CastJohn Emerson, Spottiswoode Aitken, W.E. Lawrence, Fred J. Butler, Raymond Wells, Lucille Young LanguageSilent (English intertitles) DirectorJohn B. OBrien
Christy Cabanne Release dateMarch 12, 1916 (1916-03-12) WriterRobert M. Baker, John Emerson, D.W. Griffith DirectorsChristy Cabanne, John B. OBrien Related Christy Cabanne moviesBeyond the Rainbow (1922), Flirting with Fate (1916), Graft (1931), Scared to Death (1947), Sensation Hunters (1945)
The Flying Torpedo is a 1916 American silent drama directed by John B. O'Brien and Christy Cabanne. The film was written by John Emerson (who also stars), Robert M. Baker and D. W. Griffith (who was not credited). The film is now considered lost.
Set in 1921, the film centers around the character of novelist Winthrop Clavering (Emerson), known as "The World's Greatest Detective". Clavering befriends young inventor Bartholomew Thompson (Spottiswoode Aitken), who has just invented a radio controlled flying bomb (weaponry that would come to be known as guided missiles). Bartholomew is soon murdered by spies, described as "yellow men from the East" in the film, who steal his new invention. Clavering and his Swedish maid Hulda (Bessie Love) set out to find the spies who have been invading the United States. Clavering and Hulda catch up with spies just as they invade California and force them out of the country with the same device they stole.
Eric von Stroheim played a small supporting role as an evil German officer.