This twenty-three episode serial told the story of a secret society called The Black Hundred and its attempts to gain control of a lost million dollars.


(as Howell Hansell)


(scenario), (story) (as Harold MacGrath)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Norton - Newspaper Reporter
Frank Farrington ...
Jones - Hargreave's Butler / Stanley Hargreave
Alfred Norton ...
Susan Farlow - Florence's Companion
Gang Member
Mitchell Lewis ...
Gang Leader
(as Donald Gallagher)
Madeline Fairbanks ...
(as The Fairbanks Twins)
Marion Fairbanks ...
(as The Fairbanks Twins)
Claire Kroell ...
Russian Princess Parlova
Billy Sullivan ...
(as William A. Sullivan)
Julie Cruze ...
(as Baby Julie Cruze)


This twenty-three episode serial told the story of a secret society called The Black Hundred and its attempts to gain control of a lost million dollars. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure | Mystery





Release Date:

22 June 1914 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio del millón de dólares  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$125,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Chapter titles: 1. The Airship in the Night (aka A Call in the Night) 2. The False Friend (aka The Master's Man) 3. The Safe in the Lonely Warehouse 4. The Top Floor Flat (aka The Flat on the Top Floor) 5. At the Bottom of the Sea (aka The Problem of the Sealed Box) 6. The Coaching Party of the Countess 7. The Doom of the Auto Bandits 8. The Wiles of a Woman 9. The Leap from an Ocean Liner (aka The Leap in the Dark) 10. The Eavesdropper (aka The Past a Blank) 11. In the Path of the Fast Express 12. The Elusive Treasure Box 13. The Secret Agent from Russia (aka An Agent from Russia) 14. Tracked by the Secret Service (aka Norton Makes a Discovery) 15. The Borrowed Hydroplane (aka Another Trap Set) 16. Drawn Into the Quicksand (aka Treachery in the Household) 17. A Battle of Wits (aka Setting Traps for Norton) 18. Trapped by the Flames (aka The Masked Ball) 19. A Blank Sheet of Paper 20. The Secret Warning (aka Braine Tries Another Weapon) 21. The Documents in the Treasure Box (aka A Packet of Papers) 22. The Waterloo of the Conspirators (aka A Night of Adventures) 23. The Missing Million (aka The Solution of the Million Dollar Mystery, aka The Secret of the Million) See more »


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" Early Publicity Gimmicks "
14 December 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Thanhouser Company ( later the Thanhouser Film Corporation ) was one of the first motion picture studios, founded in 1909 by Edwin Thanhouser. Although it only operated until 1918, it produced over 1,000 films, one of their hugest successes was The Million Dollar Mystery. It was a twenty three chapter film serial starring Florence La Badie, Marguerite Snow along with many actors and actresses of silent film including the Fairbanks twins. Florence La Badie was praised for her performance and no stunt professional was engaged for her, as the actress performed all her own stunts. The serial's story follows a secret society called "The Black Hundred" as they go on an arduous journey in an attempt to obtain a lost one million dollars. Audience's of the time were intrigued by a clever publicity gimmick, the film was released with the last chapter unwritten. A prize of $10.000 was offered for the best suggestion ( advertised as "$10.000 for 100 words"). In a further publicity stunt, the character Florence Hargreaves was actually reported missing. Details of the plot were fed to newspapers and the police as if they were real events. It took seven days before this trick was exposed as fiction. The serial was highly successful and a sequel was made, however it was not the huge triumphant as its predecessor had been. I wish I could give the reader a comprehensive synopsis of this film, but sadly as with a lot of lost silents films, a synopsis is very hard to find and to a very great degree they just don't exist.

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