The House of Darkness (1914)

The last guardian of the wealth of the aristocratic Gresham family dies, leaving no one except his granddaughter, Ruth, and Wilks, a faithful family servant, to remain in the isolated old ... See full summary »

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Shannon Fife (story)
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John Smiley John Smiley ... John Collins
Joseph W. Smiley ... Henry Collins
William H. Turner ... Wicks - the Butler
Justina Huff ... Ruth (age 18)
Eleanor Dunn ... Ruth (age 8)
Clarence Elmer ... Philip D'Arcy
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The last guardian of the wealth of the aristocratic Gresham family dies, leaving no one except his granddaughter, Ruth, and Wilks, a faithful family servant, to remain in the isolated old mansion. The immense wealth of the family lies concealed in a secret treasure room, reached by a hidden stairway. Gresham's will appoints John and Henry Collins, brothers of a law firm, to be the guardians, and trustees of Ruth, who is to inherit the fortune when she becomes of age. When the brothers have secured a glimpse of the treasure, its fascination overpowers them. They secretly plot to obtain possession of it. In their avarice, they neglect their business, which goes to ruin. Both move to the mansion so that they may be near the wealth. Ruth, neglected and mistreated, is cared for only by the kindly old butler, who has always looked upon the brothers with suspicion. Finally the brothers begin to suspect each other of appropriating the treasure. Mutual distrust soon breeds enmity. There is a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1914 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This makes a fascinating story
15 October 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel number by Shannon Fife. This tells the story of two lawyers appointed guardians of a girl heiress. The effect produced on them by the money they covet is strongly shown as the picture proceeds. This makes a fascinating story of a somewhat old-fashioned type, rather obvious in development, but with numerous exciting episodes to keep up the observer's interest. At the close the hero saves the girl from the burning house, but it seemed a mistake to let all the money be burned with the rascally brothers. It would have been more satisfactory to have saved this. A good release of its kind. - The Moving Picture World, July 4, 1914


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