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According to a contemporary news item, Chief Healey, the head of the Chicago police department, refused to issue a permit allowing this film to be screened in Chicago as he felt the large German population of the city would be offended by the story. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
18 Sep 15
p. 600.
MPN
14 Aug 15
p. 49.
MPN
11 Sep 15
p. 4.
MPN
5 Aug 16
p. 22.
MPW
11 Sep 15
p. 1818, 1849
MPW
18 Sep 15
p. 2078, 2084
MPW
25 Sep 15
p. 2197.
MPW
9 Oct 15
p. 270.
Variety
17 Sep 15
p. 25.
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DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Ivory Snuff Box by Frederic Arnold Kummer (New York, 1912).
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 September 1915
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 September 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6398
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the eve of his honeymoon, Richard Duvall, an American detective employed by the French Secret Police, receives a message that the French Ambassador to England has lost an ivory snuff box that must be recovered immediately. While Richard goes to London to investigate, Grace, his bride, aids in the case by placing herself in a Brussels sanitarium run by Dr. Hartmann, a German spy. After finding the primary suspect murdered, Richard shows up at the sanitarium and, by a clever ruse, secures the snuff box, hiding it in the lining of his top hat. Hartmann kidnaps Richard and begins to torture him for information. Between interrogations, Richard inspects the box and, finding a series of coded messages, substitutes a phony code for the original. To break the silence, Hartmann tortures Richard in front of Grace, and she hands over the box. Convinced of his victory, Hartmann releases the couple, who then return the real coded message to the ... +


On the eve of his honeymoon, Richard Duvall, an American detective employed by the French Secret Police, receives a message that the French Ambassador to England has lost an ivory snuff box that must be recovered immediately. While Richard goes to London to investigate, Grace, his bride, aids in the case by placing herself in a Brussels sanitarium run by Dr. Hartmann, a German spy. After finding the primary suspect murdered, Richard shows up at the sanitarium and, by a clever ruse, secures the snuff box, hiding it in the lining of his top hat. Hartmann kidnaps Richard and begins to torture him for information. Between interrogations, Richard inspects the box and, finding a series of coded messages, substitutes a phony code for the original. To break the silence, Hartmann tortures Richard in front of Grace, and she hands over the box. Convinced of his victory, Hartmann releases the couple, who then return the real coded message to the police. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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