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The Mystery of the Silver Skull (1913)

Having made arrangements for the sale of his timber holdings in the South to Henry Lawles, a despicable old rascal, who is a dealer in North America, Billy Steele comes up to close ... See full summary »

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Having made arrangements for the sale of his timber holdings in the South to Henry Lawles, a despicable old rascal, who is a dealer in North America, Billy Steele comes up to close negotiations. On entering Lawler's office, he comes face to face with Josephine Gray, a beautiful young woman who seems to be in some sort of serious trouble. After leaving Lawler's office, Steele finds that he has forgotten his wallet. He goes back to the office; there, before an open safe, he sees the girl whom he had noticed a little while before. She pulls out a revolver and puts up a game fight, but Steele, watching his chance, takes the weapon away from her and in spite of her pleadings, makes her give up the papers and put them back in the safe. Before he leaves Steele finds a curious object on the floor of the office, a silver skull and cross-bones, which has evidently been used as a watch charm. When he gets out of the office building, Steele tracks Josephine and finds out her name and address. A ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 October 1913 (USA)  »

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The story is entertaining throughout
2 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

This two-reel number contains a pleasing blend of mystery, love and adventure. James Oliver Curwood is author of the scenario and Maurice Costello, Mary Charleson and an actor named Raymond play the leads. The latter gave a particularly good representation of Lawlor. the cringing villain of the piece. L. Rogers Lytton, who plays first mate, holds the key to the mystery, which is graphically explained at the close of the second reel. The story is entertaining throughout, but the photography was very dark and foggy in places. - The Moving Picture World, October 18, 1913


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