The Darling of Paris (1917)

Drama | 22 January 1917

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HISTORY

In this film, the role of the priest, Frallo, was changed to a scientist so as not to offend members of the audience. According to the 1918 MPSD , scenarist Virginia Tyler Hudson worked on this film in some capacity. According to the copyright entry, the film was originally six reels in length. It was re-cut and re-released by Fox on 16 Feb 1919. Among the many film adaptations of Hugo's novel are: Universal's 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame , starring Lon Chaney and directed by Wallace Worsley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30 ); the 1939 RKO production The Hunchback of Notre Dame , starring Charles Laughton and directed by William Dieterle (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ) and the 1957 French film Notre-Dame de Paris , starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn and directed by Jean ... More Less

In this film, the role of the priest, Frallo, was changed to a scientist so as not to offend members of the audience. According to the 1918 MPSD , scenarist Virginia Tyler Hudson worked on this film in some capacity. According to the copyright entry, the film was originally six reels in length. It was re-cut and re-released by Fox on 16 Feb 1919. Among the many film adaptations of Hugo's novel are: Universal's 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame , starring Lon Chaney and directed by Wallace Worsley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30 ); the 1939 RKO production The Hunchback of Notre Dame , starring Charles Laughton and directed by William Dieterle (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ) and the 1957 French film Notre-Dame de Paris , starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn and directed by Jean Delannoy. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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ETR
3 Feb 17
p. 635.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4121.
MPW
8 Feb 19
p. 808.
Wid's
8 Jan 16
p. 256.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) by Victor Hugo (Paris, 1831).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
22 January 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
21 January 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10034
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Esmeralda, who was stolen by gypsies as a baby, is known throughout the land as the darling of Paris. She is secretly admired by scientist Claude Frallo, who, with the aid of Quasimodo, a hunchback whom he has cured, plans to abduct the girl. The deed is prevented by Captain Phoebus, whose heroism wins the heart of the dancing girl. Esmeralda meets Phoebus one evening and, learning that his intentions are dishonorable, tries to escape and pulls out a knife, but Frallo, who has secretly followed the two, kills the captain while Esmeralda lies in a faint. She is accused of the crime and falsely confesses under torture. Quasimodo, who has witnessed the whole affair, turns state's evidence and frees the girl although it means the death of the man who had befriended ... +


Esmeralda, who was stolen by gypsies as a baby, is known throughout the land as the darling of Paris. She is secretly admired by scientist Claude Frallo, who, with the aid of Quasimodo, a hunchback whom he has cured, plans to abduct the girl. The deed is prevented by Captain Phoebus, whose heroism wins the heart of the dancing girl. Esmeralda meets Phoebus one evening and, learning that his intentions are dishonorable, tries to escape and pulls out a knife, but Frallo, who has secretly followed the two, kills the captain while Esmeralda lies in a faint. She is accused of the crime and falsely confesses under torture. Quasimodo, who has witnessed the whole affair, turns state's evidence and frees the girl although it means the death of the man who had befriended him. +

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