The Argyle Case (1917)

The story is that of the mysterious murder of John Argyle, a multi-millionaire, in the library of his home. Circumstances point toward Argyle's adopted daughter Mary, who is the beneficiary... See full summary »


Ralph Ince (as Ralph W. Ince)


Harriet Ford (play), Harvey J. O'Higgins (play) | 3 more credits »




Credited cast:
Robert Warwick ... Asche Kayton
Charles Hines Charles Hines ... Joe Manning
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... John Argyle (as Frank McGlynn)
Arthur Albertson Arthur Albertson ... Bruce Argyle
Gazelle Marche Gazelle Marche ... Nan Thornton
Elaine Hammerstein ... Mary Mazuret
John Fleming John Fleming ... Inspector Dougherty
H. Cooper Cliffe H. Cooper Cliffe ... Frederick Kreisler
Mary Alden ... Nellie Marsh
Robert Vivian Robert Vivian ... Finley
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Mr. Hurley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Cummings George Cummings
Joe Quinn Joe Quinn


The story is that of the mysterious murder of John Argyle, a multi-millionaire, in the library of his home. Circumstances point toward Argyle's adopted daughter Mary, who is the beneficiary under his will, Argyle having quarreled with his son Bruce. Just as the case begins to look black for Mary, Asche Kayton, a great private detective, is called in by Bruce and takes hold of the investigation. His methods are scientific and swift and the trail leads to a den of counterfeiters, where, by use of the dictograph and other modern devices, the real murderer is run to his lair. Kayton falls in love with Mary, who is finally vindicated. Kayton's reward is the girl. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Mystery







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February 1917 (USA) See more »

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Wisely eliminating all the comic relief
7 February 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The O'Higgen-Ford detective drama, "The Argyle Case," which Wm. J. Burns supervised and pronounced good, has been given a screen production by the Selznick company, with Robert Warwick in the character of Asche Kayton. The version is in seven reels, and Director Ralph Ince has speeded up the action and cut the story down to the essentials so cleverly that the seven reels seems no more than five. Wisely eliminating all the comic relief furnished by the colored auntie in the spoken drama, Frederick Chapin, who made the scenario, confined himself to the clearing up of the mysterious murder that forms the subject of the play. The combined efforts of the director and the scenarist have resulted in an intense, firmly woven melodrama that never insults one's intelligence by the impossibility of its plot nor the miraculous skill of its detective hero. "The Argyle Case" was first produced when the dictagraph had just come into use and its introduction into the drama was one of the features of the performance. It still remains an important asset when used in the screen version, and we have Detective Burns' word for it that it is highly prized by the professional "flycop." The story of the play is shrewdly calculated to hold the attention and to win sympathy for its heroine, who is accused of killing her foster father. There is also the added interest of speculating who it was that committed the crime. The secret is well kept and its unraveling is confined, except for a brief period, to the forward march of events. Everything that could be achieved by mature judgment and a desire to make the production a notable one, has been done for "The Argyle Case." The cast is especially strong. Robert Warwick, who makes his bow in this picture as the featured player of a Selznick-Warwick Company, does the best work of his screen career. His acting is facile, full of mental vigor and without a touch of over coloring or unnecessary effort. Elaine Hammerstein is an attractive heroine, having the youth, good looks and requisite amount of brains to render her worthy any young fellow's devotion. Arthur Albertson, Frank McGlyn and H. Cooper Cliffe are high spots in a support of general excellence, and Charles Hines should be mentioned for his deft performance of Joe Manning, and Mary Alden for a moving impersonation of Mellie Marsh. Frank Evans, J. B. Fleming, Robert Vivian and Gazelle Marche complete the list. – The Moving Picture World, February 24, 1917

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