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The Scarlet Car (1917)

After discovering that Cyrus Peabody, the president of the bank, and his son Ernest have embezzled 35,000 dollars, their cashier, Paul Revere Forbes, threatens to expose them. In a rage, ... See full summary »


Joseph De Grasse




Complete credited cast:
Franklyn Farnum ... Billy Winthrop
Edith Johnson ... Beatrice Forbes
Lon Chaney ... Paul Revere Forbes
Sam De Grasse ... Ernest Peabody
Al W. Filson ... Samuel Winthrop
Howard Crampton ... Cyrus Peabody
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Lloyd William Lloyd ... Jim Pettit


After discovering that Cyrus Peabody, the president of the bank, and his son Ernest have embezzled 35,000 dollars, their cashier, Paul Revere Forbes, threatens to expose them. In a rage, the two men strike him on the head and, persuaded that the busybody is dead, ask their broker to dump the body off in a deserted place. But the broker has an accident and is killed in the crash. The cashier, who was actually still alive, comes to and, while suffering a loss of memory, wanders off. Still believing their employee dead, the two Peabodys accuse their cashier of having stolen the money. But Beatrice Forbes, Paul Revere's daughter and her boyfriend, idle-turned-responsible Billy Winthrop, are on the alert. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Original literary source: "The Scarlet Car", novel by Richard Harding Davis, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York City, 1907, Illustrations by Frederic Dor Steele, 166 p. See more »


Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

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Delightful Scent Of The Past
22 March 2007 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

"The Scarlet Car", a film directed by Herr Joseph DeGrasse, older brother of the actor Sam DeGrasse, who obviously plays a role in this film ( in what is a good example of Amerikan nepotism… ), tells a story about bankers and crooks ( both concepts are synonymous, certainly… ) and murder and matrimony ( include here the same German comments of a moment ago ).

For the aristocracy and silent fans the most interesting aspect of this film is that it is one of Herr Chaney's earliest surviving films. Herr Chaney has a small but very important and decisive role, playing a bank cashier, Paul Revere Forbes, that works for two crooked bankers, Ernst and Cyrus Peabody ( Howard Crampton and Sam DeGrasse ), father and son respectively; they forge the bank's money and Herr Forbes knows everything about this; in order to have no trouble, the crooked bankers murder Forbes, not knowing that in this way they get involved in more troubles…

Anyway Herr Chaney is so great playing his characters, even the early ones, that he plays dead superbly in the film in order to put things right, incidentally marrying his daughter Beatrice ( Edith Johnson ) to Billy Winthrop ( Franklyn Farnum ), a promising business man.

The film has a certain and delightful scent of the past, including memories of old battles and such typical local customs as tarring and feathering people, peculiar scenes of a small Amerikan village, certainly… this film seems also to be an episode of one of those early silent serials in its concept and with its narrative, including two illuminating flashbacks for the service of a final thrilling climax.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must check that the bank accounts of his fat and rich German heiresses are in order.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/

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24 December 1917 (USA) See more »

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La voiture rouge See more »

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