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The Drums of Jeopardy (1923 film)

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The Drums of Jeopardy
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Directed byEdward Dillon
Produced byM.H. Hoffman (producer)
Written byAlfred A. Cohn (titles)
Arthur Hoerl (writer)
A. Carle Palm (titles)
Based onThe Drums of Jeopardy
by Harold McGrath
StarringElaine Hammerstein
Wallace Beery
CinematographyJames Diamond
Edited byAlfred A. Cohn
A. Carle Palm
Production
company
M.H. Hoffman Inc.
Distributed byTruart Film
Release date
  • November 1923 (1923-11)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Drums of Jeopardy is a 1923 American silent mystery film directed by Edward Dillon, written by Arthur Hoerl and featuring Wallace Beery.[1] It is based on the 1920 novel of the same name by Harold McGrath which was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post.[2] The film was released by Tru-art Film Company in November 1923.[3][4][5] The name of the villain in the story was originally called Boris Karlov, but when the actor Boris Karloff rose to prominence circa 1923, the character's name was changed to Gregor Karlov to avoid confusion. It was changed back to Boris again in the 1931 remake of the film which starred Warner Oland as the villain.[1]

Producer M. H. Hoffman rose to prominence in Hollywood as a result of this film's success. He later became president of Tiffany Pictures, and founded Allied Pictures in 1931. Actress Elaine Hammerstein (the daughter of Arthur Hammerstein) also starred in the 1915 film version of The Moonstone, but her career declined after the end of the silent film era. She and her politician husband were killed in a car accident in Mexico in 1948.[6]

Plot

Jerome Hawksley is bequeathed two diamonds by the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia. The evil Gregor Karlov learns that the diamonds possess a supernatural power and he devises a scheme to steal the gems.

Cast

Preservation

A copy of The Drums of Jeopardy is housed at the Library of Congress.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 259. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 211. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  3. ^ "The Drums of Jeopardy". afi.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Drums of Jeopardy". AllMovie. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Drums of Jeopardy". TCM.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 260. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  7. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: The Drums of Jeopardy


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