The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) (3.5/4)

Hunchback of Notre Dame, The

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 Quasimoto out to kidnap Esmeralda, Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, rescues her and captures Quasimoto. The courts sentence Quasimoto 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 Quasimoto all try different ways to save Esmeralda.

Directed by: Wallace Worsley
The cast includes: Lon Chaney (Quasimodo)
MPAA rating: , Running time: 133 minutes
Presented in: BW
Related titles: Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The
Related categories: Horror, Silent

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