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Red Lights (1923 film)

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Red Lights
Directed byClarence G. Badger
Written byEdward E. Rose (play)
Carey Wilson
Alice D.G. Miller
StarringMarie Prevost
Raymond Griffith
Johnnie Walker
CinematographyRudolph J. Bergquist
Production
company
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
September 30, 1923
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent
English intertitles

Red Lights is a 1923 American silent mystery film directed by Clarence G. Badger and starring Marie Prevost, Raymond Griffith and Johnnie Walker.[1] The plot concerns a railroad tycoon who is about to be reunited with his daughter who was kidnapped many years ago.

Plot

Most of the film takes place on a moving train. A psychic named Sheridan Scott professes to have the ability to foresee and prevent criminal acts. He agrees to help Ruth Carson, the daughter of a wealthy railroad magnate, solve a mystery regarding why flashing red lights over her head portend death for various people around her. Ruth had been kidnapped years earlier, and was later found and reunited with her father. The young heroine comes to believe her long-deceased uncle is menacing her from the beyond, but Scott solves the mystery of the flashing red lights, and learns the true identity of the man behind a plot to murder the young heiress and steal her inheritance...a scientist who uses telepathy to frighten the young woman.

Cast

Production

The film is based on a play called The Rear Car by Edward E. Rose, but according to critic Christopher Workman, "the film is not very faithful to its source material....it's a moderately enjoyable ride regardless." The film's survival status is unknown.[2]

The play was filmed again in 1934 as Murder in the Private Car, starring Charles Ruggles as the psychic detective, although in that version, the supernatural elements were played down a bit.[3] Actor Lionel Belmore went on to co-star in a number of 1930s Universal horror films including Frankenstein and The Vampire Bat. Jean Hersholt later starred in a number of MGM horror films, including The Mask of Fu Manchu and Mark of the Vampire.[4]

References

  1. ^ Goble p.925
  2. ^ https://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/R/RedLights1923.html.
  3. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  4. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.

Bibliography

  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.


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