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The Hope Diamond
Mystery

(1921)

 

This crime mystery serial, starring Grace Darmond, George Chesebro and Harry Carter, is the earliest surviving featured role of Boris Karloff.

A large diamond, originally stolen from a Hindu temple, is offered for sale to English Lord Francis Hale. It is also the target of criminal Sidney Atherton (Carter), who disguises himself as Nang Fu.

Some location photography was taken at the home of producer Samuel S. Hinds, as is verified by the reflection of his mailbox in Sidney Atherton’s automobile window 11 minutes into episode one.

The Serial Squadron
2014 DVD edition

The Hope Diamond Mystery (1921), black & white, color-tinted black & white, and color-toned black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

The Serial Squadron, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Two single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 7 chapter stops (disc one) and 8 chapter stops (disc two); two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $39.95.
Release date: 2014.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 6 / audio: 7 / additional content: 0 / overall: 6.

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from print materials held by the Library of Congress. The results are good, with speckling, dust, occasional heavy scuffing, processing flares,

Some digital stabilization has been performed, which likely took care of pronounced frame movement, but there remains a small amount of frame movement.

The film is presented with music scores compiled from various performances on MIDI synthesizers by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com). Occasional sound effects have been added to the soundtrack.

The serial is presented with episode one (18:19), episode two (16:23), episode three (18:56), episode four (15:04), episode five (21:03), episode six (22:29) and episode seven (16:58) on disc one; and episode eight (19:48), episode nine (16:52), episode ten (17:21), episode eleven (16:45), episode twelve (16:55), episode thirteen (21:51), episode fourteen (19:29), episode fifteen (21:16) on disc two.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
Other SERIAL FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other silent era BORIS KARLOFF films available on home video.

 
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