The Voice on the Wire (1917)

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Chapter 15: "The Living Death" - Chapter 14 ends with the floating hand writing a message to John Spencer and Polly Marion that all would be made clear in next week's episode. Tom and Polly... See full summary »


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21 July 2015 | deickemeyer
The mystery is well protected
The first half dozen two-reel installments of this new serial introduce a story of strong melodramatic interest, in the best sense of the word. The series of inexplicable murders, all following warnings imparted by a mysterious voice over the telephone, present a mystery that intensifies as the story proceeds. The hero-detective, Shirley, makes repeated efforts to break up the series of crimes, but is baffled in each attempt. The observer is equally baffled, for the mystery is well protected. The story was adapted by J.G. Alexander from a book by Eustace Hale Ball and produced by Stuart Paton. The construction is excellent in the opening installments, the action being well-timed and carrying the interest along with a strong sweep. Ben Wilson appears as Shirley, who attempts to unravel the series of crimes, and makes good use of his opportunities in this interesting role. Neva Gerber is also pleasing as Polly Marion, the young actress who becomes involved in the various crimes. Others who have important parts are L.M. Wells, Frank McQuarrie, Howard Crampton, Joseph Girard and Ernest Shields. An element of improbability hovers over the main conception, which gives an amusing turn to the production. This relieves the situations from the horror and unpleasantness they might otherwise arouse. Each of the murders is committed by what is termed the "oriental death punch," traces of which are found above the heart of each victim. The series is to comprise fifteen installments. - The Moving Picture World, March 24, 1917


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18 March 1917


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