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The House of Darkness (1913)

 |  Short, Drama  |  10 May 1913 (USA)
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A potentially violent patient in an insane asylum is calmed when he hears a nurse playing the piano. But shortly afterwards he breaks free, eludes his pursuers, and acquires a gun. He soon ... See full summary »

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A potentially violent patient in an insane asylum is calmed when he hears a nurse playing the piano. But shortly afterwards he breaks free, eludes his pursuers, and acquires a gun. He soon comes to a house where a young wife is home alone, and there is a tense confrontation. Written by Snow Leopard

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29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

House of Darkness, The (1913)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting D.W. Griffith short about the mentally ill and how music "helps them". The film is very well made with Lionel Barrymore giving a very good performance but Griffith goes way too over the top in the melodrama to make this a total victory. Lillian Gish has a small role.

You can find this short on Image's Griffith disc but sadly a lot of the director's films still aren't on DVD. It's too bad a studio doesn't start releasing yearly sets. Griffith is the most important name in film history and all of his films need to be out there.


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