The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra is a 1928 American short silent film which tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9413 written on his forehead), after which he dies and goes on Heaven, where the number is removed. It stars Voya George, Adriane Marsh and Jules Raucourt.
The film was written by Robert Florey, and directed by Florey and Slavko Vorkapich. It was photographed by Gregg Toland, later famed for his cinematography on films such as Citizen Kane and Grapes of Wrath.
In 1997, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film has been restored and released on two DVD collections Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941 and Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920's and 1930's.
The film was shown in Leeds Film Festival in November 2008, as part of Back to the Electric Palace, with live music by Larry Goves, performed in partnership with Opera North.
According to Florey. the total expenditure made for the production was $97.00. The breakup of which is as follows: Negative ... $25.00 Store Props ... $3.00 Development and Printing ...$55.00 Transportation,etc. ... $14.00
This low cost was possible due to the use of set made using toys and cardboard buildings. Most of the filming was indoors. The actors Jules Raucort and Voya George did not get immediate payment for their work. They were supposed to be compensated with benefits which might latter accrue. The role of heroine was played by Adrian March an 'extra girl'.
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