The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1931)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Variety, July 14, 1931


Universal is giving serious consideration to making the “Hunchback” into a talker special. Bela Lugosi is chiefly responsible, that actor being figured the next best to Lon Chaney who played the title role in the silent version. The picture was U’s greatest money maker.

“Notre Dame” as a talker will probably be at least 50% new and more than that unless a continuity can be devised which would lend itself to proper editing.


The Telegraph, September 14, 1931

Hollywood Sights and Sounds

By Robbin Coons

 “The Miracle Man,” made more than a dozen years ago, is the picture which “made” three stars at once – Thomas Meighan, in the role of the smooth racketeer, Betty Compson as his beautiful accomplice, and Chaney.

George Bancroft has been mentioned for the Meighan role in the new talking version.

Another star who falls heir to a Chaney role in the current epidemic of re-makes of popular silent films is Bela Lugosi, who may do a talking “Hunchback of Notre Dame” after his success as the weird “Dracula” and his work in “Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “Frankenstein,” yet to be seen.

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