YouTube user deb4tlj
has uploaded seven out-of-print titles
to YouTube: three silent films starring Lon Chaney -- The Penalty
), The Unknown
), and Laugh, Clown, Laugh
); two films starring Bela Lugosi -- Island of Lost Souls
) and Murders in the Rue Morgue
); and two films starring Boris Karloff -- The Ghoul
), and The Walking Dead
). [Notes inside]
The copy of The Penalty
linked above is a tinted film. A plain black and white copy is available on Archive.org
A happy ending for The Unknown
was made at the direction of the studio, but has subsequently been lost. The version linked above has a new score by the Alloy Orchestra
, who perform and record new scores
for old silent films.
Laugh, Clown, Laugh
, is an incomplete film, as a portion has been lost, though it doesn't ruin the plot. The copy linked above was recently re-scored by H. Scott Salinas
, as part of the annual Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Young Film Composers Competition. A bit of information is available on Salinas' win on the Berklee College of Music website
Island of Lost Souls
is the first film adaptation of
The island of Doctor Moreau: A Possibility
, written by H. G. Wells and published in 1896. This film was denied a rating in England three times
, and finally given an X rating in 1958, specifically for graphic scenes of vivisection.
Murders in the Rue Morgue
was the first of a number of loose adaptation to Poe's short story. This film was written in a week, and filmed in four
, and was filmed following Lugosi's renowned portrayal of Dracula, but this film didn't have the same lasting impact.
was Boris Karloff's only screen appearance in 1933, which is remarkable given he was in 9 films the year prior, and 18 in 1931. This film was considered lost until a very poor quality copy was found in 1969 in then-communist Czechoslovakia. A far superior copy was found in a forgotten film vault in England, and the film has since been restored. You can read further history and a review
from a Boris Karloff biography by Scott Allen Nollen
(Google Books preview). The film is also available on Archive.org
, but it actually looks worse than the above-linked YouTube version.
Contrary to the title, The Walking Dead is a gangster film, combined with elements of mythology and very gentle terror
. The film was one of the five films featuring Karloff in 1936.
deb4tlj has also uploaded Before I Hang
), but the film has been removed due to copyright issues.