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Ultus, the Man from the Dead (1915)

Ultus, a man left for dead, returns to seek revenge on his scheming partner.


George Pearson


George Pearson


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Cast overview:
Aurelio Sidney Aurelio Sidney ... Ultus (as Aurele Sydney)
J.L.V. Leigh J.L.V. Leigh ... Conway Bass
A. Caton Woodville A. Caton Woodville ... Sir Gilbert Townsend
Marjorie Dunbar Marjorie Dunbar ... Lady Townsend
M. Goujet M. Goujet ... Eugene Lester


Ultus, a man left for dead, returns to seek revenge on his scheming partner.

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revenge | serial | lost film | See All (3) »


Adventure | Fantasy





Release Date:

December 1915 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ultus 1: The Townsend Mystery See more »

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Followed by Ultus and the Three-Button Mystery (1917) See more »

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Ultus the underrated avenger from the great war years
16 September 2001 | by bristolsilentsSee all my reviews

Having seen only the remaining fragments of this film it is difficult to make a full assessment but what remains is fantastic. Left by his partner to die in the desert Ultus returns 5 years later to avenge himself. This 4 part serial contains great and sophisticated direction from unsung British Director of the silent era George Pearson. His use of light and shadow is progressive for the period and his casting of Aurele Sydney as Ultus is masterful. He is perfect as the mysterious figure having an other wordly quality helped by the clever use of masks and a coffin! The remaining chase between Ultus and his arch enemy Detective Conway Bass is beautifully shot on real rooftops giving the episode a realist feel. What is most suprising is how the tension of wanting to know what happens next or how he will get out of the next situation is so strong with such an old film. Visually stunning and exciting Ultus proceeds Superman,Batman and Zorro as being an avenger with a conscience. Highly recommended if you get a chance to see it.

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