, (story "The Desperate Heritage")


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Cast overview:
Constance Randall
Maude Malcolm ...
Muriel Randall
Joe King ...
Ward Locke
Eddie Phillips ...
Burton Temple (as Edward Phillips)
Fuller Mellish ...
John Randall
Claude King ...
Hugh Martinn
Joseph W. Smiley ...
James Locke (as Joseph Smiley)
Mr. Kheres
Armand Cortes ...
Kennedy (as Armand Cortez)


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blackmail | murder | melodrama | See All (3) »






Release Date:

June 1921 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Escaravelho de Oiro  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lost Alice Joyce Silent
13 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1921 mystery starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Moving Picture World, June 21, 1921- Alice Joyce is a member of that group of players who can extract the greatest possible value out of any part given her. The public knows this well, and it also knows it will see a woman who will lend charm and attractiveness to any film. The parts of "The Scarab Ring" that progress slowly are greatly relieved by this beauty and talent of the star. Maude Malcolm has the most important role next to that of Miss Joyce; she handles it extremely well. The story of the picture has been adapted from a novel by Harriet Gaylord, called "The Desperate Heritage," which would have been a better title for the film than the one the producers selected.

Constance, the older of two sisters in the Randall family, promises her father on his death bed that she will keep his secret from her sister even at the expense of her life. The father, who was a bank president, made one false step, and in order to cover his crime paid a cashier to assume the guilt. He payments were maintained by the daughter after his death. Everything moved smoothly until Hugh Martin, a professional blackmailer, obtained possession of the letters written by Randall and his daughter to the cashier. Then Martin decided to marry the younger sister, a girl many years his junior. Constance objected, and Martin threatened to give the letters to the newspaper. The day the correspondence was to be made public it is learned that Martin had been murdered. Constance is accused, as a scarab out of her ring is found beside the body. She is arrested and brought to trial. From that time on a succession of surprise twists to the plot hold the interest until the climax. Constance plights her troth with the man who has always been in love with her and who was the cause of upsetting the testimony that would have convicted her of the murder

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