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STRANGLER'S MORGUE
(1936) see The Crimes of Stephen Hawke

STRASNAJA MEST (1913/Khanzhonkov) 4925 feet. BW. Silent. Russia.
Aka: THE TERRIBLE VENGEANCE; LOVE TAKES HIS VENGEANCE.
Credits: Dir., Sc. & Ph: Ladislaw Starewicz; Prod: Joseph N. Ermolieff. Based on a story by Gogol.
Cast: Ivan Mosjoukine, Olga Obolenskaya, V. Turzhansky, P. Knorr.
A fantasy featuring a witch, (Mosjoukine).

LA STREGA DE SIVIGLIA (1911/Itala) 13mins. (1 reel). BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: THE WITCH OF SEVILLE.
Spirits haunt those who wear a witch's enchanted cap.

THE STRONGER MIND (1912/Selig Polyscope Co.) 1000 feet (2 reels). BW. Silent. US.
Features a detective who is also a hypnotist.

STRONGER THAN DEATH (1915/Rex/Universal) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Joseph De Grasse; Sc: Bess Meredyth.
Cast: Lon Chaney, Louise Carabasse, Arthur Shirley, Millard K. Wilson.
While undergoing an operation, a woman's spirit leaves her body and encounters the spirit of her late husband who releases her from her promise to love only him.

THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE (1913)
see Der Student von Prag: Ein Romantisches Drama

THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE (1926) see Der Student Von Prag

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THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE
(1935) BW. Austria.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Robison; Sc: Hans Kyser; Ph: Bruno Mondi; Art: Hermann Warm; Mus: Theo Mackeben. Based on the short story "William Wilson" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Adolph Wohlbrock (Anton Walbrook), Dorothy Wieck, Theodor Loos, Erich Fiedler, Edna Greyff, Carl Hellmer, Volker von Collande, Fritz Genschow, Elsa Wagner, Franz Zimmerman.
Filmed in Vienna and featuring several musical numbers, with little of the haunting qualities of its predecessors.

DER STUDENT VON PRAG: EIN ROMANTISCHES DRAMA (1913/Apex/Bioscop) 85mins. (5046feet). Silent. Germany.
Aka: A BARGAIN WITH SATAN; THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE; FROM LIFE TO DEATH; FLIGHT TO THE SUN.

Credits: Dir: D. Stellan Rye; Prod: Paul Wegener; Sc: Hanns Heinz Ewers & Paul Wegener; Ph: Guido Seeber; Des: Robert A. Deitrich & Kurt Richter; A.Dir: Henrik Galeen. Based on the poem "The December Night" by Alfred D. Musset, the novel by Hanns Heinz Ewers and from "William Wilson" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Paul Wegener, Lyda Salmonova, Lothar Korner, John Gottowt, Grete Berger, Fritz Weidmann.

Struggling student Balduin, (Wegener), meets Dr. Scapinelli, (Gottowt), who offers him 100 thousand gold pieces in return for his reflection. Now extremely wealthy, Balduin courts an aristocratic lady, (Berger), and is challenged to a duel by the lady's fiance Baron Waldis, (Korner). Although promising not to harm the Baron, Balduin is purposely delayed for the meeting at the appointed spot by Scapinelli, who disguised as Balduin kills the Baron and the student is disgraced for not honouring his word. Eventually Balduin shoots his reflection, but he falls to the ground, dead. Scapinelli, who reveals himself to be the Devil, appears to claim his soul.
A variation of the Faust theme originally tinted brown, green and blue, filmed at Belvedere Castle, Alchemist Street in Prague and at Furstenberg and Lobkowitz palaces.
The film was hailed as the first artistically important German production, and established a wider market for Germany's motion pictures.
For religious reasons, the Jewish community refused to allow filming to take place in the old cemetery. Instead, large medieval tombstones were erected in a forest nearby.
Paul Wegener, who worked in close collaboration with the Danish director D. Stellan Rye, quickly realised the potential film possessed, and continued to develop an interest for the "doppelganger" theme.
D. Stellan Rye died the following year in a French hospital in Flanders after injuries sustained during the fighting at Ypres.

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DER STUDENT VON PRAG
(1926)

SUCKER MONEY (1933/Kent) 70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Dorothy Reid & Melville Shyer; Prod. & Sc: Willis Kent; Ph: James Diamond; Ed: S. Roy Luby.
Cast: Mischa Auer, Phyllis Barrington, Ralph Lrwis, Mae Busch, Mona Lisa, Earl McCarthy, Al Bridge, Anita Faye.
A reporter, (McCarthy), investigates a phoney medium, (Auer), and a hypnotised woman comes out of a trance when the villain who hypnotised her dies.

THE SUICIDE CLUB (1909/Biograph) 5mins. BW. Silent. US.
A club of gamblers draw lots to see which one of their members is to die, and who will be their executioner.

THE SUICIDE CLUB (1914/Apex/British & Colonial) 3386 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Maurice Elvey.
Cast: Montague Love, Elizabeth Risdon, Fred Groves, M. Gray Murray, A.V. Bramble.
A club of gamblers draw lots to see which one of their members is to die, and who will be their executioner.

SULOCHANA (1934/Imperial) BW. India. Aka: TEMPLE BELLS.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Chaudhury; Ph: Adi Irani.
Cast: Sulochana, D. Billimoria, Chandra, Zilloo, Hadi, Gulam Mahomed.
An elixir brings a dead girl back to life.

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SUMMONING THE SPIRITS
(1899) see Vocation Spirite

SUPER-SLEUTH (1937/RKO) 75mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Benjamin Stoloff; Prod: Edward Small; Sc: Gertrude Purcell & Ernest Pagano; Ph: Joseph H. August; Ed: William Hamilton; Art: Van Nest Polglase; Sfx: Vernon L. Walker. Based on the play by Harry Segall.
Cast: Jack Oakie, Ann Sothern, Edgar Kennedy, Eduardo Cianelli, Alan Bruce, Joan Woodbury, Paul Guilfoyle, Willie Best, Paul Hurst.
The owner of a horror house at an amusement park is troubled by a killer at large in the wax museum.
A comedy with horrific undertones.

EL SUPERLOCO (1936/PCE.) BW. Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Juan Jose Segura.
Cast: Leopoldo Ortin, Carlos Villarias, Consuelo Frank, Ramon Armengod, Raul Urquijo, Emilio "Indian" Fernandez.
Insane Dr. Dyenis performs a bizarre brain experiment on his monster, (Urquijo).
A scientist, (Villarias), is working on a serum to combat aging. In the basement is an apeman locked in a dungeon and the scientist has a Hindu servant who goes about scaring people.
Most of the film is devoted to the comic antics of a loveable drunk, (Ortin), who pals around with one of the doctors investigating the scientist's mysterious experiments.

the bizarre climax has the scientist trying to ravish the heroine when he suddenly becomes old. The apeman escapes and throws the scientist to his death out of the window.
An obscure Mexican comedy that reworks Chaney's A Blind Bargain and elements of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
Emilio Fernandez later became a director and appeared as a villain in a number of Sam Peckinpah westerns.

SUPERMAN (1948/Columbia) BW. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: Spencer Gordon Bennet & Thomas Carr; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: Arthur Hoerl, Lewis Clay & Royal Cole; Ph: Ira H. Morgan; Ed: Earl Turner; Art: Paul Palmentola; Mus: Mischa Bakaleinikoff. Based on the Mutual Network radio broadcast and the "Action Comics" feature by Jerome Siegel & Joe Schuster.
Cast: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond, Carol Forman, George Meeker, Jack Ingram, Charles Quigley, Pierre Watkin, Terry Frost, Charles King, Herbert Rawlinson, Forrest Taylor, Stephen Carr, Rusty Wescoatt.
The man from Krypton, (Alyn), poses as Clark Kent, a mild mannered reporter to combat the Spider Lady.
A lively serial with plenty of excitement that was later edited and released as an 88 minute feature.

SUPERNATURAL (1933/Paramount) 64mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Victor Halperin; Prod: Victor Halperin & Edward Halperin; Sc: Harvey Thew & Brian Marlow; Ph: Arthur Martinelli; Art: Hans Drier. From a story by Garnett Weston.
Cast: Carole Lombard, Allan Dinehart, Vivienne Osborne, Randolph Scott, H.B. Warner, Beryl Mercer, William Farnum, Willard Robertson, George Burr MacAnnan, Lyman Williams.
"Beneath her mask of beauty...Lurks the spirit of a demon...She's a female Jekyll & Hyde!"
"Her heart cried out for love...yet her hands reached out to destroy!"

A fake spiritualist, (Dinehart), betrays his associate Ruth Rogen, (Osborne), to the police and being a three times murderess, she is sent to the electric chair. Claiming to have contacted wealthy heiress Roma Courtney's, (Lombard), recently departed brother, the spiritualist sets about his fraudalent intentions. However, when Courtney's doctor experiments with Rogen's body to prove his theories of the transmigration of souls, the vengeful spirit of Rogen possesses Roma's body and kills the evil spiritualist. Her vengeance now satisfied, Roma comes to from the trance and returns to normal.
The Halperin brothers' second feature for Paramount following their successful White Zombie (1932), is an average ghost story with some style in the opening scenes.
Overall this is a creaky melodrama that shows none of the Halperin flair of WHITE ZOMBIE.

SUPERNATURAL POWER (1912/Pathe) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
A seance is interrupted by the appearance of spirits.

THE SUPREME POWER (1912/Powers) BW. Silent. US.
The angel of Death shows a despairing mother the tragic life ahead if her child had lived.

SURE CURE FOR INDIGESTION (1902) see Une Indigestion

SVENGALI (1914/Wiener Kunstfilm) 6 reels. BW. Silent. Austria. Aka: DER HYPNOTISEUR.
Credits: Dir: Luise Kolm & Jakob Fleck. From the novel "Trilby" by George Du Maurier.
Cast: Frl. Nording, Ferdinand Bonn.

SVENGALI (1927/Terra Film) BW. Silent. Germany.
Credits: Dir: Gennaro Righelli & H. Grund; Sc: Max Glass; Art: Hans Jacoby.
From the novel "Trilby" by George Du Maurier.
Cast: Paul Wegener, Anita Dorris, Alexander Granach, Andre Mattoni.
Svengali, (Wegener), commands a young girl's thoughts and actions with his powers of hypnotism.

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SVENGALI
(1931/Warner/Vitaphone) 83mins. BW. US. Shooting title: TRIBLY.
Credits: Dir: Archie Mayo; Sc: J. Grubb Alexander; Ph: Barney McGill; Ed: William Holmes; Art: Anton Grot; Sfx: Fred W. Jackman & Hans F. Koenekamp; Mus: David Mendoza.
From the novel "Trilby" by George Du Maurier.
Cast: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, Bramwell Fletcher, Carmel Meyers, Lumsden Hare, Luis Alberni, Paul Porcasi, Ferike Boros, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Yola D'Avril, Henry Otto.
"All Paris desired her, but Svengali owned her! Weirdest romance ever pictured! With the screen's genius and his new find!"
Svengali, (Barrymore), an impoverished opportunist teaching m usic in 1890's Paris, but he is also an evil hypnotist who mesmerizes a woman named Trilby O'Farrell, (Marsh), to acheive fame with her singing in the hope that she will love him. To this end Svengali tries to control her, but although he can control her voice, he cannot control her heart.
The first sound adaptation of du Maurier's popular novel is turned into a Victorian melodrama with some sinister overtones and effectively bizarre sets by Polish art director Anton Grot that work superbly in tandem with Barney McGill's lighting.
Unfortunately the film fails to captivate once Barrymore is off the screen, a role he reprised in The Mad Genius released the same year.
The close up shots of Svengali's eyes were influenced by Dracula.
Photography and Art received Academy Award nominations.
Bramwell Fletcher can also be seen in The Undying Monster (1942).

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SWEENY AND THE FAIRY
(1913/Selig) 1000 feet. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod: William G. Selig.
A short fantasy film.

SWEENEY TODD (1926/British Motion Picture Association) 1000feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: George Dewhurst; Prod & Sc: P.L. Mannock; Titles: Lionel Collier.
From the play "The String of Pearls" by George Dibdin Pitt.
Cast: G.A. Baugham.
A comedy burlesque stageplay filmed for the Kinematograph Garden Party with Baugham portraying the evil Barber of Fleet street.

SWEENEY TODD (1928/QTS. Prod./Ideal) 6500feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Walter West; Prod: Harry Rowson; Sc: C. Hazelton.
From the play "The String of Pearls" by George Dibdin Pitt.
Cast: Moore Marriott, Zoe Palmer, Charles Ashton, Iris Darbyshire, Judd Green, Philip Hewland, Brian Glenny, Harry Lorraine.
A barbaric barber, (Marriott), slashes his customers with a razor and then dumps their corpses into the cellar where Mrs. Lovatt, (Darbyshire), who owns the shop next door, turns them into meat pies.
This early version of the infamous story is portrayed in one of the character's dreams.
Marriott is better remebered for his appearences in the Will Hay comedies.

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SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (1936)

SWEET DREAMS INTERMINGLED WITH NIGHTMARE (1909/Pathe) 311 feet. BW. Silent. France.
In a dream, Satan and strange little creatures appear.

A SWELLED HEAD (1902) see L'Homme a la Tete de Caoutchouc

THE SWORD AND THE KING (1909/Vitagraph) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
A ghost haunts a king after he is cursed by an old hag.

SYLVIA AND THE GHOST (1945) see Sylvie et la Fantome

SYLVIE ET LA FANTOME (1945/Ecran Francois/Discina) 93mins. BW. France.
Aka: SYLVIA AND THE GHOST.
Credits: Dir: Claude Autant-Lara; Prod: Andre Paulve; Sc: Jean Aunenche; Ph: Philippe Agostini; Ed: Madeleine Gug; Mus: Rene Cloerc. Based on a play by Alfred Adam.
Cast: Odette Joyeux, Francois Perier, Jaques Tati, Louis Salou, Pierre Larquey, Jean Desailly, Claude Marcey, Gabrielle Fontan, Marguerite Cassan.
A sixteen year old girl living in her father's castle becomes friendly with the ghost, (Tati), of a man killed in a duel fought for the love of her grandmother one hundred years ago.
A charming comedy that occasionally lacks style.

THE SYSTEM OF DR. TARR AND PROFESSOR FETHER (1912)
see Le Systeme du Docteur Goudronet du du Professeur Plume

LE SYSTEME DU DOCTEUR GOUDRON ET DU PROFESSEUR PLUME (1912/Eclair) 15mins. BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE LUNATICS; THE SYSTEM OF DR. TARR AND PROFESSOR FETHER; DR. GOUDRON'S SYSTEM; LE DOCTEUR GOUDRON ET LE PROFESSEUR PLUME; THE STORY OF A MADMAN.
Credits: Dir: Maurice Tourneur; Sc: Andre de Lord.
Derived from Andre de Lord's play and the tale by Edgar Allan Poe.

Cast: Henri Gouget, Henri Roussell, Renee Sylvaire.
When Dr. Maillard's friend decides to visit him at the asylum he governs he is shocked to discover that the doctor and the staff are the inmates' prisoners w ho are threatening to cure Dr. Maillard of insanity. "First cut out the eye, then slit the throat with a sharp knife" suggests one of the lunatics, but a gust of wind sends them cowering while the staff and Maillard escape and regain control of the madmen.
Features an unforgettable image of blood oozing from under a closed door, a vision of subdued, primal terror, which was used again by Tourneur's son Jacques in RKO's The Leopard Man (1943).
Andre de Lorde was one of the Theatre de Grand Guignol's regular writers.

 

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