One of the great forgotten silent masterpieces!!!!
The Wizard (1927) is undeniably the best of the three page-to-screen adaptations of the famous Gaston Leroux novel, Balaoo. The film is one of those classic "melodramatic mystery cinemas" whose plots are based on the immorality of a creature below the human race in evolutionary development. In this case, the creature is created by a devilish surgeon Prof. Paul Coriolos (Gustav von Seyffertitz) to succeed the mortality of four people who convicted his son to the "gallows"; obviously one of the four people is the heroine Anne Webster (Leila Hyams) and the hero, a young newspaper reporter Stanley Gordon (Edmund Lowe), saves her from the detrimental embraces. Of course, The Wizard is one of those films that has an extreme amount of excitement, however, has a touching feeling that will turn your terror into laughter. Lowe plays the hero with a brightly colour, Hyams (one of films most underrated actresses), as always, is charming as the heroine and drop-dead gorgeous, and the creature is effectively played by George Kotsonaros. The Wizard is a silent mystery film with horrific overtones, that is certainly a classic that shamefully doesn't receive the credit it so seemingly deserves. A masterpiece!
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