Hunchback of Notre Dame

1923

Clopin bought Esmeralda from the gypsies when she was young. Dancing in the square at the festival, Esmeralda is spotted by Jehan, the evil brother of the good archdeacon. When he sets Quasimodo out to kidnap Esmeralda, Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, rescues her and captures Quasimodo. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. After Clopin forces Esmeralda to leave Phoebus at the ball, she sends a note to Phoebus to meet her at Notre Dame. In the garden, Phoebus is stabbed in the back by Jehan. Esmeralda is accused of stabbing Phoebus, convicted by the courts and sentenced to hang. When Esmeralda again rejects Jehan, he tells her that Phoebus is dead, even though it is not true. Clopin, Phoebus and Quasimodo all try different ways to save Esmeralda.

Cast:
Lon Chaney .... Quasimodo
Patsy Ruth Miller .... Esmeralda
Norman Kerry .... Phoebus de Chateaupers
Kate Lester .... Madame de Condelaurier
Winifred Bryson .... Fleur de Lys
Nigel De Brulier .... Don Claudio
Brandon Hurst .... Jehan
Ernest Torrence .... Clopin
Tully Marshall .... King Louis XI
Harry von Meter .... Mons. Neufchatel
Raymond Hatton .... Gringoire
Nick De Ruiz .... Mons. le Torteru
Eulalie Jensen .... Marie
Roy Laidlaw .... Charmolu
W. Ray Meyers .... Charmolu's assistant
William Parke .... Josephus
Gladys Brockwell .... Sister Gudule
John Cossar .... Judge of the Court
Edwin Wallock .... King's Chamberlain
Harry Holman .... Fat man
Bob Kortman .... Hook-Hand

Patsy Ruth Miller

She began her career at age 16 as a supporting actress in the Rudolph Valentino vehicle Camille (1921) after she was discovered by star Alla Nazimova during a family vacation to Hollywood. Charming, vivacious, dark-haired silent film lead whonever quite achieved top-rank stardom. Miller, was, however, an extremely prolific performer, appearing in over 70 Hollywood silent and early talking films, over a dozen films in 1924 alone. She is probably best known as Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer, in the Lon Chaney version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), and for displaying a delightful flair for comedy in the female lead of the Ernst Lubitsch sparkler, "So This Is Paris" (1926). The advent of sound did not diminish Miller's appeal, and films such as the highly amusing "Wide Open" (1930) showed her promise, but she only made about ten talkies before giving up acting in 1931 to concentrate on writing. She went on to become a script writer for radio shows and a short story writer. Her short stories garnered her three O. Henry awards. Miller also penned a novel, The Flanagan Girl (1939), and the libretto for a Broadway musical biography of Tchaikovsky, Music in My Heart.Two decades later she returned to films to play a supporting role in the historical adventure "Quebec" (1951). Married and divorced from director Tay Garnett and screenwriter John Lee Mahin.

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