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The Whispering Chorus (1918)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 March 1918 (USA)
John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying... See full summary »

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Cecil B. DeMille
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Complete credited cast:
Raymond Hatton ... John Tremble
Kathlyn Williams ... Jane Tremble
Edythe Chapman ... John Tremble's mother
Elliott Dexter ... George Coggeswell
Noah Beery ... Longshoreman
Guy Oliver ... Chief McFarland
John Burton John Burton ... Charles Barden
Tully Marshall ... F.P. Clumley
William H. Brown William H. Brown ... Stauberry
James Neill ... Channing
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Mocking Face
Walter Lynch Walter Lynch ... Evil Face
Edna Mae Cooper Edna Mae Cooper ... Good Face
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John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying from shock, asks him to keep his identity secret since his wife is now married to the Governor and expecting a child. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A suttogó kórus See more »

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Budget:

$72,500 (estimated)
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The wedding sequence in which George Coggeswell (Elliott Dexter) marries Jane Trimble (Kathlyn Williams) was staged at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. The best man was played by Paramount executive Charles F. Eyton, who was married to Kathlyn Williams in real life. According to Dexter, Eyton had to be persuaded to allow the use of the couple's actual wedding rings for the scene. See more »

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DeMille's Strange Interlude
15 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Raymond Hatton who had a long and distinguished career since the very beginning of film is usually remembered for playing cantankerous old cusses as sidekicks in western films. But back in 1918 he was the protagonist/lead in Cecil B. DeMille's The Whispering Chorus, the story of a man tried and convicted for his own murder.

The character Hatton plays seems to be cursed. He embezzles from his boss and fearing discovery flees from his wife and mother. He gets what he considers a stroke of luck finding the body of a derelict. He mutilates the body and takes the dead man's identity. That would seem to guarantee success.

But here the cops get it backwards and declare Hatton under his real identity dead and the dead man wanted for the murder of Hatton. Quite a rude awakening when Hatton returns after 12 years.

Furthermore his wife marries a man who is now the governor of the state and he's played by DeMille silent regular Elliot Dexter. Quite the jackpot Hatton finds himself in.

The title The Whispering Chorus comes from the ghostly heads that appear to Hatton emphasizes every aspect of his nature. He has a genius for choosing the wrong path every time, listening to bad advice from his chorus of ghostly heads.

The special effects were state of the art for 1918, but DeMille also had a good story to work with and Hatton while such a loser does manage to obtain audience sympathy. In some ways this anticipates what Eugene O'Neill did on stage in Strange Interlude.


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