Brandon, a police lieutenant, has made it extremely unhealthy for Mulhall and his partner Letson to continue their gambling operations. They plan revenge. Mulhall hires Benny, a gangster, ... See full summary »

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George Larkin ... Tom Grant - Police Reporter
Ollie Kirby ... Myrta Brandon (as Ollie Kirkby)
... Jack Mulhall - Gambler
Harry Gordon ... Police Lt. Brandon
Bert Tracy ... Benny
M. Cohen ... Carl Letson
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Brandon, a police lieutenant, has made it extremely unhealthy for Mulhall and his partner Letson to continue their gambling operations. They plan revenge. Mulhall hires Benny, a gangster, to "plant" his I.O.U. for $2,500 on the person of Brandon. At the gambler's trial, Mulhall accuses the policeman of raiding his place because he was unable to collect hush money. The I.O.U. is found in Brandon's hat and he is stripped of his authority and held for trial. Grant, police reporter on the Chronicle, suspects that Brandon is the victim of a frame-up and trails the gambler to his quarters. Climbing the dumbwaiter shaft, he overhears Mulhall outline a plot to his accomplice for enticing the disgraced lieutenant to that room and then confronting him with detectives. Myrta, the lieutenant's daughter, is also afraid that her father is the victim of a hoax and follows him when he starts to keep his appointment, dressed in boy's clothes. Mulhall decides to double-cross his partner and hires Benny... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 February 1917 (USA)  »

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Episode 17 of 29 of the series "Grant, Police Reporter." See more »

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Follows A Mission of State (1916) See more »

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Action runs riot throughout the reel
6 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

There are a number of live thrills in "The Trap," the latest episode of the "Grant, Police Reporter," series. The Kalem picture in which George Larkin has the title role tells how the newspaper chap prevented a gang of crooks from disgracing a police officer, the father of the girl he loves. Grant performs some interesting stunts in a dumbwaiter shaft, while on the track of the gang, and winds up by taking a flying leap from a third-story window to a distant telegraph pole. Ollie Kirkby, in the person of the police officer's daughter, gets into a boy's suit of clothes and has a lively set-to with one of the crooks. Action runs riot throughout the reel, and other members of the cast that do good work are Robert Ellis, Harry Gordon, Bert Tracey and M. Cohen. Robert Ellis directed the picture. - The Moving Picture World, February 17, 1917


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