The Mystery of the Laughing Death (1914)

The Arbuthnot family was shrouded in mystery and fear. Kate Arbuthnot and her brothers, Jack, Geoffrey, Harold and Eric, who had been left their father's entire fortune, had lately been ... See full summary »

Director:

George Lessey

Writers:

Thomas W. Hanshew (story), Ashley Miller (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben F. Wilson ... Detective Hamilton Cleek
Cora Williams ... Kate Arbuthnot
Edward Earle
Robert Brower ... Police Superintendent Narkhom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yale Boss
Edwin Clarke
Warren Cook Warren Cook
Robert Harvey Robert Harvey
Hughie Mack
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Storyline

The Arbuthnot family was shrouded in mystery and fear. Kate Arbuthnot and her brothers, Jack, Geoffrey, Harold and Eric, who had been left their father's entire fortune, had lately been joined by their nearest living relative, Eugene Brand, who had just returned from Mexico. Shortly after his arrival, Geoffrey Arbuthnot fell a victim to a strange malady, marked by paroxysmal bursts of hideous laughter. Death resulted in a few hours after his first uncanny laugh. A little later, Harold, the second brother, died under the same conditions. The doctor was utterly at a loss. The symptoms clearly corresponded with certain types of poisoning, but it was impossible to even hazard a guess as to the exact cause. Everybody in the unhappy home became a prey to silent suspicion. No one was entirely free. Kate, her fiancé, the remaining two brothers and Brand would all profit by the deaths. In default of other means, Kate, her fiancé, Jack and Brand, visited Cleek separately and engaged him. On the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Cleek #5: The Mystery of the Laughing Death See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edison Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Fifth episode in Edison's 'The Chronicles of Cleek' series. See more »

Connections

Follows The Mystery of the Talking Wire (1914) See more »

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Out of the ordinary
15 July 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The fifth of the "Chronicles of Cleek" series. This plot contains originality and is out of the ordinary. It is incongruous in theme and not at all pleasant to look at. The characters are well sustained in all parts. - The Moving Picture World, April 18, 1914


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