A Thief in the Dark (1928)

54 mins | Mystery | 20 May 1928

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HISTORY

Writing credits for the film vary within available contemporary sources: According to copyright records, the story was by Albert Ray and Andrew Bennison, with the scenario written by C. Graham Baker; The Var review credits only Bennison with the story and William Kernell with the titles; the FD review does not give a story credit, but attributes the scenario to C. Graham Baker and the titles to William Kernell. Although some sources attribute the story to Kenneth Hawks, his contribution to the story is doubtful. ...

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Writing credits for the film vary within available contemporary sources: According to copyright records, the story was by Albert Ray and Andrew Bennison, with the scenario written by C. Graham Baker; The Var review credits only Bennison with the story and William Kernell with the titles; the FD review does not give a story credit, but attributes the scenario to C. Graham Baker and the titles to William Kernell. Although some sources attribute the story to Kenneth Hawks, his contribution to the story is doubtful.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
20 May 1928
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Variety
13 Jun 1928
p. 27
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
C. Graham Baker
Scen
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 May 1928
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp.
13 April 1928
LP25172
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54
Length(in feet):
5,937
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A troupe of fake spiritualists traveling with a carnival are crooks on the side. Professor Xeno, a mystic, kills a "rich old bunny" for a case of jewels, while Ernest, the newest recruit, falls for Elise, the granddaughter. Ernest relents after his first job and turns hero by exposing Xeno as the murderer. Xeno meets his end when the jewel case, wired for burglars, blows up in his face when he opens ...

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A troupe of fake spiritualists traveling with a carnival are crooks on the side. Professor Xeno, a mystic, kills a "rich old bunny" for a case of jewels, while Ernest, the newest recruit, falls for Elise, the granddaughter. Ernest relents after his first job and turns hero by exposing Xeno as the murderer. Xeno meets his end when the jewel case, wired for burglars, blows up in his face when he opens it.

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GENRE
Genre:


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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