Hangman's House (1928)

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  • HANGMAN'S HOUSE


    DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY JOHN FORD
    FOX FILM CORPORATION




    Information from IMDb


    Plot Summary
    As "Hanging Judge" James O'Brien approaches death,
    he prepares for his daughter's welfare by arranging
    her marriage to the wealthy John Darcy, whom she despises.
    Meanwhile, an exiled patriot named Hogan returns
    to Ireland to kill the man who caused his sister's suicide.
    That man is Darcy.
    Written by Jim Beaver


    Full Cast
    Victor McLaglen .... Citizen Denis Hogan
    June Collyer .... Connaught 'Conn' O'Brien
    Earle Foxe .... John D'Arcy
    Larry Kent .... Dermot McDermot
    Hobart Bosworth .... Lord Chief Justice James O'Brien:
    Joseph Burke .... Neddy Joe, Dermot's Servant (uncredited)
    Mary Gordon .... The Woman at Hogan's Hideout (uncredited)
    Eric Mayne .... Colonel Of Legionnaires (uncredited)
    Jack Pennick .... Man bringing Dermot to Hogan (uncredited)
    Belle Stoddard .... Anne McDermott (uncredited)
    Duke Morrison .... Horse Race Spectator/Condemned Man in Flashback (uncredited)


    Writing Credits
    Malcolm Stuart Boylan titles
    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne (novel) (as Donn Byrne)
    Philip Klein adaptation
    Willard Mack uncredited
    Marion Orth


    Original Music
    Tim Curran


    Cinematography
    George Schneiderman


    Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
    Philip Ford .... assistant director (uncredited)


    Other crew
    William Fox .... presenter


    Trivia
    Set in Ireland and notable today as the movie,
    in which John Wayne was first clearly visible.
    It is now known that this was indeed
    the first visible apperance of Duke in a John Ford movie,
    however its is now considered that Duke
    first visible appearance was in
    the Ham Hamillton Comedy.
    Careful Please
    released earlier in the year of 1926.


    Filming Locations
    Unknown

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 21 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Hangman's House is a 1928 romantic drama genre silent film
    set in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, directed by John Ford (uncredited)
    with inter-titles written by Malcolm Stuart Boylan.
    It is based on a novel by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne.
    It was adapted by Philip Klein with scenarios by Marion Orth.
    The film is also notable for containing the first confirmed appearance
    by John Wayne in a John Ford film.


    Set in Ireland and notable today as the movie,
    in which John Wayne was first clearly visible.
    It is now known that this was indeed
    the first visible apperance of Duke in a John Ford movie,
    however its is now considered that Duke
    first visible appearance was in
    the Ham Hamillton Comedy.
    Careful Please

    released earlier in the year of 1926.


    In Hangman's House he is a spectator at the steeplechase.
    He knocks the fence down and leads
    the other spectators toward the winning horse.


    Duke is seen:-


    5 mins
    into the movie, in silhouette, Duke is seen
    standing on the gallows, awaiting execution.
    Although the scene is just a few seconds long,
    it is clear from the victims stature that it is him.


    26 mins
    Duke is seen in a head shot
    as another victim, in the tortured judges mind
    as he greets death.

    38 mins

    Duke is clearly seen, in four quick shots,
    that total 10 seconds.
    In the most shown clip of Duke's participation,
    he seen at the horse race,
    pounding on the fence until he finally crashes through it!



    User Review

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Hi

    The shot of Duke in sillohette nearly proved to be his only appearance as during the sequence he got a fit of the giggles.
    Luckily Ford let him off.

    Regards

    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Great eye, Elly. What patience you must have to scour these films slowly just looking for a glimpse. Fantastic job you doing.


    Mark

    "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "

  • Thanks Mark!

    Chester on this one about 4 hours but I had a few clues and Arthur gave me some great pointers.

    BUT

    On something like Noah's ark which I looked at recently it took in total 10 hours. Of course I do not watch for 10 hours straight I have a few breaks.

    I dont know the total hours spent watching things where I find nothing but just one find is worth it.

    and whilst we are no the subject of Hangmans house here is another scene JW appears in.

    When I look at the screen captures all together its almost like looking at different people. On the cart and punching the fence he looks like a boy yet in this one he looks like a mature man exactly the same as some of his much later films.

    Something else for me to be aware of when I am "scouring" these early movies.


    Hangmans house 08.jpg

    Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind

  • Hi Chester

    Oregon trail

    I. American Film Institute list cast “John Wayne (Capt. John Delmont), Ann Rutherford (Anne Ridgeley). Directed by Scott Pembroke.”

    II. No print has been viewed by the American Film Institute.

    III. This is considered lost.18 http://www.b-westerns.com/lost.htm

    I am awaiting a reply from Library of Congress to find out if they have a copy.

    Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind

  • Thank you for the reply, Elly, looking forward for any positive responses.

    Chester :newyear:



    Library of Congress do not have a print of this film.

    UCLA does not have a print of this film.

    I AM TOLD that a member of this board has a copy of this film?

    Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind

  • Library of Congress do not have a print of this film.

    UCLA does not have a print of this film.

    I AM TOLD that a member of this board has a copy of this film?


    That's interesting Elly. I have no idea who that could be!

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

  • Some of these clips are the usual accepted views of JW in "Hangman's House," including the silhouette of JW as a victim about to be hung. The others are of him helping knock down a fence at a horse race, plus a view of him in a cart. There's also a shot of JW as a spectator at the horse race standing at another gate - on the left.

  • I. “He [Duke] wasn’t given screen credit but he appeared in silhouette as a condemned man in court (a shadowy flashback in a judge’s memory) and as a racetrack spectator in an action scene”


    II. “Hangman’s House (William Fox studios 1928)… Duke got his first close up in this film as a racetrack spectator; he was unbilled.”


    III. “Wayne appeared in two sequences, of which only one survived the editing process.”


    IV. “. . . Wayne is clearly visible in four shots, two of them centered on him.”


    V. “While continuing work as a propman, Wayne did a bit part in Ford’s “Hangman’s House”, in which he was billed as Duke Morrison.”


    VI. “Wayne continued working in the prop department [Fox] and now and then as a stuntman. He also began to get bit parts in…Ford films such as Hangman’s House….”


    VII. “Cast…John Wayne.” Page 3113


    VIII. “By 1928 Duke was getting bit parts in films for Ford and other directors… an unbilled extra in Hangman’s House.”


    With thanks to Elly
    John Wayne Before Stagecoach

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

  • Just watched it. The first gallows scene at 5:45 does not appear to be Duke. Too short. He is no taller than the other two men on the same platform…unless they are also 6’4. He is seen at 20:41 in a flashback, with rope around his neck to be hanged. He is definitely a spectator at 39:00 - 40:00