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Gertrude Temple
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Midnight Madness (1918) --- Lost Silent ?
19 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While in the act of robbing a set of rare jewels from a museum, a robber is wounded in the hand. Meanwhile, Prentice Tiller ( Kenneth Harlan ), while dressing a wound in his hand, overhears the woman in the next hotel room, Gertrude Temple ( Ruth Clifford ), telephoning Aaron Molitor ( Harry Von Meter ), to whom she is to deliver some jewels. Posing as Molitor, Prentice calls on Gertrude but disappears when Molitor, who also has been wounded in the hand, suddenly arrives. Molitor's men capture Prentice, who barely escapes death in the ruins of an old church and then continues to track Molitor. Gertrude accompanies Molitor and her uncle, Simon Temple ( Harry Holden ), to Paris, where they are met by professional crook Chevat ( Louis Willoughby ) and the woman who loves him, Lola Montez ( Claire Du Brey ). Lola becomes insanely jealous of Gertrude and tries to kill her, but luckily Prentice rescues her. Through a ploy, Prentice, who finally is revealed as a detective, captures Chevat and his gang, returns the jewels to their rightful owner and then proposes to Gertrude.

This exciting 1918 mystery was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company and starred several popular stars of the silent era. Sadly it now remains unknown and hopefully a copy survives for fans of early silent cinema.


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