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Masquerade marked Russel J. Birdwell's directorial debut. In 1924, Fox produced a silent film based on the Louis Joseph Vance novel. That film, entitled The Brass Bowl , was directed by Jerome Storm and starred Edmund Lowe and Claire Adams (See ... More Less

Masquerade marked Russel J. Birdwell's directorial debut. In 1924, Fox produced a silent film based on the Louis Joseph Vance novel. That film, entitled The Brass Bowl , was directed by Jerome Storm and starred Edmund Lowe and Claire Adams (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Sep 1929.
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Variety
11 Sep 1929
p. 33.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Staged by
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Brass Bowl by Louis Joseph Vance (Indianapolis, 1907).
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 July 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP539
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,674
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sylvia Graeme is a young, ingenuous girl whose father, Andrew, is in jail where he likely will remain owing to some incriminating papers being secured, she believes, in the apartment secretary of world traveler Dan Maitland. She is nearly surprised by Maitland and his companion Blodgett after she has broken in, and her escape is marred by leaving behind her gloves and purse. Crook Dan Anisty, also after the same papers, hovers about these events waiting for an opportunity to purloin the files. At one point he blackjacks Maitland and takes his place, trying to induce Sylvia to surrender the files by masquerading as Maitland. Maitland in turn impersonates Anisty, much to the dismay and confusion of both Miss Graeme and Blodgett. The climax is an encounter between the two look-alikes on the roof of the apartment building, with Maitland besting his double and winning Miss Graeme in the ... +


Sylvia Graeme is a young, ingenuous girl whose father, Andrew, is in jail where he likely will remain owing to some incriminating papers being secured, she believes, in the apartment secretary of world traveler Dan Maitland. She is nearly surprised by Maitland and his companion Blodgett after she has broken in, and her escape is marred by leaving behind her gloves and purse. Crook Dan Anisty, also after the same papers, hovers about these events waiting for an opportunity to purloin the files. At one point he blackjacks Maitland and takes his place, trying to induce Sylvia to surrender the files by masquerading as Maitland. Maitland in turn impersonates Anisty, much to the dismay and confusion of both Miss Graeme and Blodgett. The climax is an encounter between the two look-alikes on the roof of the apartment building, with Maitland besting his double and winning Miss Graeme in the bargain. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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