The Flying Torpedo
B&W : Five reels
Directed by John B. O’Brien + [William Christy Cabanne]
Cast: John Emerson [Winthrop Clavering], Spottiswoode Aitken [Bartholomew Thompson], William E. Lawrence (W.E. Lawrence) [William Haverman], Fred J. Butler [chief of international crooks], Raymond Wells [accomplice], Lucille Young [accomplice], Erich von Stroheim [accomplice], Peggy Pearce (Viola Barry) [Adelaide E. Thompson], Bessie Love [Hulda], Ralph Lewis [head of the board], Juanita Horton
The Fine Arts Film Company production; distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. / Scenario by Robert M. Baker and John Emerson + [D.W. Griffith]. Production supervised by D.W. Griffith. Cinematography by George Hill (George W. Hill). Music score arranged by J.A. Raynes. / © 31 January 1916 by Triangle Film Corporation [LP8297]. Released 12 March 1916. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: The Scarlet Band. The production began shooting in July 1915. Cabanne directed the battle sequences.
Drama: Science fiction.
Synopsis: U.S. West Coast is invaded in 1921 by Asians and fought off by torpedoes controlled by wireless transmitters. // Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.1400.
Survival status: (unknown)
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Crime: Murder, Theft - Death: Murder - Espionage: Spies - Invasions - Law: Enforcement: Police: Detectives - Rewards - Science fiction - Scientists - USA: California - US Army - Weapons: Torpedoes - Writers: Novelists
Listing updated: 13 October 2004.
References: AFI-F1 n. F1.1400; Barry-Griffith p. 49; Everson-American p. 121; Lahue-Triangle p. 141; Tarbox-Lost p. 260.