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The House of Darkness (1913)

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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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Jere F. Looney
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Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... The Doctor
Claire McDowell ... The Doctor's Wife
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Lunatic aka The 'Unfortunate' Patient
Lillian Gish ... The Nurse
Christy Cabanne Christy Cabanne ... Attack Victim (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Robert Harron ... Asylum Guard
William Elmer ... Asylum Guard (as Billy Elmer)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дом тьмы See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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