The Message to Headquarters (1913)

A wealthy American, while traveling through a lonely part of Italy, was captured by bandits and held for ransom. He was rescued by an officer of the Carabineri, The bandit chief was ... See full summary »

Writers:

Lloyd Lonergan (as Lloyd F. Lonergan), Philip Lonergan
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Cast

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James Cruze ... The Count
Marie Eline ... The Child
David Thompson ... The Real Secret Service Man (as David H. Thompson)
Florence La Badie
Jean Darnell Jean Darnell
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A wealthy American, while traveling through a lonely part of Italy, was captured by bandits and held for ransom. He was rescued by an officer of the Carabineri, The bandit chief was captured and vowed vengeance, but the young officer dismissed his threats contemptuously. The officer found favor in the American girl's eyes, and when she returned to America she had promised to marry him. A few months later the officer was ordered to America on a secret mission, and wrote his fiancée that he would soon be with her. At the pier he was met by a man who displayed the badge of the United States Secret Service and showed him a letter from the chief. The young man took a hasty leave of his sweetheart, promising to see her the following day and entered a waiting carriage with his companion. He thought their destination was the office of the secret service, but before he could suspect anything wrong he was overpowered and taken into a lonely house. There he found another captive, the real member... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1913 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first reel was weak
13 November 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The last two reels of this three-reel number bring the interest up very strongly. The first reel was weak in point of atmosphere and plot development; the fighting with the brigands seemed aimless and without definite meaning. The later adventures of James Cruze as the count, and his detective friend, in America, leave little to be desired in the way of excitement. The tortures inflicted by the Mafia were both painful and sensational, but the scene where the detective, hanging by his heels, swings to the telephone and summons help was very well devised. In the way of frank sensationalism the last two reels are very successful, though overacting is indulged in almost to the point of burlesque. - The Moving Picture World, September 20, 1913


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