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30 September 1923 (USA) See more »
The wealthy owner of a railroad is about to be reunited with his daughter, who was kidnapped in her childhood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marie Prevost ... Ruth Carson

Raymond Griffith ... Sheridan Scott

Johnnie Walker ... John Blake

Alice Lake ... Norah O'Neill
Dagmar Godowsky ... Roxy
William Worthington ... Luke Carson

Frank Elliott ... Kirk Allen

Lionel Belmore ... Alden Murray

Jean Hersholt ... Ezra Carson
George Reed ... Porter
Charles Murphy ... The Henchman
Charles West ... The Conductor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martha Mattox ... Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence G. Badger 
Writing credits
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Alice D.G. Miller  adaptation
Edward E. Rose  play "The Rear Car"
Carey Wilson  adaptation

Cinematography by
Rudolph J. Bergquist  (as Rudolph Berquist)
Costume Design by
Sophie Wachner (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer

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USA:70 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Weird and Wild Train-board Mystery, 8 September 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

Raymond Griffith appears in this rather odd silent comedy as a psychic detective who refers to himself a "Crime Deflector" - deflects crimes *before* they occur. This is a pretty weird story with a touch of sci-fi in it - about a railroad tycoon about to reunite with his long-lost daughter (played by Marie Prevost), kidnapped in childhood. But meanwhile, a mad man is trying to frighten this girl by creating these "red lights" that flash messages above her head saying stuff like "Say your prayers - Prepare for death". Well, this all ends in a lengthy train-board murder mystery segment featuring our detective slithering around with magnifying glass in hand, sliding through secret panels, even hanging under the train in pursuit of clues.

This film is pretty unusual, not particularly funny, though interesting in it's way. I thought Raymond Griffith actually pretty memorable in this part, Marie Prevost is adequate, Johnnie Walker appears as her boyfriend in this and is handsome, though *not* memorable here and given little to do. It includes a runaway train sequence that includes some really exciting live action photography shot from a first person perspective on a real, very scenic rail line through a Western desert area rocky mountain pass. This film was a little rambling/hard to follow, but fun nevertheless.

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