The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

An American horror film directed by Wallace Worsley.

Plot Summary

Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral in , falls in love with the gypsy dancer Esmeralda. When she is falsely accused of murder and sentenced to be hanged, Quasimodo and his rivals for her affections hatch plans to save her.


* = uncredited

Director: Wallace Worsley
Universal Pictures
Producers: Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg *
Script: Edward T. Lowe Jr, Perley Poore Sheehan
Novel: Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo
Assistant Directors: Jack Sullivan, William Wyler [both uncredited]
Director of Photography: Robert Newhard, Tony Kornman *
Editors: Edward Curtis, Maurice Pivar, Sydney Singerman
1931 Reissue Music: Heinz Roemheld
Art Directors: E.E. Sheeley, Sydney Ullman
Stunts: Joe Bonomo, Harvey Parry [both uncredited]

Lon Chaney (Quasimodo)
Patsy Ruth Miller (Esmeralda)
Norman Kerry (Phoebus de Chateaupers)
Kate Lester (Madame de Condelaurier)
Winifred Bryson (Fleur de Lys)
Nigel de Brulier (Don Claudio)
Brandon Hurst (Jehan)
Ernest Torrence (Clopin)
Tully Marshall (King Louis XI)
Harry Van Meter (Mons. Neufchatel)
Raymond Hatton (Gringoire)
Nick de Ruiz (Mons. le Torteru)
Eulalie Jensen (Marie)
Roy Laidlaw (Charmolu)
W. Ray Meyers (Charmolu's assistant)
William Parke Sr (Josephus)
Gladys Brockwell (Sister Gudule)
John Cossar (Judge of the Court)
Edwin Wallock (King's chamberlain)
Harry Holman (fat man)

Alternative Titles

Der Bucklige von Notre Dame – Austria
Dzwonnik z Notre Dame – Poland
Der Glöckner von Notre Dame – German
Il gobbo di Notre Dame – Italy
El jorobado de Notre Dame – Spain
El jorobado de nuestra señora de París – Spain
Nossa Senhora de Paris – Portugal
Notre Damen kellonsoittaja – Finland
Notre-Dame de Paris – France
Ringaren i Notre Dame – Sweden

See also
Big Man on Campus (1989)
The Darling of Paris (1917)
Esmeralda (1905)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1977)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The Hunchback (1997)
Mad Monster Party? (1967)
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
Nanbanji no semushi-otoko (1957)
Notre Dame de Paris (1956)
Quasimodo d'El Paris (1999)

Extracts included in
Amores perros (2000)
Coming Soon (1982)
Hollywood (1980)
Jack (1996)
Kingdom of Shadows (1998)
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)
Personality Parade (1938)
Scream Greats, Vol. 1: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Make-up (1986)
The Universal Story (1995)



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed.) pp.31-32 – illustrated credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.208 – credits