Beware of Strangers (1917)

Drama | February 1917

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HISTORY

The film's working title was The International Syndicate . According to a news item, this film revealed the modus operandi of a blackmailing syndicate which had recently been exposed by the U. S. Department of Justice. The film had its premiere in Chicago on 10 Feb ... More Less

The film's working title was The International Syndicate . According to a news item, this film revealed the modus operandi of a blackmailing syndicate which had recently been exposed by the U. S. Department of Justice. The film had its premiere in Chicago on 10 Feb 1917. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
24 Feb 17
p. 425.
MPN
3 Mar 17
p. 1425.
MPW
24 Feb 17
p. 1192.
MPW
24 Nov 17
p. 1187.
MPW
10 Mar 17
p. 1556.
NYDM
27 Jan 17
p. 61.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The International Syndicate
Release Date:
February 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John Mentor, ostensibly a prominent business man, is really the head of a clever crime syndicate. When his daughter Madeleine discovers her father's real character, she severs all ties with him. The syndicate robs Harry Lyttle, a small town banker, by preying on his credulity and greed through a clairvoyant and a crooked handbook. Lyttle's losses lead to the bank's failure, transforming the love of his sweetheart into hate and contempt. Joining the syndicate, she avenges herself on Lyttle by making him a tool of the gangsters. Next, the syndicate attempts to blackmail a millionaire by framing him for a violation of the Mann Act. The syndicate signs its own death warrant when, unaware of her identity, they rob Mentor's daughter, who then helps government officials indict the ... +


John Mentor, ostensibly a prominent business man, is really the head of a clever crime syndicate. When his daughter Madeleine discovers her father's real character, she severs all ties with him. The syndicate robs Harry Lyttle, a small town banker, by preying on his credulity and greed through a clairvoyant and a crooked handbook. Lyttle's losses lead to the bank's failure, transforming the love of his sweetheart into hate and contempt. Joining the syndicate, she avenges herself on Lyttle by making him a tool of the gangsters. Next, the syndicate attempts to blackmail a millionaire by framing him for a violation of the Mann Act. The syndicate signs its own death warrant when, unaware of her identity, they rob Mentor's daughter, who then helps government officials indict the gang. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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