Premiere: 18 October 1921 (Egyetem-mozgó, Cluj-Napoca)
Genre: feature film, crime film, silent film
Director: Márton Garas
Original length: 7 acts, 1980 m
Reporter Fred Harton meets Tom Barber, the famous London detective, and together they round up a dangerous gang of robbers. However, one member of the gang, the swindler going by the name of Marquis Fremond, evades capture. Fremond is preparing to steal diamonds and his accomplice Countess Golgowska intends to lay her hands on an important diplomatic document. Fremond slips into the jewellers but the crown encrusted with diamonds has gone. He attempts to acquire the document as well, but this similarly ends in failure. The prince with his aide arrives at the ambassadorial residence the next day. The ambassador hands over the vital document. They have just left when the ambassador is notified that the special train of the prince has just arrived. The ambassador clutches his head: so who did he give the documents to? Naturally, none other than Fremond, who is arrested and sent to prison. Fred wishes to interview the fraudster so he goes into the prison with a fellow reporter and is astonished to find… Tom Barber. The imposter tells the reporter how the whole scam worked using various disguises. The two reporters rush to the telegraph office but in the meantime they forget all about the swindle committed by Tom Barber and instead report on the latest sensation: “New York, Express Cable. Fred Harton is engaged to Maud Carty.”
What makes it interesting?
American-style cloak and dagger film featuring thieves, diplomats and reporters.
Cast & Crew
Production Companies: Corvin Filmgyár és Filmkereskedelmi Rt.
Screenwriter: Antal Radó Jr.
Cinematographer: István Eiben
Cast: László Molnár Z., Mária Czartoriszky, Oszkár Dénes, Pál Lukács / Béla Fábián (american riporter), Franciska Gaál (another riporter), Jenő Balassa, Gusztáv Vándory, Sándor Horthy, Elemér Thury, Károly Sugár, Bihari, Lajos Ihász