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The Whispering Chorus (1918)

 -  Drama  -  28 March 1918 (USA)
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John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Raymond Hatton ...
John Tremble
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Jane Tremble
Edythe Chapman ...
John Tremble's mother
Elliott Dexter ...
George Coggeswell
Noah Beery ...
Longshoreman
Guy Oliver ...
Chief McFarland
John Burton ...
Charles Barden
Tully Marshall ...
F.P. Clumley
William H. Brown ...
Stauberry
James Neill ...
Channing
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Mocking Face
Walter Lynch ...
Evil Face
Edna Mae Cooper ...
Good Face
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Charles Eyton ...
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John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying from shock, asks him to keep his identity secret since his wife is now married to the Governor and expecting a child. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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28 March 1918 (USA)  »

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The wedding sequence in which George Coggeswell (Elliott Dexter) marries Jane Trimble (Kathlyn Williams) was staged at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. The best man was played by Paramount executive Charles Eyton, who was married to Kathlyn Williams in real life. According to Dexter, Eyton had to be persuaded to allow the use of the couple's actual wedding rings for the scene. See more »

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DeMille's silent potboiler is a hoot
14 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cecil B. DeMille himself described this early feature as one of the first 'psychological' films ever made, but it's actually a more-or-less typical late-Victorian Age cautionary fable, expressed (as might be expected) with a heavy dose of morality and melodrama. The story shows how a single moment of weakness (in this case the desperate embezzlement of $1,000 by a poverty-stricken bookkeeper) will ultimately lead to misfortune, and worse. Haunted by a guilty conscience, the long-suffering victim gambles away (in the following order) his savings, his self-respect, his family, and finally his own identity. Reduced at last to a penniless, crippled vagrant, he is finally arrested and, after a series of misunderstandings, charged with his own murder! Most of the heavy-handed exposition and delivery is hilarious when seen today, and the inadvertent humor kills the lingering impact of the film's often striking (for 1918) visual artistry.


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