The Argyle Case


1917

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Robert Warwick Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Lewis J. Selznick Enterprises, Inc.; Selznick Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Argyle Case by Harriet Ford, Harvey J. O'Higgins, with the cooperation of William J. Burns (New York, 24 Dec 1912).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5-7 reels

Synopsis

When multi-millionaire banker John Argyle is found brutally murdered in his home, suspicions are cast upon Mary Mazuret, his adopted daughter who became the sole beneficiary of his estate the day before the murder, and his son Bruce with whom he had argued shortly before the crime. Detective Asche Kayton, who is assigned to investigate the case, uses very modern and scientific methods to discover fingerprints which lead him to deduce that a female witness was present. Placing a bogus advertisement in the newspaper, Kayton locates the woman. With her help and a close analysis of the clues, the guilty party is revealed to be Frederick Kreisler, the leader of a counterfeiting organization which Argyle had threatened to expose to the police. Thus cleared, Mary inherits her fortune as well as Kayton's love.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Robert Warwick Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Lewis J. Selznick Enterprises, Inc.; Selznick Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Argyle Case by Harriet Ford, Harvey J. O'Higgins, with the cooperation of William J. Burns (New York, 24 Dec 1912).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5-7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

This was the first film of the Robert Warwick Film Corp. It was shot at the Biograph Co. studio, which was taken over by Lewis J. Selznick Enterprises, Inc. Sources give either five, six, or seven reels as the length of this film. Release dates also conflict, some at January 15, 1917, others February 1917. Detective William J. Burns gave technical advice in the writing of this picture.