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By the Sun's Rays (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Action, Drama | 22 July 1914 (USA)

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A company detective goes undercover to expose a gang that uses inside information to rob gold shipments.


Charles Giblyn


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Cast overview:
Murdock MacQuarrie ... John Murdock - the Detective (as M.J. MacQuarrie)
Lon Chaney ... Frank Lawler - the Clerk
Seymour Hastings Seymour Hastings ... John Davis - Supt. of Mines
Agnes Vernon ... Dora Davis - John's Daughter
Richard Rosson Richard Rosson ... The Bandit (as Dick Rosson)


Frank Lawler, a clerk for a mining company, colludes with a bandit gang about the timing of gold shipments with a mirror signal system and has designs on Doris Davis, the daughter of the local branch manager. The company's main office dispatches their top detective John Murdock, who goes undercover to expose the scheme and rescue the Doris from the unwanted advances of the dastardly Lawler. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Short | Action | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

22 July 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лучами солнца See more »

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Nestor Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lon Chaney co-stars here as a crook, long before he became the master of disguise. See more »


The set used for the gold company office is obviously an outdoor set without a roof as the ledger pages on Chaney's desk can be seen blowing in the wind. Early sets were usually built without roofs to take advantage of free natural lighting. See more »


John Murdock, the Detective: I am going to look around and will meet the posse at the crossroads.
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Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

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About average interest
7 November 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A Western number of about average interest. Murdock MacQuarrie appears as, a detective in search of gold thieves. The looking glass signals give the rendezvous away, and this leads to a roundup of the bandits. Agnes Vernon is the girl in the story. - The Moving Picture World, July 25, 1914

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