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The working title of this film was Behind Red Curtains ... More Less

The working title of this film was Behind Red Curtains . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Jul 20
p. 842.
MPN
21 Feb 20
p. 1950.
MPN
6 Mar 20
p. 2355.
MPN
5 Jun 20
p. 4626.
MPN
21 Aug 20
pp. 1528-29.
MPW
24 Jul 20
p. 507.
MPW
28 Aug 20
pp. 1154-55.
New York Times
12 Jul 20
p. 12.
Variety
16 Jul 20
p. 32.
Wid's
18 Jul 20
p. 5.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Behind Red Curtains
Release Date:
1 August 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, inc.
Copyright Date:
29 June 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15302
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,696
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a house party at the Copeland residence, hypnotist Norman Osgood entrances guest Harrison Kirke. Upon waking from his trance, Kirke becomes so angry that he threatens Osgood's life. The hypnotist then secretly provides George Clayton with a suggestion to kill Kirke "one hour before dawn." The next morning, Kirke is found murdered, and Clayton recalls a terrible dream in which he had killed Kirke, leading him to fear that he committed the crime while sleeping. When the detective arrives to investigate, Clayton's fears cast suspicion upon him, but after several false leads, the detective finally unmasks the real killer as Bob Manning, an old enemy of ... +


During a house party at the Copeland residence, hypnotist Norman Osgood entrances guest Harrison Kirke. Upon waking from his trance, Kirke becomes so angry that he threatens Osgood's life. The hypnotist then secretly provides George Clayton with a suggestion to kill Kirke "one hour before dawn." The next morning, Kirke is found murdered, and Clayton recalls a terrible dream in which he had killed Kirke, leading him to fear that he committed the crime while sleeping. When the detective arrives to investigate, Clayton's fears cast suspicion upon him, but after several false leads, the detective finally unmasks the real killer as Bob Manning, an old enemy of Kirke's. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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