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(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. France.
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.
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. France.
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 Sorcier

LE SORCIER (1903/Star Film) 220feet. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Georges Méliès.









(1917/G.B. Samuelson) 5000feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Alexander Butler; Sc: Harry Engholm. From the novel by Marie Corelli.
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.

SORROWS 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.

(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.
Cast: Ralph 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 CRIME (1941).
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.
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 Glorious Day

THE SOUL'S CYCLE (1916/Centaur/Mutual) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
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

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. Silent. France.
An innkeeper is tormented by the spirit of a man he killed.




(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: Cedric Gibbons.
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 (1929).

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. Silent. US.
A hypnotist is responsible for a murder.

SPELLBOUND (1940/Pyramid Amalgamated) 82mins. BW. UK.
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.
Credits: Dir: Ubaldo Maria Del Colle.

LO SPETTRO DI JAGO (1912/Aquila) BW. Silent. Italy.
Credits: Dir: Alberto Carlo Lolli.

LO SPETTRO DI MEZZANOTE (1915/Talia) BW. Silent. Italy.

SPETTRO VENDICATORE (1914/Roma) BW. Silent. Italy.



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 amnesia.

A SPIDER IN THE BRAIN (1912/Italia) 1 reel. BW. Silent. Italy.
A large spider that has burrowed it's way into a person's head is located with an X-Ray machine.

THE SPIDER-MASTER OF MEN (1938) see The Spider's Web

THE SPIDER RETURNS (1941/Columbia) BW. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
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.
Cast: Warren 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.
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.





































Cast: 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 1943.
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 materialised.

SPIDERS (1919) see Die Spinnen

THE SPIDER'S WEB (1938/Columbia) Serial. 15 Chapters. BW. US.
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 Spider" magazine.
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.
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" remain unfilmed.
A restored version of surviving footage includes colour tinted scenes and a music score by Gaylord Carter.

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 von Walther.
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).

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. France.
Features a medium and spiritualism.

THE SPIRIT OF THE LAKE (1909/Cines) 1 reel. BW. Silent. Italy.
Features sea nymphs, an apparition and a bewitched knight.

THE SPIRIT OF THE LIGHT (1911/Vitagraph) BW. Silent. US.
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. US.
Features a skeleton.

A SPIRITED ELOPMENT (1915/Edison) BW. Silent. US.
Cast: William Wadsworth, Viola Dane.
Features ghosts.

SPIRITISM (1920) see Spiritismo

SPIRITISME ABRACADABRANT (1900/Star Film) 65 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Features spiritualism.

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. Silent. UK.
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. Silent. France.
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. Silent. France.
A man who scoffs at the supernatural is tormented by demons.

SPOKET PA BRAGEHUS (1936/Irefilm) BW. Sweden.
Credits: Dir: Tancred Ibsen & Ragnar Arvedson; Sc: Fleming Lynge; Ph: Ole Comstedt.
Cast: Adolf Jahr, Anna Lisa-Eriksson, Tollie Zellman.
A horror comedy based on an old Norwegan play.

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION (1902/Pathe) 85 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Ferdinand Zecca.
A man combusts in a cloud of smoke.







SPOOK BUSTERS (1946/Monogram) 68mins. BW. US.
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. US.
Credits: Dir: Del Lord; Prod: Hugh McCollum; Sc: Clyde Bruckman; Ph: John Stumar; Ed: Paul Borofsky.
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 Bohrman.
A comedy set in a haunted house.



(1912/Pathe) 900 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A man has a vision of his dead brother.

SPOOKS (1922/Mermaid/Educational) 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. Silent. US.
A magician in a white sheet conjures up a line of children from underneath a series of dunce caps.

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).



(1902) see La Fee Printemps

THE SPRING FAIRY (1906) see La Fee Printemps

SPUK IM OPERNHAUS (1940/R.A. Stemmle) BW. Germany.
A girl attempts to prevent a murder she has seen in a vision.

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 Collier Jnr.
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 months earlier.
A routine "old-dark-house" mystery is relocated to a jungle setting.





















(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.
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. Silent. Germany.
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 Besserer.
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.
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 merged.


Credits: Dir: William S. Porter.
Stop-motion techniques are employed to create ghosts and disappearances in a haunted hotel.
























(1928) see Ramper der Tiermensch

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.
Credits: Dir: Edward J. LeSaint; Prod: William G. Selig. From a story by James Oliver Curwood.
Cast: Stella Razeto, Jack McDonald, Guy Oliver.
A girl finds herself under the spell of a hypnotist.

STRANGE CONFESSION (1945/Universal) 62mins. BW. US.
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. US.
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 Talbot.
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. US.
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 Connolly.
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 DeMain.
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).

THE 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.

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" productions.

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: Alexander Steinert.
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 B-movies.
Wisbar makes his directorial debut, remaking his own story filmed previously in Germany as FAHRMAN MARIA (1935) starring Sybille Schmitz.



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