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Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917 film)

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Director  Hugh Ford
Genres  Silent film, Thriller
6.6/10 IMDb

Produced by  George M. Cohan
Country  United States
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917 film) movie poster
Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  October 17, 1917 (1917-10-17) (United States)
Based on  Seven Keys to Baldpate  by George M. Cohan
Writer  Earl Derr Biggers (novel), George M. Cohan (play)
Cast  George M. Cohan, Anna Q. Nilsson, Hedda Hopper, Corene Uzzell, Joseph W. Smiley
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Seven Keys to Baldpate is a 1917 American silent mystery/thriller film produced by George M. Cohan and distributed by Artcraft Pictures, an affiliate of Paramount. The film is based on Cohans play of the novel by Earl Derr Biggers. Cohan himself stars in this silent version along with Anna Q. Nilsson and Hedda Hopper, billed under her real name Elda Furry. One version of the play preceded this movie in 1916 and numerous versions followed in the succeeding decades such as the early RKO talkie starring Richard Dix.


Seven Keys to Baldpate is an extant film with much home video availability.

A writer bets a friend that he can write a 10,000-word novel in 24 hours. The friends takes the bet, and gives him the keys to his Baldpate Inn, which has been closed for the winter, so he can write in complete seclusion. Things start heating up, though, when a succession of people who also have keys to the inn begin showing up.


As described in a film magazine, George Washington Magee (Cohan) bets a companion $5,000 that he can write a bestseller in twenty-four hours. He goes to a isolated summer hotel in the mountains, receives the only key to the place, and sets about his task. Soon he is interrupted by complications as guests arrive, unexpected and uninvited, each with their own key to the deserted hotel. Two hundred thousand dollars gets deposited in the hotel safe, a young woman is shot, and, while the author hold the crooks at bay waiting for the police to arrive, they cook up a scheme to turn the tables on George. The womans body disappears from the room, and the crooks are marched off to prison by U.S. Secret Service men. The caretaker returns the following night and congratulates the author on his success, and a lady reporter capitulates under the smiles of the industrious writer.


  • George M. Cohan - George Washington Magee
  • Anna Q. Nilsson - Mary Norton
  • Elda Furry - Myra Thornhill
  • Corene Uzzell - Mrs. Rhodes
  • Joseph W. Smiley - Mayor Cargan
  • Armand Cortes - Lou Max
  • Warren Cook - Thomas Hayden (credited as C. Warren Cook)
  • Purnell Pratt - John Bland
  • Frank Losee - Hall Bentley
  • Eric Hudson - Peter the Hermit
  • Carleton Macy - Police Chief Kennedy
  • Paul Everton - Langdon
  • Russell Bassett - Quimby
  • Robert Dudley - Clerk
  • References

    Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917 film) Wikipedia
    Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917 film) IMDb Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917 film)