Whispering Chorus

Whispering Chorus


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Whispering Chorus

The Whispering Chorus was arguably the closest Cecil B. DeMille ever came to making an "art" picture. Stalwart DeMille supporting player Raymond Hatton gave the performance of his career as embezzling bank clerk John Trimble. Hoping to escape punishment for his crimes, Trimble arranges for an anonymous, mutilated corpse to be identified as his own then starts life over again with a new identity. Several years later, however, Trimble is caught in a web of circumstantial evidence, and ends up being put on trial for his own murder! Prepared to reveal his true identity, Trimble is begged not to do so by his dying mother (Edythe Chapman), since such a revelation would bring disgrace upon Trimble's "widow" Jane (Kathryn Williams), who has since become the wife of Governor George Cogswell (Elliot Dexter) and is currently pregnant with her second husband's baby. Not wishing to see his wife branded a bigamist and her unborn child labelled a bastard, Trimble maintains his silence and willingly goes to the gallows. Some of the special-effects work in The Whispering Chorus bordered on the miraculous, especially the sequence in which Trimble is "surrounded" by the voices of his Thoughts, but what lingers longest in the memory are the performances by Raymond Hatton and Edythe Chapman. Unfortunately, The Whispering Chorus was a resounding failure at the box office, convincing director DeMille to ever afterward forsake "Art" in favor of gaudy showmanship.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
UPC: 0089218732293
Original Release: 1918
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Sales rank: 75,563

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Faye Girl in Waterfront Dive
J. Parke Jones Tom Burns
Gustav von Seyffertitz Mocking Face
Raymond Hatton John Trimble
Kathlyn Williams Jane Trimble
Edythe Chapman John Trimble's Mother
Elliott Dexter George Coggeswell
Noah Beery Longshoreman
Guy Oliver Chief McFarland
John Burton Charles Barden
Tully Marshall F. P. Clumley
W.H. Brown Stauberry
James Neill Channing
Walter Lynch Evil Face
Edna Mae Cooper Good Face

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Editor,Producer
Wilfred Buckland Art Director
Jeannie Macpherson Screenwriter
Alvin Wyckoff Cinematographer

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