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Silent Feature Films at the Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles G-I

Titles G-I

The General
"Rejected by the Confederate Army as unfit and taken fro a coward by his beloved, Annabelle Lee, young Johnnie Gray  sets out to single-handedly win the war with the help of his cherished locomotive."

Girl Shy
"Harold Meadowsis a shy, stuttering bachelor working in a tailor shop, who is writing a guide book for other bashful young men, The Secret of Making Love, chapters from which are portrayed as fantasy sequences. Fate has him meet rich girl, Mary , and they fall in love. But she is about to wed an already married man, so our hero embarks upon a hair-raising daredevil ride to prevent the wedding."

The Gold Rush
"Chaplin is a prospector who goes to Alaska in search of gold. During a storm, he becomes trapped in a cabin with another prospector and an outlaw. The outlaw goes out for help, but is killed in an avalanche. Out of food and on the brink of starvation, the other prospector has visions of Chaplin as his next meal but Chaplin manages to keep himself from becoming dinner. Surviving all this, Chaplin goes on to fall in love with a Yukon dance hall girl."

The Golem: How He Came into the World
"In 16th century Prague, Rabbi Loew creates a giant Golem from clay to protect his people from their persecutors. Employing sorcery, he brings the artificial man to life, endowing him with human emotions. Famulus, Loew's evil assistant, manages to take control of the Golem, commanding it to perform sordid criminal acts culminating in the kidnapping of the Rabbi's daughter Miriam. The monster, outraged, rebels and a rampage ensues."

Grandma's Boy
"Always the mama's boy, or in this case a grandma's boy, Sonny joins a posse after a tramp accused of robbery and murder. He is unable to conquer his cowardice until Grandma tells him of his grandfather, also a coward, who overcame his fears with the help of a magic amulet. With new courage (and the charm), Sonny captures the fugitive and becomes the hero of the day." - Herman Seifer

The Hands of Orlac
"Charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist whose hands are amputated after a train crash and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac's father is murdered by the dead man's hands, Orlac begins a descent toward madness."

Hangman's House
"Victor McLaglen, an exile Irish patriot, risks his life by returning to Ireland and helping a young couple. John Wayne is an over-enthusiastic spectator who smashes a picket fence."

The Haunted Castle
"A hunting party is interrupted by the arrival of a notorious count, who is believed to have murdered his brother. The uninvited guest sets in motion an elaborate plot to resurrect the ghosts of the past and bring secrets of his brother's death to light."

He Who Gets Slapped
"Lon Chaney stars alongside Norma Shearer and John Gilbert."

Heart o' the Hills
"A story about a wild and independent Kentucky mountain girl who saves her mother's land from land sharks, rides with a group of night riders, avenges the murder of her father, and eventually marries her mountaineer sweetheart."

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
"Clopin bought Esmeralda from the gypsies when she was young. Dancing in the square at the festival, Esmeralda is spotted by Jehan, the evil brother of the good archdeacon Claude Frollo. When he sets Quasimodo out to kidnap Esmeralda, Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, rescues her and captures Quasimodo. Quasimodo is sentenced to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. After Clopin forces Esmeralda to leave Phoebus at the ball, she sends a note to Phoebus to meet her at Notre-Dame. In the garden, Phoebus is stabbed in the back by Jehan. Esmeralda is accused of stabbing Phoebus, convicted by the courts and sentenced to hang. Clopin, Phoebus and Quasimodo all try different ways to save Esmeralda."

Hypocrites
"Follows parallel stories of an early Christian ascetic and a modern minister. Gabriel is a medieval monk who devotes himself to completing a statue of 'Truth,' only to be murdered by a mob when his work turns out to be an image of a naked woman. The contemporary Gabriel is pastor of a large urban congregation for whom religion is a matter of appearances, not beliefs. The hypocrisy of the congregation is exposed by a series of vignettes in which the Naked Truth is portrayed by a naked woman, revealing their appetites for money, sex and power."

I Don't Want To Be A Man
"While her father is away, a teenage tomboy impersonates a man in this gender-bending absurdist comedy."

Ibañez's Torrent
" is about the love between a provincial Spanish girl, Leonora (Garbo) and the spoiled, yet handsome scion of an aristocratic family, Don Rafael (Cortez). When his mother Dona Bernarda (Martha Mattox) thwarts their plans for marriage, the talented Leonora goes to Paris to study voice. Returning as a famous prima donna, she rekindles her romance with her lover after he heroically saves her from a flash flood. However, his domineering mother separates them again, forcing her son to marry a woman of her choice, Isabella (Lillian Leighton). Several more years pass, and The Fates brings the former lovers together once more."

Intolerance
"Comprised of four separate, interwoven stories, unified by the common theme of man's inhumanity to man. The Babylonian story deals with the fall of Babylon in 538 B.C. The Judean story features the life of Christ. The French story centers on the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572. The modern story is set in an American mill town and the slum area of an American city."

Iron Horse
"In Springfield, the surveyor Brandon dreams on building the first transcontinental railroad while his skeptical friend Thomas Marsh, who is a small constructor, believes he is nothing but a dreamer chasing a rainbow; their children Davy Brandon and Miriam Marsh are best friends. Brandon heads with Davy to the west, where he finds a possible pass for the railroad. However, a group of Cheyenne led by a white renegade kills and scalps Brandon; Davy, who is hidden, sees that the killer has only two fingers in his right hand. In June 1862, President Abraham Lincoln authorizes the construction of two railroads: the Union Pacific from Omaha, Nebraska, to West; and the Central Pacific, from Sacramento, California, to East...." - Claudio Carvalho

The Iron Mask
"The true dauphin is kidnapped and imprisoned, but the villains fail to take into account D'Artagnan and the three musketeers."

It
"A saucy lingerie salesgirl sets her sights on the handsome owner of the department store where she works."

Italian
"An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and tragedy tarnishes their dream of a better life in the new world." - Thomas McWilliams

The Italian Straw Hat
"A bridegroom is riding to his marriage when his horse eats a straw hat hanging on a branch while its owner, a married lady, enjoys a tryst behind the bush with her lover, a fierce hussar. She cannot go home without her hat, so the groom interlaces his wedding with an attempt to find madam a twin chapeau, launching a series of misunderstandings and embarrassments."