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Red Lights (1923)

The wealthy owner of a railroad is about to be reunited with his daughter, who was kidnapped in her childhood. However, a mysterious figure is attempting to frighten the girl away by having... See full summary »


Clarence G. Badger


Alice D.G. Miller (adaptation), Edward E. Rose (play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Marie Prevost ... Ruth Carson
Raymond Griffith ... Sheridan Scott
Johnnie Walker ... John Blake
Alice Lake ... Norah O'Neill
Dagmar Godowsky Dagmar Godowsky ... Roxy
William Worthington ... Luke Carson
Frank Elliott ... Kirk Allen
Lionel Belmore ... Alden Murray
Jean Hersholt ... Ezra Carson
George Reed ... Porter
Charles Murphy Charles Murphy ... The Henchman
Charles West Charles West ... The Conductor


The wealthy owner of a railroad is about to be reunited with his daughter, who was kidnapped in her childhood. However, a mysterious figure is attempting to frighten the girl away by having sinister and threatening messages flashed at her via red lights. A detective whose specialty is preventing crimes before they occur sets out to track down the villain, which in turns gets him mixed up in a murder aboard a speeding train. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

30 September 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D-Zug des Grauens See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Version of Murder in the Private Car (1934) See more »

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Weird and Wild Train-board Mystery
8 September 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Raymond Griffith appears in this rather odd silent comedy as a psychic detective who refers to himself a "Crime Deflector" - deflects crimes *before* they occur. This is a pretty weird story with a touch of sci-fi in it - about a railroad tycoon about to reunite with his long-lost daughter (played by Marie Prevost), kidnapped in childhood. But meanwhile, a mad man is trying to frighten this girl by creating these "red lights" that flash messages above her head saying stuff like "Say your prayers - Prepare for death". Well, this all ends in a lengthy train-board murder mystery segment featuring our detective slithering around with magnifying glass in hand, sliding through secret panels, even hanging under the train in pursuit of clues.

This film is pretty unusual, not particularly funny, though interesting in it's way. I thought Raymond Griffith actually pretty memorable in this part, Marie Prevost is adequate, Johnnie Walker appears as her boyfriend in this and is handsome, though *not* memorable here and given little to do. It includes a runaway train sequence that includes some really exciting live action photography shot from a first person perspective on a real, very scenic rail line through a Western desert area rocky mountain pass. This film was a little rambling/hard to follow, but fun nevertheless.

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