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A 1941 item in the Paramount Studio records places Rudolph de Cordova in the cast. In a contemporary trade article, William Cameron Menzies, then on the art staff of Famous Players-Lasky, is credited with the task of sketching the office of the chief of detectives at New York's Police Headquarters for the purpose of reproducing it as a set. The role of Florence Chandler was originally filled by Anna Lehr, who was replaced by Marguerite Courtot in the middle of shooting due to the former's illness. Wid's credits J. Barlatier (probably Andre Barlatier) with the film's cinematography, but other contemporary sources credit Al Ligouri. For information on other films based on the Arsene Lupin character, see the above listing for Arsene Lupin ... More Less

A 1941 item in the Paramount Studio records places Rudolph de Cordova in the cast. In a contemporary trade article, William Cameron Menzies, then on the art staff of Famous Players-Lasky, is credited with the task of sketching the office of the chief of detectives at New York's Police Headquarters for the purpose of reproducing it as a set. The role of Florence Chandler was originally filled by Anna Lehr, who was replaced by Marguerite Courtot in the middle of shooting due to the former's illness. Wid's credits J. Barlatier (probably Andre Barlatier) with the film's cinematography, but other contemporary sources credit Al Ligouri. For information on other films based on the Arsene Lupin character, see the above listing for Arsene Lupin . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Dec 19
p. 857.
MPN
20 Dec 19
p. 4533.
MPW
13 Dec 19
p. 857.
Variety
26 Oct 1919.
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Wid's
26 Oct 19
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 November 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 September 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14206
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,407
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Living quietly under the assumed name Paul Sernine, reformed gentleman crook Arsene Lupin is summoned to protect his invalid, wealthy friend Henry Forbes. Despite the watchfulness of Paul and Alexandre Mazeroux, a fellow criminal turned detective, Forbes is murdered. French detective Jabot and the New York detective force have many suspects including Paul, Marie Forbes, the dead man's widow who is suspected on the basis of an apple found with an imprint of her teeth on it, Gordon Savage, her lover, and Florence Chandler, Forbes' secretary and beneficiary under his will. After a series of traps, false arrests, chases through secret passageways, and an escape from handcuffs, Paul deduces that the true criminal is Doctor Varney, who cared for Forbes. Paul prevents Varney from blowing up the house, and at the same time wins the affections of ... +


Living quietly under the assumed name Paul Sernine, reformed gentleman crook Arsene Lupin is summoned to protect his invalid, wealthy friend Henry Forbes. Despite the watchfulness of Paul and Alexandre Mazeroux, a fellow criminal turned detective, Forbes is murdered. French detective Jabot and the New York detective force have many suspects including Paul, Marie Forbes, the dead man's widow who is suspected on the basis of an apple found with an imprint of her teeth on it, Gordon Savage, her lover, and Florence Chandler, Forbes' secretary and beneficiary under his will. After a series of traps, false arrests, chases through secret passageways, and an escape from handcuffs, Paul deduces that the true criminal is Doctor Varney, who cared for Forbes. Paul prevents Varney from blowing up the house, and at the same time wins the affections of Florence. +

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