The Dummy


1917

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 19, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Dummy by Harvey J. O'Higgins, Harriet Ford (New York, 13 Apr 1914).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

Although they are deeply in love with each other, the Merediths have quarreled and decide to separate, but cannot agree on the disposition of their little daughter, Beryl. This is opportune for the plans of Spider, a notorious kidnapper and his gang, who steal Beryl while her nurse flirts in the park. Desperate, the Merediths hire Babbings, a celebrated detective, to find their daughter. Suspecting Spider, Babbings trails the kidnapper and discovers that he is receiving messages in code. Meanwhile, Barney, who has been fired from his job at a messenger service for reading too many detective stories, applies for a job with Babbings who, impressed with the youth's ingenuity, hires him to decoy the kidnappers by masquerading as a wealthy deaf and dumb boy. The gang swallows the bait, kidnaps Barney and takes him to their hideout where they are holding Beryl. The plan almost succeeds until Babbings, signalled by Barney, comes to the house disguised as a member of the gang and is inadvertently exposed by Mrs. Meredith. The gang flees with Barney and Beryl in tow, but Barney finally manages to rescue the baby and is rewarded by becoming one of Babbings' detectives, and the Merediths are reconciled.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 19, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players Film Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Dummy by Harvey J. O'Higgins, Harriet Ford (New York, 13 Apr 1914).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

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Notes

Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. remade this film in 1929; Robert Milton directed and Ruth Chatterton and Frederic March starred. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1474.)