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Browning, Tod 1880-1962

Works: 198 works in 506 publications in 8 languages and 6,732 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Silent films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Motion picture plays  History  Fiction  Juvenile works  Vampire films  Horror films 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author of screenplay, Actor, Bibliographic antecedent, Film editor, Scenarist, Performer, Conceptor, Dedicatee
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Dracula the legacy collection by Francis Ford Coppola ( Visual )
120 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 2,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of the Count, the two head to London where the vampire hopes to stroll among respectable society by day and search for potential victims by night
Freaks by Tod Browning ( Visual )
62 editions published between 1932 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A group of freaks take revenge on a trapeze artist and her boyfriend after years of abuse. Filmed using real circus freaks
Lon Chaney collection ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"He who gets slapped" was the first film ever produced by the M-G-M studios. In this very experimentally artful film, director Seastrom presented esoteric subject matter in highly symbolic scenes. The story involves a circus performer known simply as "He," who is soundly disgraced by his wife and her lover, The Baron. He is the paradox of the circus clown who is always performing in the show to make others laugh, while away from the crowd he is unhappy, still suffering from the slaps of life's reality. In "The unholy three, " two sideshow performers commit robberies by masquerading as an elderly lady and a small child. The film was so popular with audiences that Chaney appeared in a talking version of the movie in 1930. "The unknown" features Chaney playing an armless knife thrower in a circus, using his bogus deformity as a ruse to hide from the police. He is deeply in love with the circus owner's daughter, who coincidentally has a phobia of having men's arms around her. Chaney's performance with his feet (even lighting his own cigarettes with them) and his attempt to become "authentic" in order to permanently seal his relationship with the girl both contribute to making this the strangest love story ever recorded on film
Mark of the vampire ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1935 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mask of Fu Manchu: Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and his diabolical daughter will enslave the world
Mad love by Karl Freund ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The devil-doll: A Devil's Island escapee poses as a toy shop worker, using secrets of miniaturizing human beings to do his bidding and exact his revenge on those who sent him to prison
Outside the law ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1921 and 2009 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In "Outside the law", Lon Chaney in a dual-role, stars as a kind-hearted Confucian and also as a murderous underworld figure. The two characters represent light and darkness, weighing upon the conscience of the film's protagonist, Molly, who must choose between them. In "Shadows", Chaney stars as a Chinese laundryman who becomes involved in extortion
Greatest classic films collection ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collects four classic horror films, including "House of Wax," in which a wax sculptor devises a murderous plan to restock his museum; "The Haunting," in which four individuals travel to a haunted house to study its supernatural phenomena; "Freaks," featuring a group of carnival performers who inflict revenge on a trapeze artist who mocks them; and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," the classic tale of one man's disastrous attempts to harness the evil that resides in everyone
Intolerance by D. W Griffith ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Switches back and forth between four separate stories from Babylonian times to the twentieth century to show humanity's inhumanity and intolerance through the ages
Douglas Fairbanks, a modern musketeer ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1916's "His Pictures In The Papers" features Douglas as the meat-loving son of a vegetarian food magnate who finds love with an equally carnivorous young woman. It is also a wry and prescient commentary on fame and the lengths some will go to in order to achieve it. Also from 1916, "The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish" is probably the most unconventional film Fairbanks ever appeared in, as it features him as the cocaine-addicted detective "Coke Ennyday." It was co-scripted by Tod Browning and features a flair for the bizarre he would put on ample display when directing "Dracula" and "Freaks" in the early 1930s. "Flirting With Fate" also features some darker-hued humor in its story of a depressed artist who arranges to be killed just before finding good fortune. The final film from 1916, "The Matrimaniac, " co-stars Constance Talmadge in a comic tale of the lengths a young couple will go to in order to tie the knot. The delightful "Wild And Woolly" has the Wild West-obsessed Douglas finding that the Old West does not require as much taming as he once surmised. Similarly, "Reaching For The Moon" chronicles Doug's realization that the life of a European monarch is not the fairy tale he once believed it to be. It is also an interesting comment on America's perceptions of World War I-era Europe with its depiction of a continent dominated by an unending number of assassination plots and murky counterplots. "The Modern Musketeer" demonstrates the limits and the advantages of living life according to a naive sense of chivalry exemplified by D'Artagnan. Its 17th century prologue provides a window into the sort of costume roles Doug would be playing in the years ahead. "When The Clouds Roll By" from 1919 is notable for its more surreal elements including an incredibly original and complicated dream sequence. 1920's "The Mollycoddle" and 1921's "The Nut" offer two final opportunities for Doug to display his athleticism in a modern setting. "The Mollycoddle" is almost a prototype of "North By Northwest" with Doug as a foppish American "corrupted" by the soft life in Europe who is mistaken for an American agent by a gang of ruthless smugglers. "The Nut" is an amusing film featuring Doug as an eccentric inventor whose efforts to help a young woman in her reform campaign go awry. The final film in the set, "The Mark Of Zorro, " was shot prior to "The Nut." Its overall success with critics and moviegoers convinced Doug that he should focus his efforts on producing similar period adventures--M. Boxwood (Amazon)
Victory ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Victory: An uncommitted wanderer settles on an island in the South Seas and gives a a troubled young woman refuge. The villainous Ricardo invades the island to steal their treasure
The unholy three by Jack Conway ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an hypnotic mix of creepiness and crime, a ventriloquist dons a granny disguise to team with a strongman and a little person in a bizarre robbery scheme that ends in murder
Hollywood legends of horror 6 masterworks of terror ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Plot for Doctor X: A monster lurks as a New York newspaperman investigates one of the "Moon Killer" murders in which victims are strangled, cannibalized, and surgically incised under the light of the full moon; plot for The return of Doctor X: A New York journalist finds himself out of a job when the actress that he reports as dead shows up alive and threatening to sue his newspaper; plot for Mark of the vampire: Local villagers believe a vampire is killing residents; plot for The mask of Fu Manchu: An infamous Asian mastermind and his diabolical daughter raid the tomb of Genghis Khan; plot for Mad love: An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her pianist husband's wounded hands with those of a murderer; plot for The devil-doll: A Paris banker framed for robbery and murder escapes from prison with a scientist
Intolerance (1916) continuity script by D. W Griffith ( )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Freaks : la monstrueuse parade by Tod Browning ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1932 and 2005 in English and French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Des êtres difformes se produisent dans un célèbre cirque, afin de s'exhiber en tant que phénomènes de foire. Le liliputien Hans, fiancé à l'ecuyère naine Frieda, est fasciné par la beauté de l'acrobate Cléopâtre. Apprenant que son soupirant a hérité d'une belle somme, celle-ci décide de l'épouser pour l'empoisonner ensuite avec la complicité de son amant Hercule. Mais le complot est découvert, et les amis de Hans et Frieda vont se venger
Intolerance love's struggle throughout the ages by D. W Griffith ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four separate, interwoven stories, unified by the common theme of man's inhumanity to fellow man. The Babylonian story deals with the fall of Babylon in 538 B.C. The Judean story treats 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
Dracula Frankenstein, The bride of Frankenstein, and Creature from the Black Lagoon ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bride of Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate
Dracula : director Tod Browning. and Bram Stoker's Dracula : director Francis Ford Coppola by Brian Dunbar ( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
West of Zanzibar by Tod Browning ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1928 and 2012 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When his dying wife returns with a baby girl a year after leaving him for Crane, a Limehouse magician named Phroso vows to get even. Placing the baby in a Zanzibar brothel, Phroso spends the next 18 years living with cannibals while he waits for the child to come of age. Summoning the debauched young woman to his jungle lair, Phroso plans to reunite the girl with her long-lost father, after which he'll order the natives to kill the trader and burn Crane's daughter alive!
The Gaucho ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The second title is a strange little comedy featuring Coke Ennyday, a cheerfully addicted cocaine-using "scientific detective" (in a parody of Sherlock Holmes), and his pursuit of a gang of opium smugglers
Where East is East ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Tiger Haynes learns his beloved daughter Toyo intends to marry Bobby Bailey, the son of an American circus owner, the Indochina-based animal trapper is skeptical at first, but soon gives his blessing. But when Bobby joins Tiger for a boat ride down the river, the young man soon falls under the seductive spell of fellow passenger Madame de Sylva, Toyo's estranged mother and Haynes' vengeful ex-wife. She attempts to even the score by stealing Bobby away from their daughter
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Briwning, Charles Albert.
Browning, Charles Albert.
Browning, Charles Albert, 1880-1962
Browning, Tod