Wednesday, May 16, 2012

By the Sun's Rays - 1914

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Charles Giblyn
Stars: Murdock MacQuarrie, Lon Chaney and Seymour Hastings
Release Date: 22 July 1914 (USA)
Filming Locations: Nestor Studios, Gower Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Production Co: Nestor Film Company, Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Inside Job | Undercover Detective | Bandit | Robbery | Hold Up  | Mirror |
Silent Film | Attempted Rape | Posse | Outlaw Gang | Informant | Boss' Daughter | Gold Mine
Genres: Short | Action | Drama | Western
A company detective goes undercover to expose a gang that uses inside information to rob gold shipments. 
Frank Lawler, a clerk for a mining company, colludes with a bandit gang about the timing of gold shipments with a mirror signal system and has designs on Doris Davis, the daughter of the local branch manager. The company's main office dispatches their top detective John Murdock, who goes undercover to expose the scheme and rescue the Doris from the unwanted advances of the dastardly Lawler.
Revealing mistakes
The set used for the gold company office is obviously an outdoor set without a roof as the ledger pages on Chaney's desk can be seen blowing in the wind. Early sets were usually built without sets to take advantage of free natural lighting.
John Murdock, the Detective: I am going to look around and will meet the posse at the crossroads.
Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)  

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