Stark Mad

Stark Mad

theatrical release poster
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Francis Powers (titles, silent version; uncredited)
Screenplay by Harvey Gates
Story by Jerome Kingston
Starring H. B. Warner
Cinematography Barney McGill
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
February 2, 1929
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels (sound version)
Country US
Language English

Stark Mad is 1929 American Pre-Code adventure film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Lloyd Bacon. It starred silent screen greats 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

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. The soundtrack, which was recorded separately on Vitaphone disks, may survive in private hands.[2][3]

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