DirectorPaul Powell Story bySamuel Merwin CountryUSA
CastEthel Clayton (Gail Ellis), Jack Holt (Rupert O'Dare), Clyde Fillmore (Lawrence Griswold), Clarence Geldart (Silas Griswold), Josephine Crowell (Mrs. Griswold), Josephine Crowell (Sailor Hugh) Release dateAugust 8, 1920 (1920-08-08) Based on"Dinner at Eight"
by Samuel Merwin WriterEdith M. Kennedy, Samuel Merwin (story) Produced byAdolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky Similar moviesPollyanna (1920), The Roaring Road (1919), MLiss (1918), The Sheik (1921), Moran of the Lady Letty (1922)
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Crooked Streets is a 1920 American silent drama spy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is one of star Ethel Clayton's rare surviving silent films with a copy at the Library of Congress. The film is based on a short story, "Dinner at Eight", by Samuel Merwin.
As described in a film magazine, Gail Ellis (Clayton) is employed as a secretary by Professor Lawrence Griswold (Fillmore) prior to his departure from San Francisco for Shanghai, ostensibly in that city to purchase some rare vases. In the city she meets with adventures while trying to find the headquarters of the pottery merchants and is saved from molestation by Englishman Rupert O'Dare (Holt), who has to battle a drunken sailor in a boxing ring before the latter will leave her alone. As the Griswolds are about to depart for America, having purchased several cases of vases that contain opium, Rupert causes them to be arrested. They overpower him and are about to escape when Gail arrives with officers and apprehends them. Rupert then confesses that he is a member of the British secret service and Gail says that she is Ellis of the U.S. Secret Service, and that Rupert had forced her hand as she had intended to arrest the Griswolds in San Francisco. They find happiness in each other's company, and later sail to England as Mr. and Mrs. O'Dare.
Ethel Clayton as Gail Ellis
Jack Holt as Rupert O'Dare
Clyde Fillmore as Lawrence Griswold (*Clyde Fillmore)