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The 17 Dec 1921 Motion Picture News announced that the original title, The Octave of Claudius, had been changed to A Blind Bargain.
       Director Wallace Worsley was “supervising the cutting” of A Blind Bargain, the 7 Jan 1922 FD reported.
       The 18 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Herald announced that the "picturization ...of Barry Pain’s story, The Octave of Claudius, would be ready on 10 Dec 1922.
       The 4 Aug 1923 Exhibitors Herald wrote: “We thought this would take a flop because of its gruesome subject, but it drew very good.”
       Film Year Book 1922-1923 called A Blind Bargain one of “The Forty Best Pictures of the Year,” as selected by The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, from productions reviewed in FD during the period of Dec 1921 to Dec ... More Less

The 17 Dec 1921 Motion Picture News announced that the original title, The Octave of Claudius, had been changed to A Blind Bargain.
       Director Wallace Worsley was “supervising the cutting” of A Blind Bargain, the 7 Jan 1922 FD reported.
       The 18 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Herald announced that the "picturization ...of Barry Pain’s story, The Octave of Claudius, would be ready on 10 Dec 1922.
       The 4 Aug 1923 Exhibitors Herald wrote: “We thought this would take a flop because of its gruesome subject, but it drew very good.”
       Film Year Book 1922-1923 called A Blind Bargain one of “The Forty Best Pictures of the Year,” as selected by The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, from productions reviewed in FD during the period of Dec 1921 to Dec 1922. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
18 Nov 1922
p. 67.
Exhibitors Herald
30 Dec 1922
p. 130.
Exhibitors Herald
4 Aug 1923
p. 55.
Film Daily
7 Jan 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
10 Dec 1922
p. 5.
Film Year Book (1922-1923)
p. 350.
Motion Picture News
17 Dec 1921
p. 4.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Octave of Claudius
Release Date:
10 December 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 3 December 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures
Copyright Date:
21 November 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18423
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black & white with color sequences
Length(in feet):
4,473
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In return for money and medical aid for his invalid mother, struggling author Robert Sandell agrees to subject himself to experiments by Dr. Lamb, who claims he is trying to extend the human lifespan. Despite warnings from the doctor’s wife and a hunchbacked assistant, Robert allows himself to be strapped to an operating table, whereupon he learns the true nature of the surgeon’s experiments: To prove the theory of evolution by devolving his human subjects into an approximation of their simian ancestors. However, before Dr. Lamb can proceed, the hunchback uncages another victim, an ape-man, who crushes Dr. Lamb to ... +


In return for money and medical aid for his invalid mother, struggling author Robert Sandell agrees to subject himself to experiments by Dr. Lamb, who claims he is trying to extend the human lifespan. Despite warnings from the doctor’s wife and a hunchbacked assistant, Robert allows himself to be strapped to an operating table, whereupon he learns the true nature of the surgeon’s experiments: To prove the theory of evolution by devolving his human subjects into an approximation of their simian ancestors. However, before Dr. Lamb can proceed, the hunchback uncages another victim, an ape-man, who crushes Dr. Lamb to death. +

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