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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D.W. Griffith


Jere F. Looney

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29 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
Very Good
House of Darkness, The (1913)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting D.W. Griffith short about the mentally ill and how music "helps them". The film is very well made with Lionel Barrymore giving a very good performance but Griffith goes way too over the top in the melodrama to make this a total victory. Lillian Gish has a small role.

You can find this short on Image's Griffith disc but sadly a lot of the director's films still aren't on DVD. It's too bad a studio doesn't start releasing yearly sets. Griffith is the most important name in film history and all of his films need to be out there.

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Plot Summary


Short | Drama


Release Date:

10 May 1913



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California, USA

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