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Three Days to Live (1924)

Three stock market investors in San Francisco find themselves the target of a mystery investor, who is driving them to bankruptcy. The mystery investor is also sending the men a threat in ... See full summary »

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Frances Harmon
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Rajah
Helen Howell ...
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Jimmy Lono ...
Hakim (as James Lono)
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Three stock market investors in San Francisco find themselves the target of a mystery investor, who is driving them to bankruptcy. The mystery investor is also sending the men a threat in the form of a note containing a tiger's head and a number, with the number indicating the number of days they have to live. When the daughter of one of the investors discovers the plot, she decides to take the matter into her own hands to save the two men she loves, and finds herself involved with a sinister Rajah and his beautiful slave-girl. Written by David Atfield

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22 April 1924 (USA)  »

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A print of the film, missing the final reel, was discovered at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, and was restored by the NFSA in association with Haghe Film. The restored print, with a title card outlining the plot of the final reel, had its world premiere at the ARC Cinema, Canberra, Australia on February 5, 2017, with a live musical accompaniment by Mauro Colombis. See more »

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Lively melodrama, edited by Frank Capra, with a fine central performance.
5 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Frank Capra was learning his trade when he took on editing and title-writing duties on this low budget San Francisco production. At its heart this melodrama features a glowing performance from Ora Carew as a wealthy young woman who springs into action when the lives of her father and fiancé are threatened by a mysterious rajah, played with eye-rolling menace by Hal Stephens. It's great to see a woman taking charge here as the men flounder. Interesting also to see that America's suspicion of Muslims was very much alive back in the 1920s. Helen Lowell, who Capra would marry, is also effective as the Rajah's lustful slave-girl. Capra does some nice editing tricks and keeps the action rolling at a brisk pace. Exteriors include the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, substituting for the Middle East! This is not a great silent film but it is a fun and lively one, and an interesting recent re-discovery for the Capra canon.


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