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WHITHER MANKIND
(1936) see Things to Come

WHO IS "NUMBER ONE" ? (1917/Paramount) Serial. 15 episodes. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: William Bertram. From a story by Anna Katherine Green.
Cast: Kathleen Clifford, Cullen Landis.
Features an hypnotic spell, a super submarine, a vault melted by an incredible device and ghostly phenomena.

WHO KILLED AUNT MAGGIE? (1940) BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Lubin.
Cast: John Hubbard, Wendy Barrie, Edgar Kennedy, Walter Abel, Onslow Stevens, Willie Best.
At an old Southern plantation there are several dead bodies, creepy dark corridors and a black cat howling in the night.
A comedy that follows a familiar "old-dark-house" formula.

WHO KILLED DOC ROBBIN? (1948/Roach) 55mins. Colour. US.
Aka: SINISTER HOUSE.
Credits: Dir: Bernard Carr; Prod: Hal Roach & Robert F. McGowan; Sc: Maurice Geraghty & Dorothy Reid; Ph: John Boyle; Ed: Arthur Seid; Art: Jerome Pycha Jnr.; Sfx: Roy W. Seawright; Mus: Heinz Roemheld.
Cast: George Zucco, Virginia Grey, Don Castle, Whitford Kane, Clare Dubrey, Larry Olsen, Grant Mitchell, Donald King.
"It's done so funny it'll MURDER you!"
Young teenagers, Curley and his gang enter a house rumoured to be haunted and discover secret panels, draughty corridors, ectoplasmic manifestations and a mad doctor, (Zucco), who has constructed an atomic device.
An unfunny comedy made in the same farcical style as the OUR GANG series, but with an early two-tone colour process.

WHO LOOKS, PAYS (1906) see L'Homme est Satisfait

WHO'S GUILTY? (1945/Esskay Prod./Columbia) BW. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Credits: Dir: Howard Bretherton & Wallace Grissell; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: Ande Lamb & George Plympton; Ph: Ira Morgan; Ed: Earl Turner; Art: Paul Palmentola; Mus: Lee Zahler.
Cast: Robert Kent, Amelita Ward, Tim Ryan, Jayne Hazard, Minerva Urecal, Charles Middleton, Davison Clark, Wheeler Oakman, Sam Flint, Milton Kibbee, Charles King, Anthony Warde.
Eerie events take place in a haunted house.
A lively serial filled with the usual cliches.

WHOSO DIGGETH A PIT (1915/London Films) 3660 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Ralph Dewsbury; Sc: Frank Fowell.
Cast: Gerald Ames, Charles Rock, Gwynne Herbert.
A financier kills a vagrant, accidentally mistaking him for his partner, and is exposed by a doctor's injection of death stimulant.

WIE ENTSTAND DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE-DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE (1915/Greenbaum) 809 metres. Germany.
Aka: DIE SAGE VON HUND VON BASKERVILLE.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Richard Oswald.
Cast: Alwin Neuss, Frederich Kohne, Erwin Fletcher, Hilde Bork, Andreas van Horn.
Neuss portrays Sherlock Holmes in a film that was banned from German distribution until after World War One.
The title translates as "How the Hound of the Baskervilles Arose".

WIFFLES AND THE MAGIC WAND (1912/C.G.P.C.) 1/2 reel. BW. Silent. France.
Wiffles purchases a magic wand, but when the wrong end is used he creates doubles of his wife instead of making her vanish.

THE WILD ASS'S SKIN (1909/Pathe) 2 reels. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Albert Capellani. From the story "Le Peau de Chagrin" by Honor de Balzac.
Cast: Rene Leprince.
An ass's hide contains magical powers and grants wishes at the expense of the owner's soul.

WILD JUNGLE CAPTIVE (1944) see Jungle Captive

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WILD MAN OF BORNEO
(1902/Haggar) BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: William Haggar.
Features an ape-man.
Made by Haggar and his family to show as a fairground attraction in his Bioscope machine.

WILD ORANGES (1924/Goldwyn) 7 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: King Vidor; Ph: John W. Boyle. From a story by Joseph Hergesheimer.
Cast: Virginia Valli, Frank Mayo, Ford Sterling, Nigel De Brulier, Charles A. Post.
A homicidal maniac holds two people captive, until the maniac is dispatched by a dog.

WILLIE'S MAGIC WAND (1907/Urban) 320 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: W.R. Booth. A magician's son uses his father's magic wand to play tricks on people and manages to transform himself into a girl.

WILLY FANTOME (1911/Eclair) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France. Aka: WILLY THE GHOST.
Cast: Willy Saunders.
A ghost haunts a household.

WILLY THE GHOST (1911) see Willy Fantome

WINDSOR CASTLE (1926/Cosmopolitan) 1700 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Maurice Elvey.
Cast: Isabel Jeans, Ian Wilson.
Another entry in the "Haunted Castles" film series.

A WINDY DREAM (1912/Pathe) BW. Silent. France.
A giant pinwheel propels a man to the Moon where he encounters a race of Moon-men.

WINSOR McCAY AND HIS JERSEY SKEETERS (1916/Powers) 1 reel.
Part Animation. US.
Credits: Winsor McCay.
A mosquito explodes when it over indulges with blood.

THE WISE WITCH OF FAIRYLAND (1912/Solax) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
A witch provides a love potion.

THE WISHING CHARM (1909/Centaur) 545 feet. BW. Silent. US.
A fantasy featuring Satan, a genie and an Egyptian casket.

THE WISHING RING (1914) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Maurice Tourneur.
A former book illustrator and poster designer, Maurice Tourneur (aka: Maurice Thomas), was sent to America to direct films at the American branch of the French Eclair company at its Fort Lee, New Jersey studios. As a former assistant director for the French studios during 1911 Tourneur gained a reputation for the pictorial quality of his work.

THE WITCH (1906) see Fee Carabosse, ou, le Poignard Fatal

THE WITCH (1909/Le Lion) 523 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A witch imprisons a girl's soul in a mannequin.
Imps, phantoms and a hunchback are also featured.

THE WITCH (1916/Fox Film Corp.) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Prod. & Sc: Frank Powell. Based on the play "The Sorceress" by Victorien Sardou.
Cast: Nance O'Neil.
Hypnosis is used to cure a case of somnambulism.

THE WITCH KISS (1907/Pathe) 1 reel. Hand coloured. Silent. France.

THE WITCH OF ABRUZZI (1911/Le Lion) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
A witch curses a girl.

THE WITCH OF CARABOSSE (1910/Urban/Eclipse) 630 feet. BW. Silent UK.
Features a witch.

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A WITCH OF SALEM TOWN
(1915/Victor) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: L.J. Henderson; Sc: Margaret B. Harvey.
Cast: Mary Fuller, Curtis Benton.
A woman falsely accused of being a witch is burned at the stake.

THE WITCH OF SEVILLE (1911) see La Strega de Siviglia

WITCH OF THE DARK HOUSE (1916/Kalem) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Marin Sais.
Features a haunted house and a witch.
This is episode fourteen of "The Girl from Frisco" film series. 

THE WITCH OF THE GLEN (1910/Warwick) 540 feet. (1 reel). BW. Silent. UK.
A witch who commands two spirits frightens some men.

THE WITCH OF THE MOUNTAINS (1916/Knickerbocker) 35mins. BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Marguerite Nichols, Gordon Sackville, Richard Johnson.
A ghostly witch guards a mountainside cave.

THE WITCH OF THE RUINS (1910/Pathe) 617 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A witch beats a man unconscious with a stick.

WITCHCRAFT (1916/Paramount/Famous Players/Lasky) 5 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank Reicher; Sc: Margaret Turnbull. From a story by R. Ralston Reed.
Cast: Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, Paul Weigel, Lillian Leighton.
A young woman is wrongly accused of witchcraft.

WITCHCRAFT (1947) see Sortileges


WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES
(1922) see Haxan

THE WITCHING EYES (1929/Ernest Stern) BW. Silent.
Credits: Prod. & Sc: Ernest Stern.
A Haitian voodoo witch doctor who desires the daughter of a recently deceased Negro leader, puts a curse on the poet she loves to try and claim her for himself.

THE WITCHING HOUR (1916/Frohman Amusement Corporation) 7 reels BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: George Irving; Sc: Anthony Kelly.
Based on the novel and play "Caleb Powers" by Augustus Thomas.
Cast: C. Aubrey Smith, Marie Shotwell, Jack Sherrill, Helen Arnold, Robert Conness, Etta De Groff.
A man is compelled to murder the owner of a cat's eye-pin.

THE WITCHING HOUR (1921/Paramount) 7 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: William Desmond Taylor; Sc: Julia Ivers; Ph: James Van Trees.
From the play "Caleb Powers" by Augustus Thomas.
Cast: Elliott Dexter, Winter Hall, Edward Sutherland, Mary Alden, Ruth Renick, Robert Cain, Fred Turner.
Features hypnosis and telepathy.

THE WITCHING HOUR (1934/Paramount) 69mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Henry Hathaway; Prod: Bayard Veiller; Sc: Anthony Veiller & Salisbury Field; Ph: Ben Reynolds; Ed: Jack Dennis. Based on the novel and play "Caleb Powers" by Augustus Thomas.
Cast: Guy Standing, John Halliday, Judith Allen, Tom Brown, William Frawley, Olive Tell, Richard Carle, Ralf Harolde, Purnell Pratt, John Larkin.
"He made a murderer of the boy who was to marry his own daughter!"
A gambler hypnotises a young man into taking the blame for a murder.
A melodramatic interpretation of Augustus Thomas' novel.

THE WITCHING HOUSE (1916/Frohman). BW. Silent.
From the story "Caleb Powers".
Cast: C. Aubrey Smith, Marie Shotwell.
A man is compelled to murder the owner of a cat's eye pin.
Psychic power and telepathy are also featured.

THE WITCH'S BALLAD (1909) see La Ballata di una Strega

THE WITCH'S CAVE (1906/Pathe) 377 feet. (1 reel). BW. Silent. France.
A nightmare features a skeleton and figures that appear and disappear.

THE WITCH'S CAVERN (1909/Selig Polyscope Co.) BW. Silent. US.
A half man and half monster creature is believed to be the son of a witch.

THE WITCH'S DONKEY (1909/Pathe) 1 reel. BW. Silent. France.
A witch casts a spell on a donkey.

THE WITCH'S NECKLACE (1912/Solax) BW. Silent. France.
A woman sees a mysterious necklace in a witch's cave, and later dreams it is strangling her to death.

THE WITCH'S REVENGE (1903) see Le Sorcier

THE WITCH'S SECRET (1907/Pathe) 246 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A broomstick travelling witch transforms pellets into money.

THE WITCH'S SPELL (1910/Urban) BW. Silent. UK.
A peasant captured at a witches revel is cursed and transformed into a beast.

WITH THE SPIRIT'S HELP (1916/Nestor) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Louis William Chaudet. From a story by Virginia Kirkley.
Cast: Lee Moran, Eddie Lyons, Priscilla Dean.
A hypnotist dwells in an old dark house. A fantasy horror comedy.

WITHOUT A SOUL (1916/Young Pictures/World Film Corp.) BW. Silent. US. Aka: LOLA.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: James Young. From the play "Lola" by Owen Davis.
Cast: Clara Kimball Young, Edward M. Kimball, Alec B. Francis, Irene Tams, Mary Moore.
The daughter of a skilled scientist is killed in a car crash, but her father brings her back to life with a machine that generates electricity. Unfortunately the girl possesses no emotion as she has been revived without a soul. When she dies again, the scientist refuses to revive her and destroys the machine.
Made with Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in mind, but also utilising the popular souless theme later typified by Hanns Heinz Ewers' "Alraune" and in the science fiction classic Metropolis.

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THE WIZARD (1927/William Fox) 5629 feet. (6 reels). BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Richard Rosson; Sc: Harry O. Hoyt & Andrew Bennison; Ph: Frank Good; Titles: Malcolm Stuart Boylan. From "Baloo ou des pa au Plafond" by Gaston Leroux.
Cast: Edmund Lowe, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Barry Norton, George Kotsonaros, Leila Hyams, Norman Trevor, E.H. Calvert, Richard Frazier, Oscar Smith, Perle Marshall, Maude Turner Gordon.
"Mystery drama of a beauty and a beast!"
Skilled surgeon Dr. Paul Coriolos, (von Seyffertitz), grafts a human head onto the body of an ape, and orders the beast, (Kotsonaros), to kill the people who he believes were responsible for sending his son to the electric chair. When journalist Stanley Gordon, (Lowe), discovers the surgeon's activities, the ape-man turns on its master before being shot by the heroine, (Hyams).
A silly horror melodrama made more effective by the sincere cast.
Unfortunately only the shooting script remains of this lost film.
Remade in 1942 as Dr. Renault's Secret.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1908/Radio Plays) BW. Silent. Serial. US.
Credits: Prod: L. Frank Baum.
Cast: Frank Burns, Joseph Schrode, Grace Elder, Romola Remus.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1910/Selig) 1000 feet. BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Otis Turner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast: Bebe Daniels, Hobart Bosworth, Eugenie Besserer, Robert Leonard, Winnifred Greenwood, Lillian Leighton, Olive Cox.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1925/Chadwick Pictures) 70mins. (6300 feet). BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Larry Semon; Sc: L. Frank Baum Jnr., Leon Lee & Larry Semon; Ph: H.F. Koenenkamp, Frank Good & Leonard Smith; Ed: Sam Zimbalist; Art: Robert Stevens. From the stories by L. Frank Baum.
Cast: Larry Semon, Oliver N. Hardy, Dorothy Dwan, Mary Carr, Virginia Pearson, Bryant Washburn, Josef Swickard, Otto Lederer, Charles Murray, G. Howe Black, Frank Alexander, Frederick Ko Vert, Wanda Hawley, Chester Conklin.
On her eighteenth birthday, Dorothy, (Dwan), who was abandoned as a baby and left with Aunt Em, (Carr), and Uncle Henry, (Alexander), on a Kansas farm, discovers she is the Queen of Oz. Some of Oz's inhabitants are demanding that she should return to the throne and dispose the wicked ruler Prime Minister Kruel, (Swickard). The evil prime minister convinces the Wizard of Oz, (Murray), to distract the crowds while enlisting the aid of one of Uncle Henry's farmhands, (Hardy), to help him keep his position. After disposing of the mystical land's dictator, Dorothy lives there happily with her friends the Scarecrow, (Semon), and the Tin Woodsman, (Hardy).
A heavy-handed adaptation that upset fans of Baum's work although it does contain a few inspired moments. Much of the film takes place on the Kansas farm allowing for Semon to over indulge in slapstick comedy.
Semon aged Baum's Dorothy so that he could cast his wife Dwan in the role.
Oliver Hardy later teamed with Stan Laurel to form the world famous comedy duo.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939/MGM) 102mins. BW. sequences. US.
Credits: Dir: Victor Fleming (BW. sequences dir: King Vidor); Prod: Mervyn Le Roy; A.Prod: Arthur Freed; Sc: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson & Edgar Allan Woolf; Ph: Harold Rosson & Allen Davey; Ed: Bl anche Sewell; Art: Cedric Gibbons & William A. Horning; Sfx: Arnold Gillespie; Electrical Fx: Kenneth Strickfaden; Mu: Jack Dwan; Mus: Herbert Stothart; Songs: Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg. From the stories by Frank Lyman Baum.
Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, The Singer Midgets Harry Earles, Angelo Rossitto.
"There's no place like home."

 

 

 

 

 

"If I ever go looking for my hearts desire again I won't look further than my own back yard, because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with." - Dorothy (Garland).
Restless young Dorothy, (Garland), runs away from her Aunt Em's Kansas farm, but gets caught in a tornado and is whisked to the wondrous land of Oz where she inadvertently kills the Wicked Witch of the East. Glinda, the Good Fairy, (Burke), presents Dorothy with the witch's magical ruby slippers when the Wicked Witch of the West, (Hamilton), arrives and threatens to kill Dorothy. Glinda suggests Dorothy consults the powerful Wizard of Oz, (Morgan) , who lives in Emerald City to try and get back to Kansas. On her journey, Dorothy is accompanied by the scarecrow, (Bolger), who wants to have a brain, the Tin Woodsman, (Haley), who wants a heart and the Cowardly Lion, (Lahr), who wants some courage. After Dorothy destroys the Wicked Witch, she returns back to Kansas by tapping the heels of the ruby slippers and realises that happiness is to be found there all along.
Reportedly made for $3 million, this classic adaptation of Baum's story "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" remains a timeless work of fantasy cinema with a superb use of early Technicolor and catchy musical numbers.
Some of Baum's book was omitted to create a clearer story and careful ties are made between the foremost characters of Oz and Dorothy's friends on the farm in Kansas, suggesting that her adventure might have been a dream.
The role of the Tin Man was originally signed to Ray Bolger, but he swapped roles with Buddy Ebsen who had to withdraw from the production when he found that the aluminium dust make-up made him ill.
Garland was paid $500 a week, less than any other principal actor in the film except Toto the dog.
Richard Thorpe was originally assigned the director's chair, but was fired after 12 days when George Cukor stepped in to complete make up tests until a new director can be found.
The Munchkins were made up of 90 male midgets and 34 female midgets.
Shirley Temple was the studio's first choice for the lead role, and their choice for the wizard, W.C. Fields, turned the part down.
Two scenes were cut from the final print, one included the "Jitter Bug" number when pink and blue bugs attack Dorothy and her friends in the forest, and a "Renovation Sequence" of Dorothy's return in triumph to the Emerald City with the Witch's burnt broomstick.
A cut scene featuring the Scarecrow, (Bolger), dancing in mid air later appeared in MGM's 1985 compilation film THAT'S DANCING!
An all black musical version titled THE WIZ (1974) was later released starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and directed by Sidney Lumet.
In Chicago during 1888 Frank Baum was relating a story to the neighbourhood children when one little girl demanded to know where the characters of his story lived. Glancing around the room for the answer, Baum's eyes fell upon the bottom draw of his filing cabinet that was marked O-Z.
Sequel: RETURN TO OZ (1985).

THE WIZARD'S WALKING STICK (1909/Urban) 410 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Walter R. Booth.
A magic wand enables a wizard to elude the police.

WOLF BLOOD (1925/Ryan Brothers/Lee-Bradford Corp.) 5800 feet. (6 reels).
BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: George Chesebro & George Mitchell; Sc: C.A. Hill.
Cast: Marguerite Clayton, George Chesebro, Ray Hanford, Roy Watson, Milburn Morante, Frank Clark.
A man who receives the blood of a wolf in an emergency transfusion fears that he is becoming a half-human beast man.
An interesting melodrama that lays the building blocks for later werewolf movies.

THE WOLF MAN (1941/Universal) 71mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: George Waggner; Sc: Curt Siodmak; Ph: Joseph Valentine; Ed: Ted Kent; Art: Jack Otterson & Robert Boyle; Sets: Russell A. Gausman; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Tech: Joe Lapis; Mus.Dir: Charles Previn; Mus: Hans J. Salter & Frank Skinner.
Cast: Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jnr., Bela Lugosi, Warren William, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Doris Lloyd, Patric Knowles, Harry Stubbs, Maria Ouspenskaya, Harry Cording, J.M. Kerrigan, Fay Helm, Forrester Harvey, Leland Hodgson, Olaf Hytten, Tom Stevenson, Eric Wilton, Ernie Stanton, Ottola Nesmith, Connie Leon, La Riana, Caroline Cooke, Margaret Fealy, Jessie Arnold, Gibson Gowland, Eddie Polo.

Top "Night monster with the bloodlust of a savage beast!"
"Even a man who is pure at heart, And says his prayers by night, May become a wolf when the Wolfbane blooms, And the moon is full and bright". - Gypsy proverb.
Returning to Wales after his brother is killed in a shooting accident, Larry Talbot, (Chaney), heir to the Welsh estate of Sir John Talbot, (Rains), is bitten by a wolf during a visit to a gypsy camp with Gwen Conliffe, (Ankers), and her friend Jenny Williams, (Helm), but the animal is a werewolf that in human form is Bela, (Lugosi), the gypsy fortune teller. Larry becomes a werewolf, doomed for eternity to kill under the gaze of the full moon and putting his girlfriend Gwen in grave danger. After two mysterious deaths, no one believes Talbot's claims that he is a werewolf, and the villagers organise a hunt to catch the suspected wild animal. John Talbot is attacked by a wolf during the hunt and manages to strike it on the head with the silver tipped cane that Larry gave him, but when the mists clear, the animal's corpse transforms into his son, Larry.
Originally to be called DESTINY, the good script combined with an imaginative use of folklore and a smoky woodland setting, gives the film an unequalled atmosphere, while Chaney's performance reflects the right amount of agility and pathos.
Chaney was cast as the lead after receiving favourable notices for his role in Man Made Monster.
This is by far the best of the Universal werewolf productions that were to follow.
Jack Pierce's make-up for the wolfman took four hours to apply and included yak hair covering Chaney Jnr's body from head to foot, and a set of sharp jutting teeth.
One deleted and often discussed scene shows the wolfman battling with a six hundred pound bear and his owner played by Kurt Katch. This excised sequence is still kept in Universal's film vaults.
A novelisation written by Carl Dreadstone was published in 1977.
Sequel: Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.
See also The Undying Monster (1942).
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WOMAN IN THE MOON
(1928) see Frau im Mond

THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1912/Gem/Universal) 4 reels. BW. Silent. US.
From the story by Wilkie Collins.
Cast: Janet Salzburg, Charles Craig, Alec Frank.
A woman impersonating another woman, dies and is buried in her place.

WOMAN IN WHITE (1940) see Crimes at the Dark House

THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1948/Warner) 109mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Peter Godfrey; Prod: Henry Balnke; Sc: Stephen Morehouse Avery; Ph: Carl Guthrie; Mus: Max Steiner. From the story by Wilkie Collins.
Cast: Gig Young, Eleanor Parker, Sidney Greenstreet, Alexis Smith, Agnes Moorehead, John Emery, John Abbott, Curt Bois.
Among a household of eccentrics is a villainous Count, (Greenstreet), who is after a girl's, (Parker), money.
Superb atmosphere, but very little plot developement despite all efforts by the able cast.

THE WOMAN OF FIRE (1903) see Filles du Diable

THE WOMAN OF MYSTERY (1914/Blache Features Inc.) 65mins. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir & Sc: Alice Guy-Blache.
Cast: Vinnie Burns, Fraunie Fraunholz.
A soul leaves it's body and forces the evil side of a detective's personality to make the detective commit criminal acts.

THE WOMAN WHO CAME BACK (1945/Republic) 68mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Walter Colmes; Sc: Dennis Cooper & Lee Willis; Ph: Henry Sharp; Ed: John Link; Art: Jacques Mapes; Mus: Edward Plumb & Walter Scharf. From a story by John Kafka.
Cast: Nancy Kelly, John Loder, Otto Kruger, Ruth Ford, Harry Tyler, J. Farrell MacDonald.
A woman, (Kelly), returns to her hometown in New England and is led to believe that she is the reincarnation of a three hundred-year-old witch and is suffering under a curse.
An effective and creepy second feature.

THE WONDERFUL CHARM (1908/Star Film) 585 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
A man is torn asunder by a wicked spirit and is then reassembled in exchange for his soul.

A WONDERFUL REMEDY (1909/Pathe) 377 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A specially prepared lotion makes an ugly person beautiful, but another is transformed into a baboon.

WONDERS OF THE DEEP (1903) see Le Royaune des Fees

WOODCROFT CASTLE (1926/Cosmopolitan) 1300 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: Walter West.
Cast: James Knight.
Another entry to the "Haunted Castles" film series.

WOODEN HEADED VETERAN (1908/Pathe) 480 feet. BW. Silent. France.
A headless veteran keeps a variety of wooden heads in his closet each suitable for different occasions.
An early fantastic comedy.

YE WOOING OF PEGGY (1917/Holmfirth) 2000 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Bertram Phillips.
Cast: Queenie Thomas, Jack Grey, Frank Petley.
A woman, (Thomas), fakes the appearance of a ghost.
An early horror comedy example of spirit photography.

THE WORLD WILL SHAKE (1939) see Le Monde Tremblera

THE WORLD'S WIZARD (1906/R.W. Paul) 350 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: J.H. Martin.
A wizard appears from an exploding Earth and transforms each country into different girls.

THE WRAITH OF HADDON TOWERS (1915/Clipper) 45mins. (3 reels). BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Constance Crawley, Arthur Maude, Beatrice Van.
In an old house, a ghost haunts a locked room.

THE WRAITH OF THE TOMB (1915/Cricks & Martin) 3000 feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Aka: THE AVENGING HAND (US).
Credits: Dir: Charles Calvert; Prod: George H. Cricks; Sc: William J. Elliot.
From a story by William J. Elliott.
Cast: Dorothy Bellew, Sydney Vautier, Douglas Payne.
The ghost of an Egyptian princess searches London for her murderous, severed mummified hand.
The first, full length horror feature produced in Britain.

 

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