The Mystery of the Dover Express (1913)

Scarlett, personal representative of Bertrucci, the great diamond merchant, called on Police Superintendent Narkom, and begged for his help. He had to carry a small consignment of ... See full summary »

Director:

George Lessey

Writer:

Thomas W. Hanshew (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben F. Wilson ... Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
Robert Brower ... Police Superintendent Narkhom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Beaumont
William Bechtel
Bliss Milford Bliss Milford
Richard Neill
Charles Ransom Charles Ransom
William R. Sadler William R. Sadler
Harry Squires Harry Squires
Jack Strong Jack Strong
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Scarlett, personal representative of Bertrucci, the great diamond merchant, called on Police Superintendent Narkom, and begged for his help. He had to carry a small consignment of peculiarly valuable diamonds to a distant city. Narkom disguised Scarlett in a great beard and green goggles, and arranged that he should meet two detectives and travel with them on the train that afternoon. Then Scarlett, still very nervous, went to call on his fiancée. When the train left that afternoon the diamonds were carefully hidden in the sole of the boot of the disguised man. Narkom and the manager came down to see them off. At just about this time, Cleek, the great private detective, strolling through the park with his assistant, Dollops, came upon the unconscious body of a man. While his companion was sending for an ambulance, Cleek closely examined a little piece of false beard which was sticking to the man's face. At the superintendent's office Narkom informed Cleek of the steps which had been ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Cleek #2: The Mystery of the Dover Express See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edison Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Second episode in Edison's 'The Chronicles of Cleek' series. See more »

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Followed by The Mystery of the Ladder of Light (1914) See more »

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The spectator is deceived as well as the police
31 March 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A mystery story in which a very clever detective outwits a diamond thief, but not until he has killed the diamond merchant's messenger and also the conductor on the train. The picture's special cleverness lies in the fact that the spectator is deceived as well as the police by the expedient of using a disguise. This is to help the messenger get to his destination without being known to the thieves. The crook kills him in a park, takes the disguise and passes as the messenger. Then when he has killed the conductor he dresses himself between scenes in the same disguise and again we are deceived. Thomas Hanshew is the author of the script and George Lessey is the producer. - The Moving Picture World, January 17, 1914


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