By Ken Wlaschin
The silent-film period used to be identified partly for its cliffhanger serials and air of suspense that stored audiences returning to theaters week after week. Icons reminiscent of Douglas Fairbanks, Laurel and Hardy, Lon Chaney and Harry Houdini have been between those that graced the darkish and shadowy display. This encyclopedic consultant to silent movies with secret and detective content material lists over 1,500 titles in a single of entertainment's most well-liked and enduring genres. whereas lots of the tested motion pictures are from North the United States, secret movies from worldwide are incorporated.
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The supporting cast included Fred Raynham, Thelma Murray, Philip Desborough and Leslie Perrins. George J. Banﬁeld produced, George A. Cooper directed and G. H. Teed wrote the screenplay. Blau-weisse Steine (Blue-White Stone) 1913 German ﬁlm (Imperator/4 reels) distributed in America by Midgar Features as Diamonds of Destiny. Detective Sharp pursues a gang of diamond and even jumps off a bridge to continue the pursuit on water. He eventually falls in love with a woman in the gang but then she kills herself for love of him.
By Whose Hand? 1927 American ﬁlm (Columbia/6 reels) based on a story by Marion Orth who wrote the screenplay. A detective is sent undercover to trap a jewel thief and entertainer Peg Hewlett (Eugenia Gilbert) is the prime suspect. Among those attending a party at which jewels are stolen are smart set members Van Suydam Smith (Ricardo Cortez), “Society Charlie” Mortimer (William Scott) and Mr. Sidney (J. Thornton Baston). Smith, who is the undercover detective, and Sidney, who is an insurance agent, expose Mortimer as the criminal.
The chapters were The Castle of Fear, The Spider’s Web, The Vanishing Heiress, The Room Without a Door, Shots in the Dark, Ambushed, The Secret of the Coin, Into the Web, The Baited Trap, The Lady in White, The Closing Web and The Final Reckoning. Blake the Lawbreaker 1928 British ﬁlm (British Filmcraft/2 reels), one of a six-ﬁlm series featuring master detective Sexton Blake played by Langhorne Burton with Mickey Brantford as his assistant Tinker. The supporting cast included Fred Raynham, Thelma Murray, Philip Desborough and Leslie Perrins.