The Menace of the Mute (1915)

Mystery | 5 November 1915

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HISTORY

This film was the second production in a series called "Ashton-Kirk, Investigator," the first being An Affair of Three Nations (see above). William Hartigan was also listed as William Harrigan in one ... More Less

This film was the second production in a series called "Ashton-Kirk, Investigator," the first being An Affair of Three Nations (see above). William Hartigan was also listed as William Harrigan in one source. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Nov 15
pp. 1031-32, 1051
MPN
6 Nov 15
p. 88.
MPN
13 Nov 15
pp. 8-9, 114
MPW
30 Oct 15
p. 30.
NYDM
6 Nov 15
p. 37.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Gold Rooster Plays
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Menace of the Mute" in Ashton-Kirk: Investigator by John Thomas McIntyre (Philadelphia, 1910).
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Frères
Copyright Date:
10 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When Edyth Vail trails her loving but distracted fiancé Allen Morris and stumbles upon the murdered body of David Hume, she suspects that Allen has committed the crime and immediately contacts Ashton-Kirk, a noted sleuth. After some careful investigation, Kirk uncovers the fact that Hume was killed while protecting a safe hidden behind a picture, and that Allen's father, an inventor, had recently drawn plans for a new submarine. Allen finally admits that he had gone to Hume's room in hopes of retrieving the papers Hume had stolen from his father, but upon discovering the man dead, had panicked and left. With the help of a train conducter's ticket punch, Kirk tracks down the identity of the murderers and sets a trap for them at the safe. As predicted by Kirk, the killers, one of whom is a mute, show up to break open the safe and are apprehended by the ... +


When Edyth Vail trails her loving but distracted fiancé Allen Morris and stumbles upon the murdered body of David Hume, she suspects that Allen has committed the crime and immediately contacts Ashton-Kirk, a noted sleuth. After some careful investigation, Kirk uncovers the fact that Hume was killed while protecting a safe hidden behind a picture, and that Allen's father, an inventor, had recently drawn plans for a new submarine. Allen finally admits that he had gone to Hume's room in hopes of retrieving the papers Hume had stolen from his father, but upon discovering the man dead, had panicked and left. With the help of a train conducter's ticket punch, Kirk tracks down the identity of the murderers and sets a trap for them at the safe. As predicted by Kirk, the killers, one of whom is a mute, show up to break open the safe and are apprehended by the police. +

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