The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Chaney's first big-budget film, and the one which made his reputation. Laden down with massive sets and milling extras, bowdlerised even by comparison with the Laughton version of 1939, it emerges more as a historical spectacle than as a horror movie - and a rather tedious one at that, thanks to Worsley's often painfully ponderous direction. Worth seeing mainly for Chaney's remarkable performance; even bowed and constricted by the heavy weights he used to help simulate Quasimodo's crippled gait, his body remains extraordinarily expressive.

Release details

Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Wallace Worsley
Screenwriter: Edward T Lowe, Perley Poore Sheehan
Cast: Lon Chaney
Patsy Ruth Miller
Ernest Torrence
Raymond Hatton
Norman Kerry
Tully Marshall
Brandon Hurst
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