A Chase Across the Continent (1912)

This subject tells of the theft of a jewel case from one of the guests of a wealthy New York businessman. A famous detective is called in upon the case, and suspicion points strongly toward... See full summary »

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J. Searle Dawley
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Charles Riegel ... Mr. Gardner - the Uncle
Camille Dalberg ... Mrs. Worthington - the Aunt (as Camilla Dalberg)
Laura Sawyer ... Alice Allen - Gardner's Niece
Ben F. Wilson ... Henry Ernshaw - Alice's Fiancé
Jessie McAllister ... Alice's Maid
James Gordon ... The Detective
Richard Neill ... James North - the Chauffeur
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This subject tells of the theft of a jewel case from one of the guests of a wealthy New York businessman. A famous detective is called in upon the case, and suspicion points strongly toward the niece of the host, and the strangest part of it all is that the uncle seems particularly anxious to fasten the guilt upon the young lady. Subsequently a maid discovers a secret cabinet in an old clock, and when her mistress inspects it she finds a supposedly lost will which reveals the fact that her father's wealth and property will revert to his brother unless the young lady in question marries the man of her choice in the state of California on or before a certain date. She then realizes why her uncle was so anxious to involve her in this theft, in order to keep her in New York until after the designated time in the will. Realizing his criminal intent, she and her maid leave the house secretly, after revealing her plans to her lover and arranging a meeting to take place in Denver. Then the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1912 (USA) See more »

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Edison Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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There is one scene that seemed to us extremely displeasing
18 March 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

That the situation behind this picture is artificial doesn't hinder it much, once it gets under way. It is for the most part well acted and plausibly conducted. There is one scene that seemed to us extremely displeasing. A niece is being defrauded by her uncle, who has hidden a will by which, unless the niece is married in San Francisco by a certain date, he is to inherit. A thief has robbed her aunt of gems. She finds the will, calls up her fiancé and prepares to hurry with him to San Francisco in disguise. The uncle sets a detective on the girl's trail as the thief. This detective enters the girl's room with a drawn revolver. It seems unnatural and unnecessary. Charles Reigel plays the uncle; Camille Dalberg plays the aunt with some distinction: Laura Sawyer plays the niece; Jessie McAllister, her maid; Benjamin Wilson, her fiancé, and James Garden, the detective. It plainly pleased a large Broadway audience, and is commendable and good entertainment. The photography is fine. - The Moving Picture World, December 7, 1912


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