The Black Crook (1916)

Fantasy | 10 January 1916

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HISTORY

E. P. Sullivan was famous for his portrayal of "The Black Crook" on stage. According to MPN, this marked the first time chorus numbers were created exclusively for a film. ...

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E. P. Sullivan was famous for his portrayal of "The Black Crook" on stage. According to MPN, this marked the first time chorus numbers were created exclusively for a film.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
25 Dec 1915
p. 18
MPN
1 Jan 1916
p. 24
MPN
1 Jul 1916
p. 99
MPW
1 Jan 1916
p. 91
NYDM
1 Jan 1916
p. 28
Variety
14 Jan 1916
p. 19
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Scen
MUSIC
Mus accompaniment, piano music comp by
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Black Crook by Charles M. Barras (New York, ca. 12 Sep 1866).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 January 1916
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Hertzog, "The Black Crook," makes a pact with the devil, agreeing to produce for Satan one soul each year, or find himself banished to Hell. Meanwhile, Amina, who loves Rudolph, refuses the proposal of the powerful Count Wolfenstein. Angered, Wolfenstein has Rudolph thrown in a dungeon. Searching for a soul, but with only twenty-four hours left to find one, Hertzog focuses all of his attention on Amina and Rudolph, believing them to be weakened from despair and therefore easy prey. Rudolph and Amina manage to thwart both Hertzog and Wolfenstein, though, and the couple is united permanently just as Hertzog himself becomes the devil's ...

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Hertzog, "The Black Crook," makes a pact with the devil, agreeing to produce for Satan one soul each year, or find himself banished to Hell. Meanwhile, Amina, who loves Rudolph, refuses the proposal of the powerful Count Wolfenstein. Angered, Wolfenstein has Rudolph thrown in a dungeon. Searching for a soul, but with only twenty-four hours left to find one, Hertzog focuses all of his attention on Amina and Rudolph, believing them to be weakened from despair and therefore easy prey. Rudolph and Amina manage to thwart both Hertzog and Wolfenstein, though, and the couple is united permanently just as Hertzog himself becomes the devil's prisoner.

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Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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