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HISTORY

Marshall Neilan secured the services of a number of journalists to appear in the film, including Samuel G. Blythe, Myles Lasker, Ring Lardner, Irvin S. Cobb, Arthur Brisbane and Robert ... More Less

Marshall Neilan secured the services of a number of journalists to appear in the film, including Samuel G. Blythe, Myles Lasker, Ring Lardner, Irvin S. Cobb, Arthur Brisbane and Robert Edgren. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
21 Jul 20
p. 943.
MPN
5 Jun 20
p. 4658.
MPW
31 Jul 20
p. 641.
New York Morning Telegraph
3 Oct 1920.
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New York Times
19 Jul 20
p. 76.
Variety
23 Jul 20
p. 33.
Wid's
25 Jul 20
p. 11.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 July 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Marshall Neilan Productions
Copyright Date:
22 August 1920
Copyright Number:
LP17195
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Newspaper publisher "Shut the Door" Gordon conspires with the publisher of a rival sheet to wreck the paper entrusted to Gordon so that he can obtain full control. The owner, Helen Allen, who inherited the paper from her father, suspects foul play, and to investigate, obtains a job on the journal under an assumed name. Her quest is aided by reporter Kirk Connelly, who is tired of being scooped by other papers. When a series of brutal murders occur, including the death of renowned surgeon Dr. Ord, Kirk starts on the trail of the assassin. After many wild adventures, which include a chase by airplane and seaplane after a missing witness, Kirk solves the mystery by discovering that the culprit was a gorilla into whose skull Dr. Ord had transplanted the brain of a murderer. Kirk writes the story and scoops his competitors, the plotters are exposed and Helen marries her star ... +


Newspaper publisher "Shut the Door" Gordon conspires with the publisher of a rival sheet to wreck the paper entrusted to Gordon so that he can obtain full control. The owner, Helen Allen, who inherited the paper from her father, suspects foul play, and to investigate, obtains a job on the journal under an assumed name. Her quest is aided by reporter Kirk Connelly, who is tired of being scooped by other papers. When a series of brutal murders occur, including the death of renowned surgeon Dr. Ord, Kirk starts on the trail of the assassin. After many wild adventures, which include a chase by airplane and seaplane after a missing witness, Kirk solves the mystery by discovering that the culprit was a gorilla into whose skull Dr. Ord had transplanted the brain of a murderer. Kirk writes the story and scoops his competitors, the plotters are exposed and Helen marries her star reporter. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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