The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923 movie)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1923 silent movie. It was directed by Wallace Worsley. It was produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg. It stars Lon Chaney, Sr. The movie is the second most famous adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel. The 1939 movie starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara is better known. The film was Universal's "Super Jewel" of 1923. It was their most successful silent movie. It made a lot of money, over $3 million.

The movie's sets recall 15th century Paris. Lon Chaney's performance and spectacular make-up as the tortured bell-ringer of Notre Dame are famous. The movie made Chaney a superstar. It set a standard for horror movies including Chaney's own The Phantom of the Opera in 1925.