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Wallace Worsley

Wallace A. Worsley Sr. (8 December 1878 in Wappingers Falls, New York, USA – 26 March 1944 in Hollywood, California, USA) was an American stage actor who became a director in the silent film era. Worsley directed 29 films during the years 1918-1928 and acted in 7 films. He directed several films starring Lon Chaney Sr. and his professional relationship with the actor was the best Chaney had second to his partnership with Tod Browning. The Hunchback of Notre Dame from 1923 is one of his best known works and along with The Penalty (1920), enjoys good exposure on home video and DVD. Worsley's 1922 horror film A Blind Bargain with Chaney is one of the most sought after lost films. Worsley was married to actress Julia M. Taylor with whom he had two sons, Paul Worsley and the film director Wallace Worsley Jr.

Filmography as a director

  1. An Alien Enemy (1918)
  2. Social Ambition (1918)
  3. Honor's Cross (1918)
  4. Wedlock (1918)
  5. A Law Unto Herself (1918)
  6. The Goddess of Lost Lake (1918)
  7. Adele (1919)
  8. Diane of the Green Van (1919)
  9. Playthings of Passion (1919)
  10. A Woman of Pleasure (1919)
  11. The Street Called Straight (1920)
  12. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1920)
  13. The Penalty (1920/I)
  14. The Highest Bidder (1921)
  15. Don't Neglect Your Wife (1921)
  16. The Beautiful Liar (1921)
  17. The Ace of Hearts (1921)
  18. Voices of the City (1921)
  19. Rags to Riches (1922)
  20. A Blind Bargain (1922)
  21. When Husbands Deceive (1922)
  22. Enter Madame (1922)
  23. Grand Larceny (1922)
  24. Nobody's Money (1923)
  25. Is Divorce a Failure? (1923)
  26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
  27. The Man Who Fights Alone (1924)
  28. Shadow of the Law (1926)
  29. The Power of Silence (1928)

Filmography as an actor

  1. A Man's Man (1923) as Henry Jenks
  2. The Turn of a Card (1918) as John Hays Cotton
  3. Madam Who (1918) as Albert Lockhart
  4. A Man's Man (1918) as Henry Jenks
  5. Alimony (1917) as John Flint
  6. Borrowed Plumage (1917) as Sir Charles Broome
  7. Paws of the Bear (1917) as Curt Schrieber

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wallace Worsley at Internet Broadway Database]
  • Wallace Worsley as an actor on Broadway; photo from NYP Library
  • Wallace Worsley gravesite at Findagrave


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