The Hand Print Mystery (1914)

Kenneth, an inventor, is ordered from the house upon his refusal to enter his father's business. Ruth, his sister, believes in her brother's eventual success, while Bess, the younger sister... See full summary »

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Robert G. Vignola
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Cast overview:
Alice Joyce ... Ruth Fields
Tom Moore ... Dick - Ruth's Sweetheart
Marguerite Courtot ... Bess Fields
Harry F. Millarde ... Kenneth Fields (as Harry Millarde)
James B. Ross ... Mr. Fields - the Father
Mary Clowes Mary Clowes ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
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Kenneth, an inventor, is ordered from the house upon his refusal to enter his father's business. Ruth, his sister, believes in her brother's eventual success, while Bess, the younger sister, sides with her father. The Fields close their home and leave for the country. Dick, Ruth's sweetheart, presents her with a valuable diamond ring. Later, the boy is called from the city on important business. To supply Kenneth with money with which to enable him to complete his invention, Ruth steals jewelry belonging to her father and sister. She adds her engagement ring to the pile to avert suspicion. She leaves for the Fields' city home, where she is to meet Kenneth. In entering the house, Ruth leaves the front door open. Dick passes and discovers the open door. He enters the house and investigates. Ruth hears him and hides. Dick leaves a few minutes later. Kenneth arrives and is given the jewels, which he promises to return in a few days. Ruth hastens back to the country, where she finds a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Just a touch of melodrama
9 May 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel romance with just a touch of melodrama, and that means in this case that it is a bit conventional. In fact, the melodrama of it. the sister's helping her brother make good with his invention and the way she raises money to do it, her going through the house and "lifting" her sister's and father's jewelry as well as her own. even to her engagement ring, is like a cloud which love's understanding breaks through when her fiancé hearing of it, from her, helps her cover her tracks, that mysterious hand print, until the invention is a big success and the jewelry can be restored. It is well acted with Alice Joyce and Tom Moore and other members of the Kalem staff. The photography of the Southern home and a few outside scenes is excellent. As a whole, it ought to please most spectators. - The Moving Picture World, February 21, 1914


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1914 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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