The House of Darkness (1913)

  |  Short, Drama


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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 ... See full summary »


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Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Jere F. Looney

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9 March 2008 | wes-connors
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| Soothing the Savage Beast
Or: "How the mind of an unfortunate was brought to reason by music." The unfortunates subtitled are the mentally ill, who are taken care of in a nice-looking insane asylum. Claire McDowell (a Nurse) and Lionel Barrymore (a Doctor) work at the asylum; they fall in love, and get married. Later, inmate Charles Hill Mailes (a Lunatic) loses it, cops a gun from Alfred Paget (a Guard) , and escapes. Mr. Hill Mailes is not without a redeeming quality, however; he enjoys music, played on piano by nurses McDowell and Lillian Gish (another Nurse). Director D.W. Griffith's storytelling strengths make "The House of Darkness" quite an enjoyable early film.

****** The House of Darkness (5/10/13) D.W. Griffith ~ Charles Hill Mailes, Claire McDowell, Lionel Barrymore

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Short | Drama

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Release Date:

10 May 1913

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

California, USA

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