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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) was a Silent Films - Drama Film directed by Wallace Worsley and produced by Irving Thalberg and Carl Laemmle.

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Quasimodo: [title card] Sanctuary! Sanctuary!


Quasimodo: Why was I not made of stone, like thee?


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The myth that Irving Thalberg came up with the idea for the movie was dispelled when it was discovered through telegrams and contracts in the collection of Alfred Grasso, Lon Chaney's manager, that Chaney himself suggested not only the story but who would be cast and who would direct. Chaney's original pick for director was actually Frank Borzage, not Wallace Worsley (who had directed several other pictures for Chaney). Erich von Stroheim, Allen Holubar, Chester Withey and Emile Chautard were all considered as well.
Wallace Worsley Jr., son of the film's director, said that many of the extras for the massive crowd scenes were recruited in downtown Los Angeles for $1.00 a night and meals. Among them, he said, were a good number of prostitutes, who did a "considerable sideline business" on the sets. Universal also hired 50 Pinkerton detectives and put them among the crowd, and their job was to catch pickpockets and various other thieves among the extras.
Poor quality transfers of the film are due to the fact that the film only survives in 16mm form, mainly through Universal's "Show-At-Home" film rental library. About 10-15 minutes of footage still remains missing.
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