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The Skull ()

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  • Genres: ,
  • Release: 1914-06-25
  • Director: Frank Hall Crane
  • Writers: Stuart Paton
  • Language: None | English
  • Stars: Alexander Gaden , Dorothy Phillips , Frank Hall Crane , Ruth Donnelly , William Welsh , Charles Prince , Stuart Paton
  • Runtime: 20 min
  • Awards: N/A
  • AKA: The Skull , The Skull (United States of America)
  • Plot: When Elliot, a master crook, fires his secretary, Bruce Morgan applies for and secures the position. Elliot has a sister, Sybil, who is in love with Eden Villiere, a young author. Matt Owen, a tool, of Elliot's, is instructed to rob a bank. While doing the "job" he is interrupted and pursued by a policeman. He takes refuge in Elliot's home. While the man is still in hiding Sybil observes a figure in the garden watching the house. Elliot investigates and finds that it is Morgan. On being questioned about his presence there, Morgan simply says that he was enjoying an evening walk. Elliot is satisfied. However, Morgan continues his watch, and when Matt leaves the house, Morgan follows him. Matt finds that he is being followed and confronts Morgan. They fight, Morgan is tricked and Matt gets away. Later, back in Elliot's office. Matt recognizes Morgan and informs his leader. Elliot asks Morgan what he knows and receives the reply, "everything." Morgan refuses to name his "price." Elliot, though, believes that Morgan will become his tool also. Matt on the other hand, does not trust him and persuades Elliot to send him to kill Morgan. He attempts it while Morgan sleeps. Another fight follows between them, then the room is pitched into darkness. Morgan goes to Elliot with the information that he has killed the man sent to kill him and that it is now up to Elliot. Meantime Sybil and Eden find a skull in the garden. Eden takes it home, in the hope that a study of it will give him inspiration for a story. As he watches the skull it dissolves into a human head and tells him the story of how he was murdered. Eden writes the tale down. Elliot comes upon the finished script, reads it and finds it a history of his own crime. He instructs Eden not to publish the story. Eden refuses to obey. Elliot threatens; there is another terrific fight. Sybil tries to enter the room, but finds herself locked out. Morgan watches the fight through a hole in the floor above. This proves one of the unique photographic effects of the picture. Before the fight is finished, Morgan brings the police. The door is broken down and Elliot, the "Master Crook" is arrested. As he is led off he asks Morgan who he is. Morgan replies, "Sybil's brother and the son of the man you murdered eighteen years ago." Later, it develops that Morgan had Matt in hiding; he had not killed him.
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