The Fear Market (1920)

A woman struggles to overcome a cabal of blackmailers, but learns that the boss of the blackmailers is none other than her own father.


Kenneth S. Webb




Cast overview:
Alice Brady ... Sylvia Stone
Frank Losee ... Maj. Stone
Harry Mortimer Harry Mortimer ... Ettare Forni
Richard Hatteras Richard Hatteras ... Oliver Ellis
Edith Stockton Edith Stockton ... Laura Hill
Bradley Barker Bradley Barker ... Bob Sayres
Nora Reed Nora Reed ... Milly Sayres
Frederick Burton ... Jim Carson
Alfred Hickman ... Dicky Wilkes
Sara Biala Sara Biala ... Emilia Botti


The secret owner of Society Chatter, a scandalous blackmailing sheet, Major Stone is surprised when his daughter Sylvia returns unexpectedly from Italy to fight the paper which caused the suicide of her friend Laura Hill. Sylvia, unaware that her own father is behind the scandal sheet, enlists the aid of Oliver Ellis, the publisher of a reputable newspaper. To retaliate against Ellis, Stone orders his henchman Jim Carson to "get something" on the publisher. Late one night Carson sees a woman dressed in costume visit Ettare Forni, an opera singer, and assumes that the woman is Ellis's sister Milly. When Carson tries to blackmail Ellis with the information, he is trapped into revealing that Stone is the mysterious villain. Sylvia is shocked and Stone is humiliated into forsaking the scandal sheet. Sylvia then forgives her father and marries Ellis. Written by Pamela Short

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A drama of New York's well-dressed, self satisfied society and the parasites who prey upon it's pleasures and feed on the crumbs stolen from the tables of the rich. (Print ad- The Press, ((Christchurch, N. Z.)) 5 December 1921)









Release Date:

25 January 1920 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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