Cast & Crew
Thomas N. Heffron
The eccentric millionaire John Marshall Glenarm, lovingly known as "Squire," lives in a mysterious house with secret passageways and hidden panels and vaults. Squire wants his grandson Jack, who lives in New York, to marry his neighbor's daughter, Marian Evans, but Jack, infatuated with Carmen, a Spanish cabaret dancer, cancels a planned visit to remain near her. Squire goes to Italy and, two months later, his butler returns with the news that Squire has died in an earthquake. The executor of Squire's will, Arthur Pickering, who loves Marian, notifies Jack that by the terms of the will, he must live in the house one year without leaving the grounds in order to receive the million dollar inheritance. Jack moves in and falls in love with Marian, while Pickering plots with Carmen against him. After Jack goes to a masquerade ball at the Evans' residence and Carmen exposes him, Jack discovers Pickering trying to locate the hidden inheritance. As Jack and Pickering struggle, a secret panel opens. Squire steps out and reveals that he schemed to force Jack to fall in love with Marian.
Thomas N. Heffron
A play by George Middleton based on the novel and having the same title opened in New York on January 6, 1908. The film was shot in the Selig Chicago studios, and at a private home in Wheaton, IL. Nicholson's novel was filmed by Jesse D. Hampton Productions in 1920 under the title Haunting Shadows. In 1936 Republic Pictures Corp. produced a film titled The House of a Thousand Candles, based on the same novel, starring Irving Pichel and Mae Clarke, supervised by Mrs. Wallace Reid and directed by Arthur Lubin, which was a spy story that had little similarity to the original novel.