Working from a scenario written by H.S. Sheldon, the film was shot at Iverson Ranch, 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and was directed by Arthur Berthelet, assisted by William Postance (aged 42) who also appeared in the film as Sidney Prince .
|Marjorie Kay as Alice Faukner.|
|Ernest Maupain (aged 47) as Moriarty.|
|Edward Fielding in 1942 Pride of the Yankees.|
|Hugh Thompson in 1921. Photo Univ. Washington Libraries.|
The part of Sir Edward Leighton was taken by Hugh Thompson (aged 29), a silent film actor whose screen career ended in 1926.
For the Baron von Stalberg, the producers turned to Ludwig Kreiss, the popular actor and theatre manager of the Milwaukee German ensemble. After 5 years in Berlin, Kreiss moved to Milwaukee in 1890 and celebrated his Silver Jubilee as an actor/manager at the Pabst Theatre on May 21, 1915. Read more HERE in The Milwaukee Sentinel for May 20, 1915.
The Italian born Mario Majeroni (aged 46) played James Larrabee, having the previous year appeared with John Barrymore in The Dictator. He was also known by Charles Frohman, producer of Gillette's Holmes on stage, having acted on Broadway in three Frohman plays in 1907-9.
Fellow Italian, Fred Malatesta (aged 27) played 'Lightfoot' Mctague. This versatile perfomer would act in films until 1941, and was cast for comedy by Hal Roach. Here he is in the 1926 Get 'Em Young, which starred Stan Laurel.
|Fred Malatesta in 1926.|
Grace Reals was 50 by the time she played Madge Larrabee. A stage actress and light opera singer, she had started with the Bostonians Opera Company and appeared in nine films before her death in 1925.
|Grace Reals (Billy Rose Theatre Collection).|
|Leona Ball 1907, Univ. Washington Libraries.|
STILLS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA RARE HOLMES COLLECTION.
UPDATE: 1 October, 2014. It was announced today that a copy of the film has been discovered in the archives of Cinematheque Francais. San Francisco Silent Film Festival & Cinematheque will restore the film with a premier in Europe in January 2015, followed by a May, 2015 US premier.
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