Stark Mad

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Stark Mad
Stark Mad poster.jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed byLloyd Bacon
Written byFrancis Powers (titles, silent version; uncredited)
Screenplay byHarvey Gates
Story byJerome Kingston
StarringH. B. Warner
CinematographyBarney McGill
Edited byRalph Dawson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
February 2, 1929
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels (sound version)
CountryUnited States

Stark Mad is a 1929 American pre-Code adventure film produced and distributed by Warner Bros., directed by Lloyd Bacon, and starring H. B. Warner, Louise Fazenda, Jacqueline Logan and Henry B. Walthall.


James Rutherford has organized an expedition to the jungles of Central America to find his missing son, Bob, and his guide, Simpson. Professor Dangerfield intercepts the party, bringing with him Simpson, whose jungle experience has made him a raving maniac. They go ashore and decide to spend a night at a Mayan temple. After Irene, Bob's fiancée, disappears, they come across a gigantic ape chained to the floor, and Captain Rhodes, commander of the yacht, is abducted by a strange monster with great hairy talons. Messages are found warning the party to leave. Sewald, an explorer, is mysteriously killed by an arrow. Simpson's reason returns, and he saves the party, revealing that the demented hermit, whom he has just killed, and who formerly occupied the ruins, murdered Bob two months before.


Preservation status[edit]

The film was released in a silent version for theaters not converted to sound.[1] Both sound and silent versions are lost.

The film is believed to be lost.[citation needed] The soundtrack, which was recorded separately on Vitaphone disks, may survive in private hands.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AFI listing".
  2. ^ "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List".
  3. ^ "Lost Film Files - Warner".

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