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The Message of the Mouse (1917)

A wealthy financier is tricked by a pair of spies into giving millions to foreign powers. His daughter is suspicious and hires a Detective, who is able to foil the foreign agent's plans. ... See full summary »

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Marcia Elmore
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A wealthy financier is tricked by a pair of spies into giving millions to foreign powers. His daughter is suspicious and hires a Detective, who is able to foil the foreign agent's plans. Meanwhile, the daughter has fallen in love with a fellow from the enemy camp, but all ends well as his true identity is revealed as a member of the U.S. secret service. Written by Pamela Short

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2 July 1917 (USA)  »

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Le message de la souris  »

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The Message of the Mouse (1917) - Lost ?
19 May 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Five foreign ambassadors formulate a plan to divert capital from America for use in rebuilding their respective countries. The conspirators' hopes lie in winning Henry Winthrop ( Franklin Hanna ) and his associates over to an international steamship trust. Seeking to learn the plans of the American syndicate, they employ Hallam Varrie ( L. Rogers Lytton ), a notorious spy, who obtains employment for his confederates as servants in the Winthrop household. One day, a mouse picks up a secret message that Varrie has written to Marcia Elmore ( Julia Swayne Gordon ), one of his accomplices, and diverts it to the room of Wynn Winthrop ( Anita Stewart ), Henry's daughter. Wynn becomes suspicious and pleads with her father to stop withdrawing money from the institutions that he controls. Desperate, Wynn turns to the Secret Service, and with the aid of Chief Concord obtains evidence against Varrie and the conspirators, thus averting disastrous consequences for the United States.

This 1917 silent drama was filmed by the Vitagraph Company of America and starred the beautiful actress Anita Stewart. The survival status of The Message of the Mouse is now listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.


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