The Hieroglyphic (1912)

Peter Barton leaves his wealth to his niece, Mary, disinheriting his dissipated son, Edgar, who steals the will. Jack Smart, a rascal, an associate of Edgar's, keeps close watch upon him. ... See full summary »

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Charles L. Gaskill
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Cast overview:
Tom Powers ... Tom Swayne
Zena Keefe ... Mary
Harry Northrup ... Edgar Barton
Edwin R. Phillips ... Jack Smart
Wallace Reid
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Peter Barton leaves his wealth to his niece, Mary, disinheriting his dissipated son, Edgar, who steals the will. Jack Smart, a rascal, an associate of Edgar's, keeps close watch upon him. At the point of a revolver he compels Edgar to surrender the will to him. Mary, the niece, is obliged to go to work, takes a position as a reporter, and meets Tom Swayne, who falls in love with her. Tom sees Jack Smart in a restaurant, and after the villain leaves, Tom picks up a menu card, upon which Smart has written some hieroglyphics. Mary shows him an envelope which she picked up in her uncle's room, where Smart took the will from Edgar, after he had stolen it. Tom compares it and the hieroglyphics on it with those on the menu card. They are the same. Smart agrees to return the will to Barton for $10,000. Mary and Tom enter the restaurant where Tom found the menu card, and see Smart enter and leave. They ask the waiter who wrote the hieroglyphics on the card. He tells them the man who has just ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The picture holds attention strongly from the start
12 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A Hieroglyph, with us, means any queer mark that has significance not understood. This is a modern story, a story of mystery and the most mysterious character of the picture makes the queer mark on paper. It seems merely the result of a nervous habit, but leads in the end, to his detection. The intrigue is to obtain a fortune which depends on a will, disinheriting a worthless son for a niece. The detective work is done by a reporter who loves this girl. The picture holds attention strongly from the start and its climax is very tense. The will has just been placed in the hands of the worthless son by the man of mysterious habits and is already on fire when the reporter and the girl bring the police and save the document. It is not a picture that demands great acting; but is carried forward very smoothly and speedily by the players and the producer. The camera work is excellent. - The Moving Picture World, May 18, 1912


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