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The film’s 20 Sep 1913 release was announced in that day’s editions of New York Clipper and Moving Picture News. Actor Martin Faust was credited with playing “the Son” by the Jan 1914 Motion Picture Story Magazine.
       A review in the 3 Apr 1914 Var attributed much of the film’s entertainment value to renowned stage actor Henry E. Dixey, whose skill “bolsters up the feature when it begins to flop around like a chicken with its head cut off.” The title came from the telephone number of Dixey’s character, “Detective Kirby.”
       Although most sources stated that the picture was comprised of four reels, the 4 Oct 1913 Motography listed only three.
       According to the 4 Apr 1914 Motion Picture News, distribution in the state of New York was handled by the William L. Sherry Feature Film Co.
       A sequel, titled An Hour Before Dawn, was released in late 1913, starring Laura Sawyer, reprising her role as “Kate ... More Less

The film’s 20 Sep 1913 release was announced in that day’s editions of New York Clipper and Moving Picture News. Actor Martin Faust was credited with playing “the Son” by the Jan 1914 Motion Picture Story Magazine.
       A review in the 3 Apr 1914 Var attributed much of the film’s entertainment value to renowned stage actor Henry E. Dixey, whose skill “bolsters up the feature when it begins to flop around like a chicken with its head cut off.” The title came from the telephone number of Dixey’s character, “Detective Kirby.”
       Although most sources stated that the picture was comprised of four reels, the 4 Oct 1913 Motography listed only three.
       According to the 4 Apr 1914 Motion Picture News, distribution in the state of New York was handled by the William L. Sherry Feature Film Co.
       A sequel, titled An Hour Before Dawn, was released in late 1913, starring Laura Sawyer, reprising her role as “Kate Kirby.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
20 Sep 1913
p. 23
Motion Picture News
4 Apr 1914
p. 60
Motion Picture Story Magazine
Dec 1913
p. 124
Motion Picture Story Magazine
Jan 1914
p. 156
Motography
4 Oct 1913
p. 262
Moving Picture World
27 Sep 13
pp. 1354-55, 1398
New York Clipper
20 Sep 1913
p. 14
New York Clipper
27 Sep 1913
p. 8
Variety
3 Apr 14
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 September 1913
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 September 1913
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Detective Kirby, a paraplegic, discovers that his daughter is the prisoner of a band of counterfeiters led by the evil Professor Grimble, whose son is serving a twenty-year prison sentence based on Kirby's evidence. Desperate in his helplessness, Kirby summons help by setting his own flat ablaze and is rescued by firemen. Later, Kirby's daughter manages to reach her father by telephone and taps out, in telegraphic code, a message describing her plight. In the end, she escapes, an explosion kills Grimble, and the police arrest the professor's ... +


Detective Kirby, a paraplegic, discovers that his daughter is the prisoner of a band of counterfeiters led by the evil Professor Grimble, whose son is serving a twenty-year prison sentence based on Kirby's evidence. Desperate in his helplessness, Kirby summons help by setting his own flat ablaze and is rescued by firemen. Later, Kirby's daughter manages to reach her father by telephone and taps out, in telegraphic code, a message describing her plight. In the end, she escapes, an explosion kills Grimble, and the police arrest the professor's cronies. +

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