The Flaming Diagram (1914)

Erickson, an inventor of high explosives, manufactures a compound for the U.S. Government, but will not sell the secret of its ingredients, as he wishes his family (which consists of a son ... See full summary »
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King Baggot ... Erickson, Jr.
Leah Baird ... Lillian, the Inventor's Daughter
Frank Smith ... Erickson
Howard Crampton ... Brack, the Foreign Spy
Charles Bainbridge Charles Bainbridge ... War Department Representative
David Lythgoe David Lythgoe
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Erickson, an inventor of high explosives, manufactures a compound for the U.S. Government, but will not sell the secret of its ingredients, as he wishes his family (which consists of a son and daughter) to still benefit by his formula in case of bis death. The daughter, Lillian, is in love with one of the clerks in the War Department, who is in reality a foreign spy. Another country tries to buy the explosive, but Erickson's patriotism will not permit him to sell it. To prevent the secret from perishing with him at his death, he starts to write out the formula, but Lillian's sweetheart, Brack, watches what he is writing. This is seen by young Erickson, who orders Brack from the house. Lillian protests until told what he had done when she, too, denounces her lover. The inventor, to safeguard himself and family in case of his death, writes out the formula in a way that only his children will be able to read it. It is placed in an envelope and sent to the War Department with the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blazing Secret See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It leaves the observer well pleased
3 June 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The manner in which the key to the formula is figured out by the inventor's son makes an original and pleasing feature of this offering. It leaves the observer well pleased with the double reel, although the fore part of the story is rather conventional in plot. This is a drama of international intrigue, the interest centering about the possession of the valuable formula. The action is good, but there is not much suspense till toward the last. King Baggott, Leah Baird and Frank Smith are in the cast. - The Moving Picture World, March 14, 1914


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