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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 ... 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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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The players had no real chance
4 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The "house" referred to in the title is lunacy which metaphorically is considered as a dwelling. There is some story, but it is slight and, as for ourselves, it left us absolutely cold. Because from the arrangements, stage setting, and the action that went before, it was too plainly shown, at the climax, what the outcome was going to be. There is but little suspense. The photography is without much quality. The players had no real chance, but furnish the offering's sole interest. - The Moving Picture World, May 24, 1913


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