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The Trail of the Octopus
(1919) American
B&W : Serial / 31 reels
Directed by Duke Worne

Cast: Ben F. Wilson (Ben Wilson) [Carter Holmes], Neva Gerber [Ruth Stanhope], William Dyer [Sandy McNab], Howard Crampton [Doctor Reid Stanhope]], William A. Carroll [Omar], Marie Pavis [Madamoiselle Zora Ruharde], Harry Archer [Raoul Bornay], C.M. Williams [Aboul Shabistari], Earnest Garcia (Al Ernest Garcia)

Hallmark Pictures Corporation production; distributed on State Rights basis by S.A. Lynch Enterprises through Film Clearing House. / From a screen story by J. Grubb Alexander. / 15 episodes (two reels each): [1] “The Devil’s Trademark,” released October 1919 (three reels); [2] “Purple Dagger”; [3] “Face to Face”; [4] “The Hand of Wang”; [5] “The Eye of Satan”; [6] “Behind the Mask”; [7] “The Dance of Death”; [8] “Satan’s Soulmate”; [9] “The Chained Soul”; [10] “The Ape Man”; [11] “The Red Death”; [12] “The Poisoned Talon”; [13] “The Phantom Mandarin”; [14] “The House of Shadows”; [15] “The Yellow Octopus”. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format.


Survival status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive [incomplete 35mm nitrate positive (missing episode 9)].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Rescues - Serials

Listing updated: 25 October 2012.

References: Lahue-Bound p. 44; Lahue-Collecting pp. 42, 69; Lahue-Continued pp. 200, 289; Stedman-Serials p. 43 : Website-IMDb; Website-SerSq.

Home video: DVD.

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