THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
1923, Universal, 133 min, USA, Dir: Wallace Worsley

Universal 's 1923 super-production was the first big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel. Lon Chaney stars as Quasimodo, the bell ringer of Notre Dame, who falls in love with gypsy girl Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller) in 15th century Paris.


THE SHOCK
1923, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Lambert Hillyer

Horror legend Lon Chaney stars as “Dope peddler, safe cracker, gun - man Wilse Dilling,” who is sent to San Francisco to blackmail a banker but falls for his daughter instead. This fine silent melodrama features a recreation of the devastating 1906 earthquake.


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
1925, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Rupert Julian

Perhaps the most faithful adaptation of the 1910 Gaston Leroux novel, this landmark of silent horror stars Lon Chaney in the title role (and in his most shocking makeup). As the masked Erik, he haunts the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with chorus girl Christine (Mary Philbin), using increasingly ruthless measures to make her a star and his lover. Among the film’s many iconic set pieces is a masquerade ball sequence shot in 2-color Technicolor.


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