Lon Chaney is a wonderful Quasimodo
From The Times: November 21, 1923
There is only one fault in the American film version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, which was shown at the Empire Theatre on Monday night. Once again we are presented with a “happy ending” in a film when the author of the story on which it is based intended the very opposite.
In this film the dwarf, Quasimodo, dies very properly at the end, but Esmeralda, instead of being executed, is spared by the kind-hearted scenario writer, to fall contentedly into her lover’s arms. Thus, in the last few hundred feet of film an excellent production is almost spoiled — apparently to please the exhibitor who, with a complete ignorance of what the public wants, steadfastly declines to