicide.
One of the better Universal Holmes adaptations with the addition of some macabre touches.
Universal procured the rights to Sherlock Holmes from Twentieth Century Fox and began
their series also starring Basil Rathbone with SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR in
Sultry Gale Sondergaard described by Holmes as "a female Moriarty" was signed to
a lengthy contract by the studio on the strength of this film and appears again as the
"Spiderwoman" in The Spider Woman Strikes Back.
THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK (1946/Universal/Welsch)
59mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Lubin; Prod: Howard Welsch; Sc: Eric Taylor; Ph: Paul Ivano; Ed:
Ray Snyder; Art: John B. Goodman & Abraham Grossman; Sets: Russell A. Gausman &
Ralph Warrington; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Tech: Robert
Pritchard; Mus: Milton Rosen.
Cast: Brenda Joyce, Gale Sondergaard, Kirby Grant, Rondo Hatton, Milburn Stone, Hobart Cavanaugh, Norman Leavitt,
Eva Mudge, Guy Beach, Guy Wilkerson, Horace Murphy, Hans Herbert, Bill Sundholm.
"Mistress of Menace!"
In the cattle town of Domingo, the apparently blind Zenofia Dollard, (Sondergaard), aided
by her mute manservant Mario, (Hatton), breeds carnivorous plants named Drochenemas that
are fed on human blood and live spiders. The poison Zenobia collects from the plants is
used to kill off competitor's cows while her companion Jean Kingsley, (Joyce), almost
becomes plant food after being drugged.
A badly directed mystery thriller that seems much longer than it is. Sondergaard disliked
the film so intensely that a proposed "Spider Woman" film series never
SPIDERS (1919) see Die Spinnen
THE SPIDER'S WEB (1938/Columbia)
Serial. 15 Chapters. BW. US.
Aka: THE SPIDER-MASTER OF MEN.
Credits: Dir: Ray Taylor & James W. Horne; Prod: Irving Briskin & Jack Fier;
Sc: Robert E. Kent, Basil Dickey, George Plympton & Mart Ramson; Ph: Allen Siegler;
Ed: Richard Fantl; Mus: Morris W. Stoloff. Based on the stories from "The
Cast: Warren Hull, Iris Meredith, Richard Fiske, Kenneth Duncan, Forbes Murray,
Donald Douglas, Charles C. Wilson, Marc Lawrence, Lane Chandler, Nestor Paiva, Ernie
Adams, Al Ferguson, Tom London, Edmund Cobb, Gloria Blondell, Ann Doran.
The masked Spider battles a villain known as The Octopus who is trying to seize control of
the entire transportation system of America, using his television spy devices, a death-ray
gun and sonic torture.
THE SPIES (1927) see Der Spione
SPIFFKINS EATS FROGS (1912/Lux) 100 feet (1 reel).
BW. Silent. France.
The title character eats frogs and subsequently changes into one.
DIE SPINNEN (1919/Decla Bioscop)
137mins. BW. & Tinted Colour. Silent. Germany.
Aka: THE SPIDERS.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Fritz Lang; Prod: Erich Pommer; Ph: Emile Schunemann (Pt.1) & Karl Freund
(Pt.2); Art: Otto Hunte & Carl Kirmse; Sets: Hermann Warm & Heinrich Umlauff.
Cast: Lil Dagover, Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg
John, Paul Morgan, Bruno Lettinger, Edgar Pauly, Paul Biensfeldt, Friedrich Kuehne,
Meinhart Maur, Gilda Langer.
Intrepid explorer and adventurer Kai Hoog, (de Vogt), encounters an evil spider cult of
supercriminals led by an elegant millionairesss, (Orla), while searching for a mystical
diamond in a subterranean Incan city.
The first two parts DER GOLDENE SEE (The Golden Lake) at 1900 metres and DAS BRILLANTEN
SCHIFF (The Diamond Ship) at 2219 metres, of this never completed four part serial is
filled with lost civilisations, human sacrifice, pirate treasure and numerous perils for
the hero. An exciting curio and the earliest of Lang's films to survive with striking
similarities to Louis Feuillade's Fantomas serial.
Parts 3 and 4. "Secrets of the Sphinx" and "For the Crown of Asia"
A restored version of surviving footage includes colour tinted scenes and a music score by
DER SPIONE (1927/UFA.) 5 reels.
BW. Silent. Germany. Aka: THE SPIES.
Credits: Dir & Prod: Fritz Lang; Sc: Fritz Lang
& Thea von Harbou; Ph: Fritz Arno Wagner; Art: Otto Hunte & Karl Volbrecht; Mus:
Werner R. Heymann.
Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy
Fritsch, Lupu Pick, Fritz Rasp, Lien Deyers, Craighall Sherry, Julius Falkenstein, Georg
John, Paul Rehkopf, Paul Harbiger, Louis Ralph, Hermann Vallentin, Grete Berber, Hertha
Wheelchair bound criminal mastermind Haghi, (Klein-Rogge), who directs a vast network of
thieves and killers from a secret location is threatened by Agent 326, (Fritsch).
An intense melodrama resurrecting the master-criminal theme first utilised by Lang in Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922), and continuing with Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933).
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE
(1946/RKO.) 83mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Siodmak; Prod: Dore Schary; Sc: Mel Dinelli; Ph: Nicholas
Musuraca; Ed: Harry Marker & Harry Gerstad; Art: Albert S.
D'Agostino & Jack Okey; Sfx: Vernon L. Walker; Mus: Roy Webb. From "Some Must
Watch" by Ethel Lina White.
Cast: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming,
Gordon Oliver, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams,
James Bell, Charles Wagenheim, Ellen Corby, Richard Tyler, Erville Alderson, Myrna Dell.
"Vibrant beyond suspense!"
A spate of killings surround a mansion in New England during 1906, but the victims are
unique in that they are all women who have some sort of physical defect. At the mansion a
young mute woman, (McGuire), looking after a bedridden eccentric, (Barrymore), suspects
she is the killer's next target.
A well crafted suspense thriller with ground breaking eye-of-the-killer shots and a
msterful mix of light and shadow heightened by the sinister performances from the cast.
Ethel Barrymore received an Academy Award nomination.
THE SPIRIT (1909/Gaumont) 1 reel. BW. Silent.
Features a medium and spiritualism.
THE SPIRIT OF THE LAKE (1909/Cines) 1 reel. BW.
Features sea nymphs, an apparition and a bewitched knight.
THE SPIRIT OF THE LIGHT (1911/Vitagraph) BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: J. Stuart Blackton.
A vision of a dead girl forces a man to return to tending a lighthouse.
THE SPIRIT OF THE SWORD (1910/Pathe) 480 feet (1
reel). BW. Silent. France.
A soldier's magic sword frightens a servant ordered to fetch it.
THE SPIRIT OF '23 (1922/C.B.C.) 3 reels. BW. Silent.
Features a skeleton.
A SPIRITED ELOPMENT (1915/Edison) BW. Silent. US.
Cast: William Wadsworth, Viola Dane.
SPIRITISM (1920) see Spiritismo
SPIRITISME ABRACADABRANT (1900/Star
Film) 65 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: UP-TO-DATE SPIRITUALISM.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
SPIRITISMO (1920) BW. Silent.
Italy. Aka: SPIRITISM.
Cast: Francesca Bertina.
SPIRITISTEN (1914) BW. Silent.
Denmark. Aka: THE GHOSTS.
Credits: Dir: Holger Madsen; Ph: Clausen.
Depicts ghosts and spiritualism.
SPIRITS FREE OF DUTY (1915/Horseshoe) 14mins. BW.
A man scares a farmer to death by posing as a ghost.
THE SPIRITUALIST (1948) see The
Amazing Mr. X
A SPIRITUALIST PHOTOGRAPHER (1903) see La Portrait Spirite
A SPIRITUALISTIC CONVERT (1912/Pathe) 1 reel. BW.
A maid studying mysticism gains occult powers.
A SPIRITUALISTIC MEETING (1906) see Fantome d'Alger
SPIRITUALISTIC SEANCE (1908/Pathe) 5mins. (300
feet). BW. Silent. France.
Spirits and a supernatural manifestation occur at a seance.
A SPIRITUALISTIC SEANCE (1910) see Seance de Spiritisme
A SPIRITUALISTIC SEANCE (1911/Pathe) 1 reel. BW.
A man who scoffs at the supernatural is tormented by demons.
SPOKET PA BRAGEHUS (1936/Irefilm)
Credits: Dir: Tancred Ibsen & Ragnar Arvedson; Sc: Fleming Lynge; Ph: Ole
Cast: Adolf Jahr, Anna Lisa-Eriksson, Tollie Zellman.
A horror comedy based on an old Norwegan play.
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION (1902/Pathe) 85 feet. BW.
Credits: Dir: Ferdinand Zecca.
A man combusts in a cloud of smoke.
SPOOK BUSTERS (1946/Monogram) 68mins.
Credits: Dir: William Beaudine; Prod: Jan Grippo; Sc: Edmond Seward & Tim Ryan;
Ph: Harry Neumann; Ed: Richard Currier & William Austin; Mus: Edward J. Kay.
Cast: Douglas Dumbrille, Huntz Hall, Charles Middleton,
Bernard Gorcey, Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Billy Benedict, Gabriel Dell, Tanis Chandler,
David Gorcey, Richard Alexander.
The Bowery Boys decide to become ghost exterminators and encounter a mad scientist who has
decided that one of the Boys', (Hall), brains would be suitable to transfer into a gorilla
and further his experiments.
Cheap nonsense from the long series of quickly made Bowery Boys films.
SPOOK LOUDER (1943/Columbia) 2 reels. BW.
Credits: Dir: Del Lord; Prod: Hugh McCollum; Sc: Clyde Bruckman; Ph: John Stumar; Ed:
Cast: The Three Stooges, Stanley Blystone, William Kelly, Symona Boniface, Charles Middleton.
The Three Stooges encounter an eccentric inventor at a haunted house.
SPOOK TO ME (1945/Columbia) 2 reels. BW. US.
Credits: Dir & Sc: Harry Edwards. From a story by Edward Bernds.
Cast: Andy Clyde, Vi Barlow, Frank Hagney, Dick Botiller, Wally Rose, Lulu Mae
A comedy set in a haunted house.
SPOOKS (1912/Pathe) 900 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A man has a vision of his dead brother.
BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Jack White & Robert Kerr.
Cast: Lige Conley.
To win a prize a person spends a night in a wax museum.
SPOOKS AT SCHOOL (1903/Biograph) 28 feet. BW.
A magician in a white sheet conjures up a line of children from underneath a series of
SPOOKS RUN WILD (1941/Monogram)
65mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Phil Rosen; Prod: Sam Katzman & Pete Mayer; Sc: Carl Foreman &
Charles R. Marion, Ph: Marcel Le Picard; Ed: Robert Golden; Mus: Lange & Porter.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey,
Dave O'Brien, "Sunshine" Sammy Morrison, Donald Haines, Dorothy Short, Dennis
Moore, Rosemary Portia, Guy Wilkerson, Angelo Rossitto, Joe
Kirk, Jack Carr, P.J. Kelly.
The goofy East Side Kids are sent to a summer camp for underpriviledged boys, but take
refuge at an abandoned mansion when Mugsy is wounded and encounter a mysterious killer
known as The Monster, (Lugosi), and his midgit assistant, (Rossitto).
Lugosi's second film assignment for Sam Katzman is a dated and lame haunted house comedy
that exploits Lugosi's Dracula image, even to the point of featuring a Van Helsing-like
character named Van Grosch, (Moore).
THE SPRING FAIRY (1902) see La Fee Printemps
THE SPRING FAIRY (1906) see La Fee
SPUK IM OPERNHAUS (1940/R.A. Stemmle) BW. Germany.
A girl attempts to prevent a murder she has seen in a vision.
SPUK IM SCHLOSS (1945) BW.
Germany. Aka: GHOST IN THE CASTLE
Credits: Dir & Sc: Hans H. Zerlett; Mus: Leo Leux.
Cast: Paul Kemp, Sonja Ziemann, Margot Hielscher, Albert Matterstock.
Ghosts are featured.
STAR OF INDIA (1913/Blache Features
Inc.) 4 reels. BW. Silent.
Credits: Alice Guy-Blache.
The owners of a gemstone stolen from a statue of Buddha die horribly.
THE STAR ROVER (1920/Metro) 7 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Edward Sloman; Sc: Albert Shelby Le Vino; Ph: Jackson Rose; Art: Edward
Schulter. From a story by Jack London.
Cast: Courtenay Foote, Thelma Percy, Jack Carlysle.
A suspected murderer interrogated by the police, lives through his previous incarnations.
STARK MAD (1929/Warner) Sound Version: 6681 feet.
(Silent: 4917 feet). BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Lloyd Bacon; Sc: Robert Lord & Harvey Gates; Ph: Frank Kesson &
Barney McGill; Titles: Francis Powers. From a story by Jerome Kingston.
Cast: H.B. Warner, Louis Fazenda, Claude Gillingwater, Jacqueline Logan, Henry B.
Walthall, John Miljan, Lionel Belmore, Audrey Ferris, Andre Beranger, Irene Rich, William
A man, (Gillingwater), organises an expedition to Central America when his son goes
missing, but only finds his son's guide, (Beranger), now a gibbering idiot after his
experiences in the jungle. While camping near a ruin of a Mayan temple with an ape
mysteriously chained to a wall, the expedition receive warnings to leave the area. When
the missing man's fiancee is abducted by a hairy taloned monster, the expedition leader
discovers that a demented hermit living at the temple with his pets had killed his son
A routine "old-dark-house" mystery is relocated to a jungle setting.
THE STARTLED LOVER (1902/Biograph) 23 feet. BW. Silent. US.
A girl transforms into a living skeleton and then returns to normal.
LA STATUE DE NEIGE (1899/Star Film) 65
feet. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE SNOW MAN.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Features an animated snowman.
DER STEINERNE REITER: EINE
FILMBALLADE (1923/Decla Bioscop). 70mins. BW. Silent. Germany. Aka: THE STONE RIDER.
Credits: Dir: Fritz Wendhausen; Prod: Erich Pommer; Sc:
Thea von Harbou & Fritz Wendhausen; Ph: Karl Hoffman & Gunther Rittau; Sets:
Heinrich Heuser; Mus: Guiseppe Becce.
Cast: Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Lucie Mannheim, Georg John, Fritz Kampers, Gustav von
Wagenheim, Paul Biensfeldt, Emilia Unda, Grete Berger, William Diegelmann, Otto Framer.
An elderly man recalls before the valley community assembled together for a wedding feast
the legend of the Stone Rider, (Klein-Rogge), a master of the mountains who descended into
the valley to ruin a similar wedding feast. The understandably enraged groom, (von
Wagenheim), lunges at the Stone Rider with a knife, but accidentally stabs his intended
bride instead. Her sister plots to avenge the bride's death and travels to the Stone
Rider's fortress carved out of the rocks to murder him, but instead they fall in love and
transform in to part of the mountain landscape.
A bizarre fantasy containing striking sets and a host of grotesque characters.
THE STING OF DEATH (1921/Screen Plays) 1200 feet.
BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Fred Paul; Sc: Norman Ramsay.
Cast: Fred Paul, Lionel D'Aragon.
THE STONE RIDER (1923) see Der
Steinerne Reiter: Eine Filmballade
THE STORY OF A MADMAN (1915) see La
Folie du Docteur Tube
THE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL (1924) 2 reels. BW.
From the tale by the Brothers Jacob and William Grimm.
THE STORY OF THE BLOOD-RED ROSE (1914/Selig) 3000
feet. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Colin Campbell; Prod: William G. Selig; Sc: James Oliver Curwood.
Cast: Kathlyn Williams, Wheeler Oakman, Charles Clary, Camille Astor, Eugenie
A witch's potion transforms a girl into a white rose. When the girl's lover is killed, his
blood turns the rose blood-red and their spirits depart to the other world together.
From a fairy tale.
STRANGE ADVENTURE (1932/Monogram)
70mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE WAYNE MURDER CASE.
Credits: Dir: Phil Whitman & Hampton Del Ruth; Prod: Trem Carr; Ex Prod: I.E.
Chadwick; Sc: Lee Chadwick; Ph: Leon Shamroy. From a story by Arthur Hoerl.
Cast: Regis Toomey, June Clyde, Lucille LaVerne, William
V. Mong, Jason Robards, Eddie Phillips, Dwight Frye,
Isabelle Vecki, Alan Roscoe, Nadine Dore, Fred "Snowflake" Toombes, William J.
Humphrey, Harry Myers, Eddy Chandler.
||As old Silas Wayne, (Mong), reads his will to his
relatives gathered at his dark mansion, a knife is thrust into his heart. Lieutenant
Mitchell, (Toomey), and pretty reporter Toodles, (Clyde), arrive at the mansion to try and
identify the hooded killer.
A commendale variation of the "old-dark-house" theme and one of the earliest
productions from Monogram Pictures Corp., formed after several independent companies
THE STRANGE ADVENTURE OF DAVID GRAY (1931)
STRANGE ADVENTURES OF A NEW YORK DRUMMER (1899/Edison)
65 feet. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: William S. Porter.
Stop-motion techniques are employed to create ghosts and disappearances in a haunted
THE STRANGE CASE OF CAPTAIN RAMPER (1928) see Ramper der
THE STRANGE CASE
OF DOCTOR RX (1942/Universal) 66mins. BW. US.
Aka: DR. RX.
Credits: Dir: William Nigh; A.Prod: Jack Bernhard; Sc: Clarence Upson-Young; Ph:
Elwood Bredell; Ed: Bernard W. Burton; Art: Jack Otterson & Martin Obzina; Sets:
Russell A. Gausman; Tech: Charles Carroll; Mus: Hans J. Salter.
Cast: Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Samuel S. Hinds, Mona Barrie, Mantan Moreland,
Shemp Howard, Paul Cavanagh, Edmund MacDonald, John Gallaudet, William Gould, Leland
Hodgson, Jan Wiley, Mary Gordon, Boyd Davis, Gary Breckner, Matty Fain, Eddy Chandler, Ray
"Crash" Corrigan, Victor Zimmerman, Selmar Jackson, Harry Harvey, Paul Bryar,
Joe Recht, Drew Demarest, Leonard Sues, Jack Kennedy, Jack C. Smith.
A mysterious hooded murderer named Dr. Rx murders criminals that have escaped imprisonment
due to legal loopholes. Private investigator Jerry Church, (Knowles), teams up with his
wife Kit Logan, (Gwynne), a mystery writer and amateur sleuth to investigate the spate of
mysterious killings, but Church is captured by the madman who intends to transfer his
brain into Bongo, his caged ape, (Corrigan).
A good cast tries their best to carry this absurd mystery thriller.
THE STRANGE CASE OF PRINCESS KHAN (1914/Selig)
2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Aka: HOW LOVE CONQUERED HYPNOTISM.
Credits: Dir: Edward J. LeSaint; Prod: William G. Selig. From a story by James Oliver
Cast: Stella Razeto, Jack McDonald, Guy Oliver.
A girl finds herself under the spell of a hypnotist.
STRANGE CONFESSION (1945/Universal)
62mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE MISSING HEAD.
Credits: Dir: John Hoffman; Prod: Ben Pivar; Sc: M. Coates Webster. Ph: Maury
Gertsman; Ed: Russell Schoengarth; Art: John B. Goodman & Abraham Grossman; Sets:
Russell A. Gausman & Andrew J. Gilmore; Tech: Jess Moulin; Mus: Hans J. Salter &
Frank Skinner. Based on the play "The Man Who Reclaimed His Head" by Jean Bart
(Marie Antoinette Sarlabous). An "Inner Sanctum Mystery" produced by arrangement
with Simon & Schuster Inc.
Cast: Lon Chaney Jnr., J.
Carrol Naish, Brenda Joyce, Milburn Stone, Lloyd Bridges, Addison Richards, George
Chandler, Mary Gordon, Gregory Muradian, Wilton Graff, Francis McDonald, Jack Norton,
Christian Rub, Leland Hodgson, Ian Wolfe, Wheaton Chambers, Edward Mahler, David Hoffman,
Carl Vernell, Beatrice Roberts, Jack Perrin, William Desmond, Arthur Thalasso, Charles
Jordan, Jody Gilbert, David Hoffman, E ric Mayne, Ella Ethridge, Jack Davidson, James
Carlisle, Brod O'Farrel, Tony Santoro, Carlyle Blackwell Jnr., Lois Austin, Ann Lawrence,
Dorothy Reisner, Gene Garrick, Sam Woolfe.
Jeff Carter, (Chaney), a concientious chemist is more concerned with h elping humanity
than reaping any financial reward, therefore his employer Roger Graham, (Naish), put's the
chemist to work on a drug named Zymurgine, a powder to be used to treat colds, influenza
and pneumonia. When an epidemic hits New York, Graham manufactures and markets the
untested powder before Jeff has finished the formula in South America, resulting in the
death of Carter's young son. Jeff's wife Mary, (Joyce), intends to kill Graham, but when
Jeff returns from South America and learns of the boy's death he becomes temporarily
insane and attacks Graham, hacking off his head with a bolo-knife.
A remake of Universal's The Man Who Reclaimed his Head (1934) and
arguably the best of the six film "Inner Sanctum" mystery series.
Re-released by Realart under the alternate title in 1953.
STRANGE HOLIDAY (1934) see Death
Takes a Holiday
STRANGE IMPERSONATION (1945/Republic) 68mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Anthony Mann; Prod: William Wilder; Sc: Mindret Lord; Ph: Robert W.
Pittock; Ed: John F. Link; Mu: Bud Westmore; Mus: Alexander Laszlo. From a story by Anne
Wigton & Lewis Herman.
Cast: Brenda Marshall, William Gargan, Hilary Brooke, George Chandler, Lyle
An experimental anesthetic causes a patient to suffer from a nightmare in which an
explosion causes disfigurement.
THE STRANGE MR. GREGORY (1945/Monogram) 64mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Phil Rosen; Prod: Louis Berkoff & Edward Kovacs; Sc: Charles S.
Belden; Ph: Ira S. Morgan; Ed: Seth Larsen; Mus: Edward Kay. From a story by Myles
Cast: Edmund Lowe, Don Douglas, Jean Rogers, Marjorie Hoshelle, Robert Emmett
Keane, Jonathan Hale, Jack Norton.
A villainous practitioner of the black arts, (Lowe), places himself into a death-like
trance and attempts to win the affections of a girl by pretending to be his own brother.
A complex low budget crime thriller with deft horror touches.
STRANGE PEOPLE (1933/Chesterfield
Motion Picture Corp.) 64mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Richard Thorpe; Prod: George R.
Batcheller; Sc: Jack Townley; Ph: M.A. Anderson; Ed: Vera Wood; Art: Edward C. Jewell;
Mus: Abe Meyer.
Cast: John Darrow, Gloria Shea, Hale Hamilton, Wilfred Lucas, J. Frank Glendon, Michael S. Visaroff, Jack Pennick, Jerry Mandy, Lew Kelly, Jane
Keckley, Walter Brennan, Mary Foy, Frank H. LaRue, Stanley G. Blystone, Jay Wilsey, Gordon
Twelve former members of a jury who convicted a young man for murder a year ago are
assembled at a large country house ostensibly to be interviewed for employment. The owner
of the house, John Davis, (Lucas), is a supposed victim of the condemned man, but amongst
the secret passeways that honeycomb the house, a strange killer is loose, and the
collected guest's lives are in jeopardy.
|Filmed on the Universal city backlot in the house used for
The Old Dark House (1932), and the cellar and graveyard props from Frankenstein (1931).
STRANGE UNKNOWN (1915/Lubin) 3 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Sc: William H. Ratterman.
Cast: Lee C. Shumway, George Routh, Helen Eddy, Dorothy Barrett, Melvin Mayo.
Features a house haunted by a woman's ghost.
STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940/RKO)
60mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Boris Ingster; Prod: Lee Marcus; Sc: Frank Partos; Ph: Nicholas
Musuraca; Ed: Harry Marker; Art: Van Nest Polglase & Albert
D'Agostino; Sfx: Vernon L. Walker; Mus: Roy Webb. From a story by Frank Partos.
Cast: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet,
Charles Waldron, Elisha Cook Jnr., Charles Halton, Ethel Griffies, Cliff Clark, Oscar
O'Shea, Alec Craig, Otto Hoffman.
Michael Ward, (McGuire), a reporter for the New York Star newspaper discovers that his
testimony used to convict young Briggs, (Cook Jnr.), to the electric chair for murder was
incorrect. The real culprit is a violent maniac, (Lorre), who is seen prowling around
Ward's living quarters in the heart of Brooklyn.
A stylish thriller with a memorable dream sequence demonstrating the ease with which
someone could be convicted of murder.
Later the film was appreciated as being one of the first "film noir"
STRANGERS OF THE EVENING (1932/Tiffany Pictures
Corp.) 71mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: H. Bruce Humberstone; Prod: Sam Bischoff; Sc: Stuart Anthony &
Warren B. Duff; Ph: Arthur Edeson; Ed: Martin G. Cohn & Dave Berg; Sets: Ralph M.
DeLacy; Mus: Val Burton.
From the story "The Illustrious Corpse" by Tiffany Thayer.
Cast: Zasu Pitts, Lucien Littlefield, Eugene Pallette, Tully Marshall, Miriam
Seegar, Theodor von Eltz, Warner Richmond, Harold Waldridge, Mahlon Hamilton, Alan Roscoe,
Charles Williams, William Scott, James Burtis, Francis Sayles, Hal Price.
"Horror and Hilarity, Mystery and Mirth, Capering Corpses and Tangled Loves!"
In his hidden laboratory at Chandler's Undertaking Parlours, Dr. Raymond Everette, (Eltz),
receives a corpse identified as Frank Daniels, (Littlefield), but detective Brubacher,
(Pallette), inviestigates Daniels' curious death when an amnesiac wanders into the funeral
home and explains where a murder has been committed. The police book him as "Richard
Roe", but Roe turns out to be Frank Daniels who had argued with Dr. Everette over his
elopment plans to the doctor's daughter Ruth, (Seegar), and was accosted by hoodlums and
left for dead. After snoozing on the slab at the parlour, he got up and walked away.
An amusing black comedy.
THE STRANGLER (1932/BIP/British Instructional)
45mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir & Sc: Norman Lee; Prod: Walter C. Mycroft.
Cast: Jack Morrison, Molly Lamont, Lewis Drayton, Moira Lynd, Cecil Ramage, Hal
Gordon, Carol Coombe, Patrick Susands.
On a darkened stage, an actor is strangled during a dress rehersal for a murder play.
Everyone in the cast all seem suspect.
A suspensful whodunnit from the British quota period.
STRANGLER OF THE SWAMP (1945/Producers
Releasing Corp.) 60mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank Wisbar; Prod: Raoul Pagel; Sc: Frank Wisbar & Harold
Erickson; Ph: James S. Brown; Ed: Hugh Wynn; Art: Edward C. Jewell; Mu: Bud Westmore; Mus:
From the story "Ferryman Maria" by Frank Wisbar & Leo McCarthy.
Cast: Rosemary Le Planche, Robert Barratt, Blake Edwards, Charles
Middleton, Effie Parnell, Nolan Leary, Frank Conlan, Theresa Lyon, Virginia Farmer.
Maria, (La Planche), arrives in the swamplands to take over the operations of her
grandfather's ferryboat when he is killed, but she discovers that the community is haunted
by the vengeful spectre of a man hanged years before for a crime he didn't commit. The
spirit intends to kill the men responsible for his own demise, but to save the man she
loves, (Edwards), Maria offers herself to the ghost. The ghost is satisfied with this
gesture, and allows Maria to live while the ghost peaceably returns to his grave.
An unusually eerie and effective production from the studios that specialised in cheap
Wisbar makes his directorial debut, remaking his own story filmed previously in Germany as
FAHRMAN MARIA (1935) starring Sybille Schmitz.
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