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The Devil’s



This social drama, written and directed by Harry A. Pollard, stars Margarita Fischer and Jack Mower, with support from Monroe Salisbury, Kathleen Kirkham, Jack Mower and Joe Harris.

The film makes a good companion film to The Devil’s Needle (1916), an earlier anti-drug abuse social drama.

coverUndercrank Productions
2017 DVD edition

Whispering Shadows (1921), black & white, 68 minutes, not rated,
with The Devil’s Assistant (1917), black & white and color-tinted black & white, 23 minutes, not rated.

Undercrank Productions, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 formatformat, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 4 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 17 October 2017.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from an abbreviated preservation 35mm print, duplicated by the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, which was copied from a nitrate 35mm print in active decomposition. The resulting picture looks as if the source print were 16mm as picture details are soft and a bit contrasty. The momentary nitrate decomposition is rarely distracting.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on theater pipe organ by Andrew E. Simpson.

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