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|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Written by||Francis Powers (titles, silent version; uncredited)|
|Screenplay by||Harvey Gates|
|Story by||Jerome Kingston|
|Starring||H. B. Warner|
|Edited by||Ralph Dawson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|February 2, 1929|
|70 minutes; 7 reels (sound version)|
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.
- H. B. Warner as Professor Dangerfield
- Louise Fazenda as Mrs. Fleming
- Jacqueline Logan as Irene
- Henry B. Walthall as Captain Rhodes
- Claude Gillingwater as James Rutherford
- John Miljan as Dr. Milo
- Andre Beranger as Simpson, a guide
- Warner Richmond as First mate
- Lionel Belmore as Amos Sewald
- Charles Gemora as Gorilla (uncredited)
The film was released in a silent version for theaters not converted to sound. Both sound and silent versions are lost.