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The House of Darkness (1913)



The House of Darkness

(1913)

17 minutes

Drama / Silent

Produced by Biograph Company

Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast:

Lionel Barrymore as The Doctor
Claire McDowell as The Doctor's Wife
Charles Hill Mailes as The Lunatic aka The 'Unfortunate' Patient
Lillian Gish as Nurse Playing Piano 
Adelaide Bronti as In Tenement Apartment
Kate Bruce as A Patient 
Christy Cabanne as Attack Victim
William Elmer as Asylum Guard 
Robert Harron as Asylum Guard
Adolph Lestina as A Patient
Joseph McDermott as Asylum Guard
Walter Miller as A Clerk
Frank Opperman as A Patient
Alfred Paget as Asylum Guard
W.C. Robinson as Asylum Guard
William J. Butler as Extra
Henry B. Walthall as Extra
Dorothy Bernard as Extra

The theme for The House of Darkness is how music soothes the insane mind. It deals with an escaped mental patient who threatens a woman with a gun, but backs off when she plays the piano for him. It is sentimental as many of Griffith's films are but the acting is a bit subdued for the silent films of the period. It is worth a look.




Directors: D.W. Griffith
Actors: Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish
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