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This was the first film distributed by Realart Pictures Corp. In his autobiography, Josef von Sternberg (1894-1969) states that he was director Chautard's assistant on this film, and that Chautard permitted him to direct a few scenes; it would thus have marked Sternberg's first work as a director, and possibly his first film. Some sources credit Captain Joseph Morisson with the role of Judge de Marquet. Several other versions of the Leroux novel were made, including a French 1913 film directed by Maurice ... More Less

This was the first film distributed by Realart Pictures Corp. In his autobiography, Josef von Sternberg (1894-1969) states that he was director Chautard's assistant on this film, and that Chautard permitted him to direct a few scenes; it would thus have marked Sternberg's first work as a director, and possibly his first film. Some sources credit Captain Joseph Morisson with the role of Judge de Marquet. Several other versions of the Leroux novel were made, including a French 1913 film directed by Maurice Tourneur. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
1 Nov 19
p. 1873.
MPN
1 Nov 19
p. 3347.
MPW
17 Jan 20
p. 472.
New York Morning Telegraph
15 Jun 1919.
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Variety
24 Oct 19
p. 60.
Wid's
26 Oct 19
p. 21.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 October 1919
Copyright Claimants:
Mayflower Photoplay Corp. Realart Pictures Corp.
Copyright Dates:
18 October 1919 30 October 1919
Copyright Numbers:
LU14489 LP14420
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Although Mathilde Stangerson loves Robert Darzac, she puts off marriage so she can continue to aide her father, a scientist, in his experiments. Later, on the eve of her engagement announcement, Mathilde leaves her father in his laboratory at midnight, and goes to her adjoining yellow room. The professor, hearing screams and gunshots, breaks Mathilde's locked door to find her bloodied, and the room in disarray, with papers of their studies stolen. How the assailant escaped the room, with a locked door and windows secured with iron shutters, is a mystery which baffles the renowned police detective Frederic Larsan, and cub reporter Rouletabille, assigned to the case. While Larsan investigates at the house, the professor's gamekeeper is murdered. Although clues lead to Robert, who, when arrested, refuses to explain his actions, Rouletabille returns from America to interrupt the trial with the solution to the mystery and prove that Larsan is the ... +


Although Mathilde Stangerson loves Robert Darzac, she puts off marriage so she can continue to aide her father, a scientist, in his experiments. Later, on the eve of her engagement announcement, Mathilde leaves her father in his laboratory at midnight, and goes to her adjoining yellow room. The professor, hearing screams and gunshots, breaks Mathilde's locked door to find her bloodied, and the room in disarray, with papers of their studies stolen. How the assailant escaped the room, with a locked door and windows secured with iron shutters, is a mystery which baffles the renowned police detective Frederic Larsan, and cub reporter Rouletabille, assigned to the case. While Larsan investigates at the house, the professor's gamekeeper is murdered. Although clues lead to Robert, who, when arrested, refuses to explain his actions, Rouletabille returns from America to interrupt the trial with the solution to the mystery and prove that Larsan is the killer. +

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