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Fantomas: The Mysterious Finger Print (1914)

Fantômas contre Fantômas (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 10 January 1914 (USA)
The mystery of the drama is the appearance of the finger-print of a dead artist upon the neck of Princess Sonia Danidoff, whom Fantomas, as Nanteuil, relieves of her pearl necklace, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Louis Feuillade

Writers:

Marcel Allain (novel), Louis Feuillade | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
René Navarre ... Fantômas / Le père Moche / Le détective Tom Bob
Georges Melchior ... Jérôme Fandor, journaliste
Laurent Morléas Laurent Morléas ... L'apache Paulet
Renée Carl ... Lady Beltham
Jane Faber Jane Faber ... Princesse Danidoff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvette Andréyor
Edmund Breon ... Inspector Juve
Naudier Naudier
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The mystery of the drama is the appearance of the finger-print of a dead artist upon the neck of Princess Sonia Danidoff, whom Fantomas, as Nanteuil, relieves of her pearl necklace, and again on the body of Thomery, a merchant also done to death by the arch villain. Fandor, in the pursuit of his railing, has endeavored to solve the mysteries of these crimes, and eventually recognizes Cranajour, an idiot in the employ of Mother Toulouch, a receiver of stolen goods, as inspector Juve, of the Criminal Investigation Department. They consult together and decide that Nanteuil, the banker, should be called upon. Already suspicious, when Juve finds a glove of skin upon his hand, suspicion becomes certainty, but before they are able to secure the villain, he backs through an unsuspected door in the wall of the room and once again escapes. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 January 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

There is no window on the outside of the hideout, but there is one on the inside. See more »

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Followed by Fantômas: The False Magistrate (1914) See more »

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The best in the Fantômas series...
8 November 2002 | by vostfSee all my reviews

...just above the previous episode: Le Mort qui tue (1913). Louis Feuillade's narrative mastery greatly improved after the first adventure of the "Emperor of Crime."

Fantômas vs. Fantômas is a perfect balance between mystery, action and surreal/visual poetry. Just think of the bleeding wall and the fancy dress ball.

The ultimate episode, Le Faux Magistrat (1914), is more of a classical crime story. Fantômas' P.O.V. is widely over-used and action takes place in a little town instead of Paris.

By 1914 Fritz Lang was a painter in Montmartre. He obviously learned a lot from the serial. Especially how cinema could bring together art and entertainment. He then gave us Mabuse, the "Crime Genius", a more serious and tragic character than Fantômas and, above all, a major step-stone in cinema history.


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