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Desperate Desmond Foiled by Claude Eclaire (1911)

Rosamond and Claude are having a delightful time on the lake. Desperate Desmond spies them. Aided by Gomgotz and other wild men, he boards a "moving" islet and quickly succeeds in ... See full summary »



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Claude Eclaire (as William C. Ehfe)
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Rosamond and Claude are having a delightful time on the lake. Desperate Desmond spies them. Aided by Gomgotz and other wild men, he boards a "moving" islet and quickly succeeds in separating the lovers. While he takes Rosamond in one direction, the man-eaters drag Claude toward a large boiling pot, which is cheated of its intended victim by the miraculous appearance of some bird-hunters. The villain and the hapless heroine reach the ship in safety. Bound and gagged, Rosamond is hidden in one of the lifeboats, and Desmond proceeds to do the stowaway stunt by concealing himself in the interior of a barrel. With the aid of a powerful field glass, Claude sees the situation and rushes to the wireless station. Marconigrams flash back and forth between ship and station. Then captain and crew search for Desmond, who's hiding place is finally discovered through cigarette smoke issuing from the barrel's bung-hole. Claude and hunters join the sailors and force the villain to uncover the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 December 1911 (USA)  »

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The noble Claude Eclaire of Staten Island
8 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Desperate Desmond is still at large. Although this resourceful desperado was again foiled in his attempt to abduct the fair Rosamond, by the noble Claude Eclair of Staten Island and Borneo, he escaped. The manner of his escape was as marvelous as a midsummer sea-serpent; for after he had bound Claude and delivered the package to the wild men in time for dinner, and after he had carried off the fair daughter of one of Staten Island's oldest families, he was discovered. Claude had escaped, had rushed to a lighthouse and sent a wireless to the ship's captain, who at once instituted a thorough search of the vessel. Mr. Desmond, who is an inveterate smoker, revealed his whereabouts in a big barrel by the fumes that intermittently issued from its bung hole. He was quickly apprehended, shut up in the ship's combination lock safe and consigned to the deeps. It is supposed that the great safe sank many fathoms, for it came to rest on the broad back of the Great Turtle, grandparent of all the little turtles, this was reported by the friendly swordfish. The turtle carried the safe to the crack safe- cracker who was cracking rocks, "making little things out of big things," in a prison by the sea. The safe-cracker freed Desmond, who when last seen was making out to sea on his private yacht, the Great Turtle. The safe has not yet been recovered. - The Moving Picture World, December 30, 1911

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